Shawn Tarrant

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Shawn Tarrant
Maryland House of Delegates District 40
In office
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 7
Chief Deputy Majority Whip, Maryland State House of Delegates
Deputy Majority Whip, Maryland State House of Delegates
Base salary$43,500/year
Per diem$143/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2006
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sNorfolk State University, 1988
BirthdayJuly 30, 1965
Place of birthFreeport, New York
ProfessionRegion Director, State Government Operations, Bristol-Myers Squibb
Office website
Shawn Z. Tarrant (b. July 30, 1965) is a Democratic member of the Maryland House of Delegates, representing District 40. He was first elected to the chamber in 2006. He currently serves as 2nd Vice Chair of the Maryland Democratic Party.

Tarrant has served as Chief Deputy Majority Whip since 2013 and Deputy Majority Whip from 2011 to 2013.


Tarrant's professional experience includes working as Region Director of State Government Operations for Bristol-Myers Squibb.

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Tarrant served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Tarrant served on these committees:



See also: Maryland House of Delegates elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Maryland House of Delegates 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. Antonio Hayes and incumbents Frank M. Conaway, Jr. and Barbara A. Robinson defeated incumbent Shawn Z. Tarrant, Douglas R. Barry, Marvin "Doc" Cheatham, Quianna M. Cooke, Rob "Bobby" LaPin, Bill Marker and Timothy Mercer in the Democratic primary and were unopposed in the general election. Tarrant re-entered the race as a write-in candidate.[1][2]

Maryland House of Delegates, District 40 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAntonio Hayes 18.9% 4,921
Green check mark transparent.pngFrank Conaway, Jr. Incumbent 16.6% 4,324
Green check mark transparent.pngBarbara Robinson 16.3% 4,243
Shawn Tarrant Incumbent 15.5% 4,034
Marvin "Doc" Cheatham 13.4% 3,496
Rob "Bobby" LaPin 6% 1,564
Quianna M. Cooke 4.5% 1,169
Douglas R. Barry 3.6% 927
Bill Marker 2.9% 761
Timothy Mercer 2.5% 665
Total Votes 26,104


See also: Maryland House of Delegates elections, 2010

Tarrant successfully won re-election in the general election on November 2, 2010, taking the third of three seats. No Republicans filed to run in the district.[3]

Maryland House of Delegates, District 40 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Frank Conaway, Jr. (D) 19,028
Green check mark transparent.png Barbara Robinson (D) 15,988
Green check mark transparent.png Shawn Tarrant (D) 15,378


See also: Maryland House of Delegates elections, 2006

On November 7, 2006, Shawn Tarrant ran for District 40 of the Maryland House of Delegates, winning the third of three seats, losing to Frank Conaway, Jr. and Barbara Robinson but beating Jan Danforth.[4]

Shawn Tarrant raised $44,410 for his campaign.[5]

Maryland House of Delegates, District 40
Candidates Votes Percent
Frank Conaway, Jr. (D) 16,432 32.4%
Barbara Robinson (D) 16,032 31.6%
Shawn Tarrant (D) 13,921 27.5%
Jan Danforth (G) 4,135 8.2%
Write-Ins 177 0.3%

Campaign donors


In 2010, a year in which Tarrant was up for re-election, he collected $72,862 in donations.[6]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:

Maryland House of Delegates 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Shawn Tarrant's campaign in 2010
Service Employees Dc & Maryland State Council 54$2,500
Novartis Pharmaceuticals$2,000
Johnson & Johnson Services$2,000
Vna Of Maryland LLC$2,000
Lakewood Healthcare Assoc LLC$1,500
Total Raised in 2010 $72,862


In 2006, Shawn Tarrant collected $44,410 in donations. [7]

His five largest contributors in 2006 were:

Donor Amount
Shawn Tarrant $6,000
Bristol-Myers Squibb $1,000
Sable Getachew $1,000
Nelin Brothers $750


Tarrant is President of the Ashburton Area Association, and a member of the Union Baptist Church Board of Deacons, Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland, and the Work Group on Cultural Competency and Workforce Development for Mental Health Professionals.[8]

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