University of Illinois, B.F.A. (fine arts), cum laude, 1973, M.A. (fine arts), 1974.
A former art teacher, I began my career in government and politics as a Howard County community activist for slower growth and an adequate number of public schools. I served on Howard County Council from 1986 to 1994 and have served as delegate in Maryland’s District 13 since 1994. I served as vice chair of the Health and Government Operations (HGO) Committee from 2007 to 2016 and have been HGO chair since 2017. Before that, I served on the Economic Matters Committee from 1995 to 2002, including as vice chair of the Science and Technology Subcommittee from 1999 until 2002. I also serve on the Rules and Executive Nominations Committee. Over the years, I have served on various committees related to health insurance, including the Joint Oversight Committee of the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange, the Task Force to Study Electronic Health Records, the Joint Legislative Task Force on Small Group Market Health Insurance, and the House Medical Malpractice Workgroup. I have sponsored numerous bills with the goal of making health care accessible and effective for Marylanders, including a 2001 bill to provide affordable prescription drug coverage to seniors. That bill was ultimately incorporated into a comprehensive health bill that became law. I was among the first legislators to begin advocating for electronic health records, including sponsoring a law passed in 2008 that allowed for electronic signatures. I also sponsored successful legislation halting the proposed conversion of CareFirst Blue Cross/Blue Shield to a for-profit company, and a subsequent bill establishing increased oversight of the CareFirst board of directors. I also sponsored a successful law in 2006 requiring public reporting of healthcare-associated infections rates in the state-mandated “Hospital Report Card.” This year, I was a sponsor of legislation that created a reinsurance pool to help stabilize health insurance premiums.