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Verna Jones-Rodwell
Maryland State Senate District 44
Former member
In office
Assistant Deputy Majority Whip
Prior offices
Maryland House of Delegates
Bachelor'sUniversity of Maryland at College Park, 1978
Master'sBaruch College, 1987
Date of birthNovember 27, 1955
Place of birthBaltimore, Maryland
ProfessionFounder/President, Collaborative Solutions
ReligionMethodist- A.M.E
Verna L. Jones-Rodwell (b. November 27, 1955) is a former Democratic member of the Maryland State Senate, representing District 44 from 2003 to 2015.

Jones-Rodwell served as a Assistant Deputy Majority Whip in 2014. She served in the Maryland House of Delegates from 1998 to 2003.


Jones-Rodwell earned her B.A. in Urban Studies from the University of Maryland at College Park in 1978 and her M.P.A. from the City University of New York Baruch College in 1987. Her professional experience includes working as a Special Assistant to the City Manager of the City of Berkeley, California, Director of Market Development for the Development Training Institute, and Founder and President of Collaborative Solutions.

Committee assignments


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


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



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 Verna Jones-Rodwell was defeated by Shirley Nathan-Pulliam in the Democratic primary. Bernie Reiter was unopposed in the Republican primary. Nathan-Pulliam defeated Reiter in the general election.[1][2]

Maryland State Senate District 44, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngShirley Nathan-Pulliam 80.4% 26,261
     Republican Bernie Reiter 19.6% 6,412
Total Votes 32,673

Maryland State Senate, District 44 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngShirley Nathan-Pulliam 74.1% 9,851
Verna Jones-Rodwell Incumbent 25.9% 3,450
Total Votes 13,301


See also: Maryland State Senate elections, 2010

Jones-Rodwell ran for re-election to the 44th District Seat in 2010. She had no primary opposition. Jones-Rodwell defeated Bernard Reiter (R) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[3]

Maryland State Senate, District 44 (2010) General Election
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Verna Jones-Rodwell (D) 17,706 91.4%
Bernard Reiter (R) 1,669 8.6%


See also: Maryland State Senate elections, 2006

On November 7, 2006, Jones-Rodwell ran for District 44 of the Maryland State Senate, beating Sameerah Muhammad.[4]

Maryland Senate, District 44
Candidates Votes Percent
Verna Jones-Rodwell (D) 15,982 90.0%
Sameerah Muhammad(R) 1,757 9.9%
Write-Ins 26 0.1%

Campaign donors


In 2010, a year in which Jones-Rodwell was up for re-election, she raised $93,461 in donations.[5]

Her four largest contributors in 2010 were:

Donor Amount
SEIU 1199 $3,000
Service Employees DC & Maryland State Council 54 $2,500
Motir Services Inc $2,500
Health Facilities Association of Maryland $2,250


In 2006, Verna Jones-Rodwell collected $90,157 in donations.[6]

Her seven largest contributors in 2006 were:

Donor Amount
Friends of Paula Hollinger $4,000
Daniel Russell $2,000
Friends of John W. Anderson $2,000
Friends of Peter Franchot $2,000
Marylanders for Mike Miller $2,000
Olivia Harris $2,000
Maryland Trial Lawyers Association $2,000


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Preceded by
Maryland State Senate District 44
Succeeded by
Shirley Nathan-Pulliam (D)