Joanne (Joanne) C. Benson (D-SS24)
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Capitol: 410.841.3148
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District: 301.858.3148
Senator
Room 214 James Senate Office Building 11 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991

District Office:
11 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991
Elected: 2010    Next Election: 2022
DOB: 3/11/1941
Committee Assignments
ChairmanSenate Committee on Rules
ChairmanSenate Select Committee on Prince George's County
MemberJoint Committee on Ending Homelessness
MemberJoint Committee on Unemployment Insurance Oversight
MemberJoint Committee on Fair Practices and State Personnel Oversight
MemberJoint Committee on Children, Youth, and Families
MemberJoint Committee on the Management of Public Funds
MemberSubcommittee on Health and Long-Term Care
MemberSenate Committee on Finance
Counties Representing
Prince George's

Bio

Past Senate Service 2017-2019 Assistant Deputy Majority Leader 2017-2019 Health Subcommittee of the Finance Committee 2016-2017 Paycheck Recovery Commission 2015-2019 Senate Co-Chair, Joint Committee on Protocol 2011-2014 Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee 2011-2014 Education Subcommittee of the Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee 2011-2014 Health Occupations Subcommittee of the Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee 2017-2019 Financial Consumer Protection Commission 2013-2014 Chair, Joint Committee on Access to Mental Health Services 2011-2014 Joint Committee on Welfare Reform 2011-2012 Standing Committee on Reapportionment and Redistricting 2011-2012 Task Force on the Establishment of a Statewide Spay/Neuter Fund, Senate Chair 2011-2012 Commission to Study Campaign Finance Law Past House Service 1991-2011 2007-2011 Government Operations Subcommittee of the Health and Government Operations Committee 2007-2011 Protocol Committee 2003-2011 Joint Committee on Children, Youth, and Families 2003-2011 Health and Government Operations Committee 2007-2011 Prince George's County Delegation 2005-2011 Minority Health Disparities Subcommittee of the Health and Government Operations Committee 2005-2011 House Chair, Joint Committee on Access to Mental Health Services 2001-2011 Rules and Executive Nominations Committee 2005-2006 Pharmaceuticals Subcommittee of the Health and Government Operations Committee 1999-2006 Chair, Law Enforcement and State-Appointed Boards Committee 2005 Insurance Subcommittee of the Health and Government Operations Committee 2003-2004 Health Occupations Subcommittee of the Health and Government Operations Committee 2003-2004 Long-Term Care Subcommittee of the Health and Government Operations Committee 2003-2004 Public Health Subcommittee of the Health and Government Operations Committee 1994-2003 Commerce and Government Matters Committee 2001-2003 Vice Chair, Commerce and Government Matters Committee 1999-2003 Chair, State Government and Procurement Subcommittee of the Commerce and Governmental Matters Committee 1999-2001 Deputy Majority Leader 1995-1998 Procurement Subcommittee of the Commerce and Government Matters Committee 1995-1998 Chair, State Government and Civil Rights Subcommittee of the Commerce and Government Matters Committee 1992-1993 Environmental Matters Committee 1991-1992 Constitutional and Administrative Law Committee Public Service 2019- Maryland State Council on Cancer Control 2018- Prince George's County - Affordable Housing Commission 2017-2019 Maryland Medicaid Advisory Committee 2011- Metropolitan Washington Air Quality Committee 2011-2013 Task Force to Study the Impact of Adjunct Faculty on Graduation Rates at Historically Black Institutions 2011-2013 Task Force on the Establishment of a Statewide Spay/Neuter Fund 2007-2011 Maryland School-Based Health Care Policy Advisory Council 2004-2011 Maryland Commission on Disabilities 2001 Task Force to Study Repealing the Disenfranchisement of Convicted Felons in Maryland 1999 Task Force to Study the History and Legacy of Slavery in Maryland 1996 Delegate, Democratic Party National Convention 1991- Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland (Chair 1995-96) 2000 Chair, Civil Rights committee of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland 2000 Chair, State Budget Committee of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland 2001- Chair, Education Committee of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland 2004-2010 Treasurer, Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland Memberships 2011- Legislative Committee, Women Legislators of Maryland 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 2009 Phyllis Campbell Newsome Public Policy Leadership Award, Center for Nonprofit Advancement 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008 Certificate of Appreciation, Maryland Municipal League 1989 Community Service Award, J. Franklyn Bourne Bar Association 1985 For 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