|Maryland House of Delegates District 25|
|January 12, 2015|
|Years in position||15|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
|Bachelor's||Eastern Montana College, 1985|
|Master's||Howard University, 1987|
|Birthday||June 5, 1963|
|Place of birth||Abilene, Texas|
|Profession||Director, Center for Healthy Lifestyle Initiatives, Prince George's County Health Department|
Griffith's professional experience includes working as Senior Program Officer at the Academy for Educational Development, Project Coordinator of the National Basketball Players Association Health Education Project, clinical social worker, public health specialist and workshop facilitator.
Pensions fund gap
Griffith is the House Chair of the Special Joint Committee on Pensions and has served in this position since 2007. She has been a member of the committee since 2003.
The state was expected to have to add $189 million to its teacher and employee pension funds by the following year. Officials with the State Retirement Agency explained results from fiscal 2009 to the legislature. The $17.5 billion needed to close the gap was in addition to the approximately $28.6 billion that the pension office had already set aside.
The liabilities were due over a 25-year span, but oversight committee members differed about how quickly the state should catch up. Griffith said it was not wise nor feasible to put aside much more than what was required the following year.
“It’s far too early to make changes to the way that the system is funded,” Griffith said.
The drop came largely from an $8 billion investment loss in 2008. The state’s pension investments took a big hit during a year of market unease.
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Griffith served on these committees:
- Oversight Committee on Pensions, Chair
- Special Committee on Pensions, Chair
- Subcommittee on Capital Budget, Vice Chair
- Subcommittee on Education and Economic Development
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Griffith served on these committees:
- Subcommittee on Capital Budget (Vice Chair)
- Subcommittee on Education and Economic Development
- Oversight Committee on Pensions (Chair)
- Special Joint Committee on Pensions
- See also: Maryland State Senate elections, 2014
Elections for the office of Maryland State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 24, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 25, 2014. Incumbent Ulysses Currie defeated Terry Goolsby and Melony Griffith in the Democratic primary, while Kory Boone was unopposed in the Republican primary. Currie defeated Boone in the general election.
|Maryland State Senate, District 25 Democratic Primary, 2014|
|Ulysses Currie Incumbent||58.7%||8,173|
|Maryland House of Delegates, District 25 General Election (2010)|
|Aisha Braveboy (D)||27,804|
|Dereck Davis (D)||25,723|
|Melony Griffith (D)||25,095|
On November 7, 2006, Melony Griffith ran for District 25 of the Maryland House of Delegates, winning the second of three seats, losing to Aisha Braveboy but beating Dereck Davis, Patrick Schaeffer, Jr. and David Kiasi.
Melony Griffith raised $33,192 for her campaign.
|Maryland House of Delegates, District 25|
|Aisha Braveboy (D)||22,632||32.6%|
|Melony Griffith (D)||21,584||31.1%|
|Dereck Davis (D)||21,540||31.1%|
|Patrick Schaeffer, Jr. (R)||2,541||3.7%|
|David Kiasi (G)||999||1.4%|
In 2010, a year in which Griffith was up for re-election, she collected $25,942 in donations.
Her largest contributors in 2010 were:
|Maryland House of Delegates 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Melony Griffith's campaign in 2010|
|Service Employees Dc & Maryland State Council 54||$1,500|
|Prince Georges County Professional Fire Fighters & Paramedics Local 1619||$1,500|
|The Proctor Group Two LLC||$1,000|
|Gerard E Evans Ltd||$1,000|
|Total Raised in 2010||$25,942|
In 2006, Melony Griffith collected $33,192 in donations.
Her five largest contributors in 2006 were:
|Friends of Doug Duncan||$2,000|
|Maryland Realtors Association||$1,550|
|Citizens for Maggie McIntosh||$1,100|
|Friends of Ulysses Currie||$1,092|
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- Maryland State Legislature
- Maryland House of Delegates
- Maryland House Committees
- Maryland Joint Committees
- Maryland House of Delegates District 25
- Maryland House of Delegates - Rep. Melony Griffith
- Profile from Open States
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign contributions: 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002
- General Assembly’s *Oversight Committee on Pensions
- Maryland Secretary of State, "Official primary election candidate list," accessed March 3, 2014
- Maryland Reporter, "State pension gap grows to $17.5 billion," November 4, 2009
- Maryland State Board of Elections, "Unofficial Results for the 2014 Gubernatorial Primary Election," accessed June 25, 2014
- Maryland Secretary of State, "Official general election results," accessed March 4, 2014
- Maryland State Board of Elections, "Official 2006 Gubernatorial General Election results for House of Delegates," accessed March 24, 2014
- Follow the Money, "Griffith, Melony," accessed March 25, 2014
- Follow the Money, "Maryland 2010 - Candidates," accessed March 24, 2014
- Follow the Money, "Griffith, Melony," accessed November 24, 2014
- Project Vote Smart, "Melony Griffith's Biography," accessed March 25, 2014
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