Senator Joanne C. Benson

2018 Regular Session

District 24, Prince George's County

Senator Joanne C. Benson
Annapolis Address:214 James Senate Office Building
11 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401

Phone: 410-841-3148 | 301-858-3148 | Toll-free in MD: 1-800-492-7122 ext. 3148
Fax: 301-858-3149
Interim Address:214 James Senate Office Building
11 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401

Phone: 301-858-3148
Fax: 301-858-3149
Contact:Contact Online or send email to: joanne.benson@senate.state.md.us
Tenure:First elected to the Senate in 2010. Member of the Senate since 2011.
Current Assignments:2016- Assistant Deputy Majority Leader
2015- Finance Committee
2015- Health Subcommittee of the Finance Committee
2015- Joint Committee on Fair Practices and State Personnel Oversight
2015- Joint Committee on the Management of Public Funds
2017- Joint Committee on Unemployment Insurance Oversight
2015- Senate Co-Chair, Joint Committee on Protocol
2011- Joint Committee on Children, Youth, and Families
2015- Joint Committee on Ending Homelessness
2017- Financial Consumer Protection Commission
2017- Workgroup on the Maryland Open Transportation Investment Decision Act
2005- Maryland Veterans Caucus
1991- Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland
1991- Women Legislators of Maryland
Party Affiliation:Democrat

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Past Senate Service
2016-2017Paycheck Recovery Commission
2011-2014Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee
2011-2014Education Subcommittee of the Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee
2011-2014Health Occupations Subcommittee of the Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee
2013-2014Chair, Joint Committee on Access to Mental Health Services
2011-2014Joint Committee on Welfare Reform
2011-2012Standing Committee on Reapportionment and Redistricting
2011-2012Task Force on the Establishment of a Statewide Spay/Neuter Fund, Senate Chair
2011-2012Commission to Study Campaign Finance Law
Past House Service 1991-2011
2007-2011Government Operations Subcommittee of the Health and Government Operations Committee
2007-2011Protocol Committee
2003-2011Joint Committee on Children, Youth, and Families
2003-2011Health and Government Operations Committee
2007-2011Prince George’s County Delegation
2005-2011Minority Health Disparities Subcommittee of the Health and Government Operations Committee
2005-2011House Chair, Joint Committee on Access to Mental Health Services
2001-2011Rules and Executive Nominations Committee
2005-2006Pharmaceuticals Subcommittee of the Health and Government Operations Committee
1999-2006Chair, Law Enforcement and State-Appointed Boards Committee
2005Insurance Subcommittee of the Health and Government Operations Committee
2003-2004Health Occupations Subcommittee of the Health and Government Operations Committee
2003-2004Long-Term Care Subcommittee of the Health and Government Operations Committee
2003-2004Public Health Subcommittee of the Health and Government Operations Committee
1994-2003Commerce and Government Matters Committee
2001-2003Vice Chair, Commerce and Government Matters Committee
1999-2003Chair, State Government and Procurement Subcommittee of the Commerce and Governmental Matters Committee
1999-2001Deputy Majority Leader
1995-1998Procurement Subcommittee of the Commerce and Government Matters Committee
1995-1998Chair, State Government and Civil Rights Subcommittee of the Commerce and Government Matters Committee
1992-1993Environmental Matters Committee
1991-1992Constitutional and Administrative Law Committee
Public Service
2017-Maryland Medicaid Advisory Committee
2011-Metropolitan Washington Air Quality Committee
2011-Task Force to Study the Impact of Adjunct Faculty on Graduation Rates at Historically Black Institutions
2011-Task Force on the Establishment of a Statewide Spay/Neuter Fund
2007-2011Maryland School-Based Health Care Policy Advisory Council
2004-2011Maryland Commission on Disabilities
2001-Legislative Committee, Women Legislators of Maryland
2001Task Force to Study Repealing the Disenfranchisement of Convicted Felons in Maryland
1999Task Force to Study the History and Legacy of Slavery in Maryland
1996-Delegate, Democratic Party National Convention
1991-Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland
1995-1996Chair, Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland
2000Chair, Civil Rights committee of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland
2000Chair, State Budget Committee of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland
2001-Chair, Education Committee of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland
2004-2010Treasurer, Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland
Memberships
2003-Maryland Bicycle and Pedestrian Caucus
1980-Honorary Life Member, Girl Scouts of America
Coalition of 100 Black Women
Prince George’s County Educator’s Association, Negotiations Team
Maryland State Teacher’s Association (MTSA)
National Education Association (NEA)
Prince George’s Bargaining Council
Coalition of Economic Development
Black Democratic Council
Awards
1989Community Service Award, J. Franklyn Bourne Bar Association
1985For Love of Children Award, Kiwanis Club of Capitol Centre
Outstanding Minority Leader, Outstanding and Dedicated Services to Children and Youth, Outstanding Minority Leadership Award, Outstanding Educator, Prince George’s County Public Schools
Outstanding Community Service Award, Las Amigas
Citizen of Year, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity
Outstanding Minority Educator, MSTA Minority Caucus
Biographical Information
Born, Roanoke, Virginia, March 11, 1941
South Hagerstown High School; Bowie State College, B.S., Elementary Education, 1962; Catholic University of America, M.A., Curriculum and Instruction, 1974; George Washington University
Retired Educator; School Administrator; Former School Principal, Prince George’s County Public School System
Member, First Baptist Church of Glenarden
Single

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