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==Campaign donors==
In 2006 Curt Anderson collected $26,820 in donations. <ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=92153 2006 contributors to Curt Anderson]</ref>
His five largest contributors in 2006 were:
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Curt Anderson
Maryland House of Delegates District 43
Assumed office
1983-1995, 2003
Current term ends
Political party Democrat
Profession Attorney
Website House site
Curtis Stovall Anderson (born October 12, 1949) is an American politician, lawyer and former broadcast journalist. Anderson was first elected to the Maryland House of Delegates in 1983, and is the chairman of the Baltimore City Delegation,[1] and former chairman of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland. After serving 12 years, he was elected again in 2002. Anderson was also a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1992 (Clinton) and 2008 (Obama).


Anderson was born on October 12, 1949 to Leonard Curtis Anderson and Jean Stovall in Chicago, Illinois. His parents divorced in 1957 and he and his two sisters were raised by his mother in Baltimore.


Anderson attended pirmary schools in Baltimore and Glencoe, Illinois. In 1964 he entered the Baltimore City College (high school), the third oldest high school in the country; and with 3,000 boys it was also one of the largest. Anderson was the captain of the Baltimore City College football and track teams[2] and winning a scholarship to Rutgers University. Anderson majored in political science and made the freshman and varsity football and freshman track teams. In the fall of 1969, Rutgers played Princeton University, in the 100th Anniversary of college football; the 1869 college football season First football game ever played between Rutgers and Princeton in 1869. Anderson saw limited action in the game and left Rutgers at the end of the semester. In 1973 he entered Morgan State University where he earned his bachelor’s degree in political science. He also played on the legendary “Morgan State University Bears” lacrosse team,[3] the only black college lacrosse team in America.[4][5] In 1982, after, his television career, he entered the University of Baltimore Law School where he earned his Juris Doctor.[6]

Television career

Prior to running for the House of Delegates Curt Anderson anchored the news at channel 2, WMAR-TV, and channel 11, WBAL-TV, in Baltimore, Maryland. Anderson was first hired by WBAL in 1976 as a reporter where he regularly covered the state legislature, Baltimore City Hall, produced features and even boxed a round with Muhammad Ali [7] as a feature story in 1978. In 1980 he was hired by WMAR-TV to be the station's weekend anchor and reported on such events as the Wayne Williams trial in Atlanta (1981) and the Cuban refugee influx in Pennsylvania. In April 1982, Anderson was fired by WMAR-TV following a 90 day labor strike.[8] Other news anchors in Baltimore during Anderson's tenure included Oprah Winfrey, Jerry Turner, Mike Hambrick, Ron Smith, Sue Simmons, Vince Bagli and Spencer Christian. Anderson was also a member of the Association of Black Media Workers,[9] and its parent organization the National Association of Black Journalists. As a member, Anderson worked with his colleagues to increase the numbers of African-Americans employed in Baltimore television and radio stations during the 1970s. The group also sought to help solve social issues such as drugs, homelessness and illiteracy that existed in the African-American community as well as to encourage young African-Americans to enter the field of journalism. (On March 3, 2008, the Baltimore Sun wrote that Anderson is an avid Wikipedia editor.)[10]



On November 7, 2006, Curt Anderson ran for District 43 of the Maryland House of Delegates, winning the first of three seats, beating Maggie McIntosh, Ann Marie Doory, Armand Girard, David Greene, Brandy Baker, and Richard Ochs. [11]

Curt Anderson raised $26,820 for his campaign.[12]

Maryland House of Delegates, District 43
Candidates Votes Percent
Curt Anderson (D) 22,315 29.4%
Maggie McIntosh (D) 22,093 29.1%
Ann Marie Doory (D) 21,219 28.0%
Armand Girard (R) 3,425 4.5%
David Greene (G) 2,619 3.5%
Brandy Baker (G) 2,267 3.0%
Richard Ochs (G) 1,772 2.3%
Write-Ins 85 0.1%

Campaign donors


In 2006 Curt Anderson collected $26,820 in donations. [13]

His five largest contributors in 2006 were:

Donor Amount
Maryland Trial Lawyers Association $2,500
Mid-Atlantic Regional Council of Carpenters $2,000
BLM & C Inc. $1,000
1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East $1,000
Citizens for Maggie McIntosh $1,000

Legislative career

After serving seven years in the Maryland General Assembly, Anderson was elected chairman of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland.[14] As chairman he sponsored and saw passed Maryland's Minoirty Business Enterprise Act. One of the benefits of this act for minority business was increased participation in major state projects like the building of Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Nearly 20% of the contracts let for the construction of the new ballpark went to minority owned businesses. After 12 years in the House, Anderson ran for the Senate in 1994 but was defeated in the democratic primary. He practiced law for the next 8 years when the political bug bit again. In 2002 he made a run for the House of Delegates. As before he was a non-incumbent running against four incumbents for three seats. Unlike his first race in 1982 where he beat all the incumbents and finished first, this time Anderson finished third with a razor thin 100 vote margin of victory over 4th place finisher incumbent Ken Montague. In the 2006 campaign, Anderson joined with 43rd district incumbents Senator Joan Carter Conway, and Delegates Maggie McIntosh and Ann Marie Doory to defeat a field of 6 other challengers. The team knocked on more than 20,000 doors, mailed nearly 100,000 thousand pieces of literature and defeated all challengers in both the primary and general elections.[15]


Curt Anderson is also the chairman of the House Judiciary's subcommittee on criminal justice,[16] and former chairman of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland's committee on crime and justice. In 2003, Delegate Anderson was appointed to and currently serves on the Maryland State Commission on Criminal Sentencing Policy.[17] His experiences from these positions as well as his background as a criminal defense attorney led him to the conclusion that most crime is just a symptom of the larger problem that society faces: drug addiction. In the 2007 session of the Maryland General Assembly, Anderson, therefore, introduced measures[18] to increase drug treatment[19] funding while requiring the state's courts to refer first time misdemeanor drug users to treatment. The initiative mirrors those adopted on the west coast under California Proposition 36. Anderson's other bill in the drug area represents a major change in Maryland drug policy, HB992, would have repealed the state's without parole provisions from the sentences of second time non-violent drug felons.[20] Referencing the fact that nearly 90% of those incarcerated in Maryland for drug felonies are of African-American descent, Anderson has sought to create a racially equitable solution to the drug problem.[21] The Maryland State Commission of Sentencing Guidelines is also considering changing sentencing guidelines for low level felony drug offenders.[22] Although the bill passed both Houses, it sits on the Governor's desk and could be the subject of the new Governor's first veto.[23] Additionally, Anderson was the House of Delegates floor leader on legislation that would automatically expunge the records of the thousands of young men who have been arrested in Baltimore City without being charged with a crime.[24] In 2006 more than 21,000 people, mostly African-Americans, were arrested in Baltimore City and then released hours later without being charged with a crime. Existing Maryland law would allow them to have their records expunged of these arrests but not without signing a written waiver of rights or waiting for three years. HB-10 would make the expungement automatic with no waiver, no fee and no waiting period. It passed the Maryland House of Delegates on March 7, 2007, by a vote of 130- [25] and signed into law on April 10, 2007.

Anderson also sponsored legislation that would require the state's forensic laboratories be strictly monitored. The bill, which was also signed by the Governor in 2007, proposed to ensure that the scientific reliability of forensic testimony could not be challenge due to a lack of appropriate standards and basic protocols.[26]


During the 2008 legislative session Anderson sponsored the Custodial Interrogation Act which requires law enforcement officers to electronically record interrogations in murder and rape cases that resulted in confessions.[27].[28] The bill was signed into law by the Governor in May 2008.


During the 2009 session of the Maryland General Assembly, Anderson introduced two bills aimed at strengthening Maryland's drunk driving laws: HB330 (Manslaughter and Vehicular Manslaughter -Penalties) and HB 212 (Preliminary Breath Test - Evidence).[29]. Additionally his sub-committee re-wrote and updated Maryland's theft statute (HB66) and he sponsored several gun bills designed to decrease violent crime in Baltimore.[30]

Legislative notes


  • voted against slots in 2005 (HB1361)[31]
  • primary sponsored "No-Knock" Warrants (HB557), (became law Chapter 560)[32]


  • voted for Healthy Air Act in 2006 (SB154)[33]
  • co-sponsor HB524- Driving Without a License - Arrest and Penalties (Became law Chapter 329)[34]


  • voted in favor of the Tax Reform Act of 2007 (HB2)[1]
  • voted in favor of prohibiting ground rents in 2007(SB106)[35]
  • co-sponsor HB131, Maryland Clean Cars Act of 2007 (became law Chapter 112)[36]
  • primary sponsor HB251, Property Tax Credit for Newly Constructed Dwellings (became law Chapter 228)[37]
  • primary sponsor HB789/SB351, setting standards and requirements for Maryland's forensic labs (became law Chapter 147)[38]
  • primary sponsor of HB 1071, creating child fatality review teams for the prevention of child deaths (became law Chapter 264)[39]
  • voted in favor of in-state tuition for students who attended Maryland highschools for at least 2 years. (HB6)(2007) [40]
  • primary sponsor HB1203, Correctional Officers- Reinstatement of Certification After Wrongful Termination (became law Chapter 642)[41]

2007 special session

  • voted against slots (Video Lottery Terminals)(SB3)[42]


  • primary sponsor of HB6, requiring custodial interrogations in capital cases be recorded.(became law Chapter 360)[43]
  • co-sponsor of HB76, increasing the penalty for furnishing alcohol to persons under 21.(became law Chapter 566)[44]
  • co-sponsor of HB285, State intervention in Counties with high truancy rates: Behavior Modification Programs.(became law Chapter 368)[45]
  • primary sponsor of HB768, authorizing access to specified court and police records by Baltimore Health Dept.(became law Chapter 603)[46]


  • primary sponsor of HB66, revamping and updating Maryland's theft statute.( Chapter ___) [47]
  • primary sponsor of HB88, Restrictions on Pretrial Release- Offenses Involving Firearms- Repeat Offenders.(Became law Chapter 42)[48]
  • primary sponsor of HB92, Authority of the Mayor to remove Police Commissioner (Became Law Chapter40)[49]


  • 2008 Legislator of the Year- Office of the Maryland Public Defender[50]

External links


  1. "Maryland Manual On-Line". Maryland Archives. http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/mdmanual/06hse/html/msa13208.html. Retrieved on 2007-02-23. 
  2. Strasburger, Editor The 1967 Green Bag. place of publication unknown, 1967.
  3. Harrison,, Miles Jr.; Chip Silverman (2001). Ten Bears. USA: Positive Publications, 185. ISBN 0-967992-21-4. 
  4. Hill, David (2008-08-28). "Baltimore Delegate Curt Anderson knows about firsts", Baltimore Examiner. Retrieved on 2008-09-01. 
  5. Eisenberg, John. "In Black And White, For The Silver Screen - A Lacrosse Story". Black Athlete. http://www.blackathlete.net/artman2/publish/CollegeSports_24/In_Black_And_White_For_The_Silver_Screen_-_A_Lacro_1506.shtml. Retrieved on 2007-04-23. "A Ten Bears movie would focus just on Morgan's team." 
  6. "State Bolsters University's Future". University of Baltimore. 05 2006. http://www.ubalt.edu/current/index.cfm?category=1. Retrieved on 2007-02-23. 
  7. http://www.webcsa.com/curt/v1.wmv
  8. Saunders, Adrienne (2004-04-08). "Delegate Anderson Overwhelmed on House Floor", Capital News Service. Retrieved on 2007-03-01. 
  9. "History of the Association of Black Media Workers". The Association of Black Media Workers. http://www.abmw-md.org/history.html. Retrieved on 2007-03-01. "the ranks included: Sandra Banks and Kweisi Mfume; Oprah Winfrey and Clarice Scriber of WJZ-TV; Curt Anderson of WMAR-TV" 
  10. Dechter, Gadi. "Delegate's obsession a benefit to the Net". The Baltimore Sun. http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/local/politics/bal-md.wikipedia03mar03,0,875326.story. Retrieved on 2008-03-03. 
  11. Maryland House of Delegates official election results for 2006
  12. Follow the Money's report on Anderson's 2006 campaign contributions
  13. 2006 contributors to Curt Anderson
  14. "Anderson elected by caucus" (tif). 1988-06-25. Archived from the original on 1988-09-11. http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/speccol/sc3500/sc3520/013200/013208/html/msa13208.html. Retrieved on 2007-02-23. 
  15. "Official 2006 Gubernatorial General Election results for Baltimore City". Maryland State Board of Elections. http://www.elections.state.md.us/elections/2006/results/general/county_Baltimore_City.html. Retrieved on 2007-02-22. 
  16. "Maryland House of Delegates: Judiciary Committee". Maryland State Archives. http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/mdmanual/06hse/html/com/05jud.html#criminal. Retrieved on 2007-02-25. 
  17. "Commissioners". Maryland State Commission on Sentencing Guidelines. http://www.msccsp.org/guidelines.html. Retrieved on 2007-03-12. 
  18. "Delegate Curt Anderson". Maryland State Department of Legislative Services, Office of Information Systems. http://mlis.state.md.us/2007RS/sponsors/anderson.htm. Retrieved on 2007-03-12. 
  19. "Drug Policy News". Drug Policy Alliance. http://www.drugpolicy.org/news/021507naomi.cfm. Retrieved on 2007-03-12. "Clearly, the current practice of using prisons as a catch-all solution for social problems cannot continue." 
  20. Lazarick, Len (2007-03-24). "House Rejects Parole for Drug Offenders", Baltimore Examiner. Retrieved on 2007-04-11. 
  21. "Report Shows the Racism Behind Drug Sentences". Law Professor Blogs Network. http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/crimprof_blog/2007/week9/index.html. Retrieved on 2007-03-17. "Repealing the minimum-sentencing laws would allow judges to require treatment, particularly in the case of a low-level dealer who sells drugs to support an addiction" 
  22. "Draft Minutes". Maryland State Commission on Criminal Sentencing Policy. http://www.msccsp.org/commission/minutes/Approved%20Minutes%2001_09_06.pdf. Retrieved on 2007-03-21. "the Commission should develop a system of diversion from incarceration for low-level drug offenders" 
  23. Rein, Lisa (2007-05-08). "Bill Could Shorten Some Drug Dealers' Prison Time", Washington Post. Retrieved on 2007-05-14. "Advocates for repealing fixed terms say locking up nonviolent offenders instead of treating them is ineffective" 
  24. Sherman, John (2007-05-08). "Erasing Arrests", WBAL-TV. Retrieved on 2007-05-14. 
  25. "House Bill 10". Maryland Department of Legislative Services. http://mlis.state.md.us/2007rs/billfile/hb0010.htm. Retrieved on 2007-04-21. 
  26. BILL INFO-2007 Regular Session-HB 879
  27. "HB6". Maryland Department of Legislative Services. http://mlis.state.md.us/2008rs/billfile/hb0006.htm. Retrieved on 2008-03-21. 
  28. Smith, Van. "Fess Up", Baltimore City PaperServices. Retrieved on 2008-05-21. "Instead of calling for cameras to be used when suspects in custody are being questioned in 18 crime categories, as initially proposed, he told the committee the bill now requires it in four: murders, rapes, and first- and second-degree sex offenses." 
  29. "Delegate Curt Anderson". Maryland Department of Legislative Services. http://mlis.state.md.us/2009rs/sponsors/anderson$.htm. Retrieved on 2009-02-04. 
  30. http://mlis.state.md.us/2009rs/sponsors/anderson$.htm
  31. "House Bill 1361". Maryland Department of Legislative Services. http://mlis.state.md.us/2005rs/votes/house/0152.htm. Retrieved on 2007-05-11. 
  32. "House Bill 557". Maryland Department of Legislative Services. http://mlis.state.md.us/2005rs/billfile/hb0577.htm. Retrieved on 2009-02-02. 
  33. "Senate Bill 154". Maryland Department of Legislative Services. http://mlis.state.md.us/2006rs/votes/house/0942.htm. Retrieved on 2007-05-11. 
  34. http://mlis.state.md.us/2006rs/billfile/hb0524.htm
  35. "House Bill 6". Maryland Department of Legislative Services. http://mlis.state.md.us/2007RS/votes/house/0250.htm. Retrieved on 2007-05-11. 
  36. "House Bill 1203". Maryland Department of Legislative Services. http://mlis.state.md.us/2007RS/billfile/hb0131.htm. Retrieved on 2009-03-21. 
  37. "House Bill 1203". Maryland Department of Legislative Services. http://mlis.state.md.us/2007RS/billfile/hb0251.htm. Retrieved on 2009-03-21. 
  38. "Senate Bill 351/HB789". Maryland Department of Legislative Services. http://mlis.state.md.us/2007RS/billfile/sb0351.htm. Retrieved on 2009-03-02. 
  39. "House Bill 1071". Maryland Department of Legislative Services. http://mlis.state.md.us/2007rs/billfile/hb1071.htm. Retrieved on 2007-05-11. 
  40. "House Bill 6". Maryland Department of Legislative Services. http://mlis.state.md.us/2007RS/votes/house/0690.htm. Retrieved on 2007-05-11. 
  41. "House Bill 1203". Maryland Department of Legislative Services. http://mlis.state.md.us/2007RS/billfile/hb1203.htm. Retrieved on 2009-03-21. 
  42. "Senate Bill 3". Maryland Department of Legislative Services. http://mlis.state.md.us/2007S1/billfile/sb0003.htm. Retrieved on 2009-02-02. 
  43. "HB6". Maryland Department of Legislative Services. http://mlis.state.md.us/2008rs/billfile/hb0006.htm. Retrieved on 2008-03-21. 
  44. "HB76". Maryland Department of Legislative Services. http://mlis.state.md.us/2008rs/billfile/hb0076.htm. Retrieved on 2009-03-22. 
  45. "HB368". Maryland Department of Legislative Services. http://mlis.state.md.us/2008rs/billfile/hb0285.htm. Retrieved on 2009-03-22. 
  46. "HB768". Maryland Department of Legislative Services. http://mlis.state.md.us/2008rs/billfile/hb0768.htm. Retrieved on 2008-03-21. 
  47. "Delegate Curt Anderson". Maryland Department of Legislative Services. http://mlis.state.md.us/2008rs/billfile/hb0006.htm. Retrieved on 2009-04-15. 
  48. "HOUSE BILL 6, CHAPTER NUMBER: 360". http://mlis.state.md.us/2008rs/billfile/hb0006.htm. Retrieved on 2009-04-15. 
  49. "Delegate Curt Anderson". Maryland Department of Legislative Services. http://mlis.state.md.us/2008rs/billfile/hb0006.htm. Retrieved on 2009-04-15. 
  50. "Defender of Defenders Award". Office of the Maryland Public Defender. http://www.opd.state.md.us/news.html. Retrieved on 2008-10-02. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Maryland House of Delegates District 43
Succeeded by

Portions of this article was taken from Wikipedia on August 5, 2009, under its GFDL license.