Joseline (Joseline) A. Pena-Melnyk (D-SH21C)
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Capitol: 410.841.3502
FAX: 410.841.3342
District: 301.213.3604
Room 241 Taylor House Office Building 6 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401

District Office:
PO Box 1251
College Park, MD 20740
Elected: 2006    Next Election: 2026
Spouse: Markian Melnyk   DOB: 6/27/1966
Committee Assignments
ChairmanHouse Committee on Health and Government Operations
ChairmanJoint Commission on Maryland Health Insurance Coverage Protection
MemberHouse Committee on Rules and Executive Nominations
Ex-OfficioJoint Committee on Legislative Policy
Counties Representing
Anne Arundel / Prince George's


First elected to the Maryland House of Delegates, 2006. Member of the House since 2007.

Current Assignments 2022 Chair, Health and Government Operations Committee (Member 2007, Vice Chair 2019-2022) 2019 Legislative Policy Committee 2019 Rules and Executive Nominations Committee 2017 House Chair, Maryland Health Insurance Coverage Protection Commission 2021 House Cannabis Referendum and Legalization Workgroup (Chair, Health Determinants Subcommittee) 2019 Vice Chair, Maryland Legislative Latino Caucus (Chair 2015-2017, Secretary, 2017-2018, Member 2015) 2007- Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland, Inc.

2007- Women Legislators of Maryland 2016 Maryland Veterans Caucus Past House Service Chair, Public Health & Minority Health Disparities Subcommittee of the Health and Government Operation Committee, 2015-2022; Joint Covid-19 Response Workgroup, 2020; Opioid Workgroup, 2018; Chair, Affordable Care Act (ACA) Workgroup, 2018; Punitive Damages Workgroup, 2016-2017; Government Operations & Long Term Care Subcommittee of the Health and Government Operations Committee, 2014-2017; Government Operations and Estates and Trusts Subcommittee of the Health and Government Operations Committee, 2017-2019; Government Operations and Health Facilities Subcommittee of the Health and Government Operations Committee, 2020-2021; Joint Oversight Committee on the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange, 2014-2017; Public Safety and Policing Workgroup, 2015-2016; House Chair, Joint Committee on Access to Mental Health Services, 2011-2014; Public Health and Long Term Care Subcommittee of the Health and Government Operations Committee, 2007-2014; Regional Revitalization Work Group, 2015-2019; Joint Committee on Behavioral Health and Opioid Use Disorders, 2015-2021.2022 Insurance and Pharmaceuticals Subcommittee of the Health and Government Operations Committee Public Service Maryland Medicaid Advisory Committee, 2015-2022; Governor's Commission to Reform Maryland's Pretrial System, 2014; Virginia I. Jones Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Council, 2013-2016; Chair, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission Committee, Prince George's County Delegation, 2011-2012; Governor's Wellmobile Program Advisory Board, 2011-; Task Force to Study the Procurement of Health, Education, and Social Services by State Agencies (House Co-Chair 2009-2010), 2009-2012; Vice Chair, County Affairs Committee, Prince George's County Delegation, 2008-2010; Task Force on the Preservation of Heritage Language Skills in Maryland, 2008-2009; Task Force on Health Care Access and Reimbursement, 2007-2008; Vice Chair, Law Enforcement and State Appointed Boards Committee, Prince George's County Delegation, 2007-2008; City Council, College Park, representing District 4, 2003-2006; Former Member, Recreation Board, College Park.

Memberships Maryland Legislative Transit Caucus, 2019-; Maryland Military Installation Caucus, 2017-; Co-Chair, Latino Leadership Council, Maryland Democratic Party, 2010-; Eastern Region Board of Directors, Women in Government; North College Park Civic Association; West College Park Civic Association; College Park Rotary Club.

Awards Health Care Power List, The Daily Record, 2023; Power 30 Health Care, The Daily Record, 2022; Maryland's Top 100 Women, The Daily Record, 2021, 2018, 2015; Outstanding Legislator of the Year, Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, 2017; Certificate of Appreciation, Maryland Municipal League, 2009-2011, 2007; Municipal Super Star, Maryland Municipal League, 2008.

Biographical Information Born, Dominican Republic, June 27, 1966; John F. Kennedy High School, Bronx, New York; Buffalo State College, B.A., Criminal Justice, 1987; University at Buffalo Law School, The State University of New York, J.D., 1991; Attorney, Defender Association of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1991-92; Assistant U.S. Attorney, Office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, U.S. Department of Justice, 1997-99; Married; three children.