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In 2014, the Legislature is projected to be in session from January 8 to April 7.
In 2014, the Legislature will be in session from January 8 to April 7.
====Major issues====
Major issues during the 2014 legislative session include addressing the state's minimum wage, emergency health insurance, marijuana legalization and tax relief.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/md-politics/10-things-to-watch-in-the-2014-maryland-general-assembly-session/2014/01/08/40d7f67c-7817-11e3-b1c5-739e63e9c9a7_story.html ''washingtonpost.com'', "10 things to watch in the 2014 Maryland General Assembly session," January 7, 2014]</ref>

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Maryland House of Representatives

Seal of Maryland.jpg
General Information
Type:   Lower house
Term limits:   None
2015 session start:   January 9, 2013
Website:   Official House Page
House Speaker:  Michael Busch (D)
Majority Leader:   Kumar Barve (D)
Minority Leader:   Nicholaus Kipke (R)
Members:  141
   Democratic Party (91)
Republican Party (50)
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:   Art III, Maryland Constitution
Salary:   $43,500/year + per diem
Last Election:  November 2, 2010 (141 seats)
Next election:  November 4, 2014 (141 seats)
Redistricting:  General Assembly has control
Meeting place:
Maryland house of delegates.jpg
The Maryland House of Delegates is the lower house of the Maryland General Assembly. The House of Delegates meets at the State Capitol in Annapolis. There are 141 members elected to four-year terms. The current four-year term structure was instituted in 1922. From 1845 to 1922, Delegates served two-year terms. [1] Delegates are only given 90 days to act on over 2,300 pieces of legislation, including the State Budget.

Each member represents an average of 40,947 residents, as of the 2010 Census.[2]

As of May 2015, Maryland is one of 7 Democratic state government trifectas.


Article III of the Maryland Constitution establishes when the Maryland General Assembly, of which the House of Delegates is a part, is to be in session. Section 14 of Article III states that the General Assembly is to convene in regular session every year on the second Wednesday of January.

Section 14 also contains the procedures for convening extraordinary sessions of the General Assembly. If a majority of the members of each legislative house petition the Governor of Maryland with a request for an extraordinary session, the Governor is constitutionally required to proclaim an extraordinary session.

Article II of the Maryland Constitution also gives the Governor of Maryland the power to proclaim an extraordinary session without the request of the General Assembly.


See also: Dates of 2014 state legislative sessions

In 2014, the Legislature will be in session from January 8 to April 7.

Major issues

Major issues during the 2014 legislative session include addressing the state's minimum wage, emergency health insurance, marijuana legalization and tax relief.[3]


See also: Dates of 2013 state legislative sessions

In 2013, the Legislature was in session from January 9 through April 8.

Major issues

Major issues during the 2013 legislative session included an assault weapons ban, boosting the state's wind power industry, repeal of the death penalty, and transportation funding.[4]


See also: Dates of 2012 state legislative sessions

In 2012, the House was in session from January 11 through April 19.


In 2011, the House was in session from January 12 through April 11. [5] A special redistricting session is planned for week of October 17, however an exact date is not yet known.[6]


In 2010, the Maryland General Assembly was in session from January 13th to April 12th. [7]

Ethics and transparency

Open States Transparency

See also: Open States' Legislative Data Report Card

The Sunlight Foundation released an "Open Legislative Data Report Card" in March 2013. Maryland was given a grade of B in the report. The report card evaluated how adequate, complete and accessible legislative data was to the general public. A total of 10 states received an A: Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Kansas, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Texas, Virginia and Washington.[8]



See also: Maryland House of Delegates elections, 2010

Elections for the office of Maryland House of Delegates were held in Maryland on November 2, 2010. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was July 6, 2010 and the primary election day was on September 14, 2010.

In 2010, candidates running for state house raised a total of $14,870,197 in campaign contributions. The top 10 donors were: [9]


See also: Maryland House of Delegates elections, 2006

Elections for the office of Maryland House of Delegates consisted of a primary election on September 12, 2006, and a general election on November 7, 2006.

During the 2006 election, the total contributions to House candidates was $16,245,588. The top 10 contributors were:[10]


See also: Maryland House of Delegates elections, 2002

Elections for the office of Maryland House of Delegates consisted of a primary election on September 10, 2002, and a general election on November 5, 2002.

During the 2002 election, the total contributions to House candidates was $12,715,258. The top 10 contributors were:[11]


Section 9 of Article 3 of the Maryland Constitution states, "A person is eligible to serve as a Senator or Delegate, who on the date of his election, (1) is a citizen of the State of Maryland, (2) has resided therein for at least one year next preceding that date, and (3) if the district which he has been chosen to represent has been established for at least six months prior to the date of his election, has resided in that district for six months next preceding that date.

If the district which the person has been chosen to represent has been established less than six months prior to the date of his election, then in addition to (1) and (2) above, he shall have resided in the district for as long as it has been established.

A person is eligible to serve as a Senator, if he has attained the age of twenty-five years, or as a Delegate, if he has attained the age of twenty-one years, on the date of his election."


See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures
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The Governor is responsible for filling all vacancies in the house.[12]

The Governor has 30 days after the vacancy to make an appointment based on the recommendations of the political party committee that holds the vacant seat. The political party committee has up to 30 days after the vacancy to submit a list of recommended candidates to the Governor. If the party committee fails to act within the 30 day deadline, the Governor has 15 days to appoint a person from the political party that last held the seat.[13]

The person appointed to the seat serves for the remainder of the unfilled term.[14]


See also: Redistricting in Maryland

Maryland employs two distinct processes for state legislative and Congressional redistricting. The General Assembly bears primary responsibility, proposing and passing the redistricting plan as ordinary legislation, and the Governor of Maryland can veto the plan. For state legislative redistricting, the Governor is responsible for drafting plans and submitting the new maps to the General Assembly. The Governor, aided by an advisory commission, submits a plan, and the chamber leadership introduces the plan as a joint resolution. The General Assembly may then adopt the plan or pass another. If a plan is not adopted by the 45th day of the session, the Governor's plan becomes law.[15]


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Maryland's population grew from 5.30 million to 5.77 million between 2000 and 2010.[16] The growth rate was slightly below the national average, but was one of the fastest rates in the Northeast. Maryland retained all eight Congressional districts, but population shifts suggested that many districts would need to be redrawn.[17] The City of Baltimore lost population relative to other areas of the state.[18]

Gov. Martin O'Malley introduced a state legislative plan on January 11, 2012. Members of the legislature produced alternative plans, but no hearings were scheduled. O'Malley's map became law in February 2012 without a vote.[19] The map-making process had been criticized for the inclusion of a tax evader on the Redistricting Advisory Committee, but O'Malley noted that the financial troubles of this member were not made known to him or the public until later in the process, and this individual was cut off from the process after that point.[20]

The Congressional district map has been challenged by petitioners, and may be put to popular referendum.[21]


Partisan composition

See also: Partisan composition of state houses
Party As of May 2015
     Democratic Party 91
     Republican Party 50
Total 141

The chart below shows the partisan composition of the Maryland State House of Representatives from 1992-2013.
Partisan composition of the Maryland State House.PNG


The Speaker of the House is the presiding officer of the body and is elected by the membership. The Speaker Pro Tempore is also elected by the House, while the Majority Leader is appointed by the Speaker and the Minority Leader is elected by the minority party.[22]

Current leadership

Current Leadership, Maryland House of Delegates
Office Representative Party
State Speaker of the House Michael Busch Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Speaker Pro Tempore Adrienne Jones Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Deputy Speaker Pro Tempore Carolyn Howard Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Majority Leader Kumar Barve Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Deputy Majority Leader Dan Morhaim Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Assistant Majority Leader James Hubbard Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Parliamentarian Brian Feldman Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Majority Whip Talmadge Branch Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Chief Deputy Majority Whip Anne Kaiser Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Chief Deputy Majority Whip Justin Ross Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Majority Caucus Leader Marvin Holmes, Jr. Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Minority Leader Nicholaus Kipke Ends.png Republican
State House Assistant Minority Leader Nancy Stocksdale Ends.png Republican
State House Parliamentarian Michael Smigiel, Sr. Ends.png Republican
State House Minority Whip Kathy Szeliga Ends.png Republican
State House Assistant Minority Whip Steve Schuh Ends.png Republican
State House Chief Deputy Minority Whip William Frank Ends.png Republican
State House Minority Caucus Leader Adelaide Eckardt Ends.png Republican


See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the Maryland legislature are paid $43,500/year. Legislators receive $100/day for lodging. Additionally, they receive $42 for meals and $225/day for out-of-state travel (which includes meals/lodging).[23]

When sworn in

See also: When state legislators assume office after a general election

Maryland legislators assume office the second Wednesday in January after the election.

Current members

Current members, Maryland House of Delegates
District Representative Party Assumed office
1A Wendell Beitzel Ends.png Republican 2007
1B Kevin Kelly Electiondot.png Democratic 1999
1C LeRoy Myers Ends.png Republican 2003
2A Andrew Serafini Ends.png Republican 2008
2B Neil Parrott Ends.png Republican 2011
2C John Donoghue Electiondot.png Democratic 1991
3A Galen Clagett Electiondot.png Democratic 2002
3A Patrick Hogan Ends.png Republican 2011
3B Michael Hough Ends.png Republican 2011
4A Kathy Afzali Ends.png Republican 2011
4A Kelly Schulz Ends.png Republican 2011
4B Donald Elliott Ends.png Republican 1987
5A Justin Ready Ends.png Republican 2011
5A Nancy Stocksdale Ends.png Republican 1995
5B A. Wade Kach Ends.png Republican 1975
6 Joseph Minnick Electiondot.png Democratic 1995
6 John Olszewski Electiondot.png Democratic 2006
6 Michael Weir, Jr. Electiondot.png Democratic 2003
7 Rick Impallaria Ends.png Republican 2003
7 Kathy Szeliga Ends.png Republican 2011
7 Pat McDonough Ends.png Republican 2003
8 Joseph Boteler, III Ends.png Republican 2003
8 Eric Bromwell Electiondot.png Democratic 2003
8 John Cluster Ends.png Republican 2011
9A Gail Bates Ends.png Republican 2002
9A Warren Miller Ends.png Republican 2003
9B Susan Krebs Ends.png Republican 2003
10 Emmett Burns, Jr. Electiondot.png Democratic 1995
10 Adrienne Jones Electiondot.png Democratic 1997
10 Shirley Nathan-Pulliam Electiondot.png Democratic 1995
11 Jon Cardin Electiondot.png Democratic 2003
11 Dan Morhaim Electiondot.png Democratic 1995
11 Dana Stein Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
12A Steve DeBoy Electiondot.png Democratic 2003
12A James Malone, Jr. Electiondot.png Democratic 1995
12B Elizabeth Bobo Electiondot.png Democratic 1995
13 Shane Pendergrass Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
13 Guy Guzzone Electiondot.png Democratic 1995
13 Frank Turner Electiondot.png Democratic 1995
14 Anne Kaiser Electiondot.png Democratic 2003
14 Craig Zucker Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
14 Eric Luedtke Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
15 Aruna Miller Electiondot.png Democratic 2003
15 Kathleen Dumais Electiondot.png Democratic 2003
15 David Fraser-Hidalgo Electiondot.png Democratic Oct. 2013
16 Ariana Kelly Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
16 C. William Frick Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
16 Susan Lee Electiondot.png Democratic 2002
17 Kumar Barve Electiondot.png Democratic 1991
17 James Gilchrist Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
17 Luiz Simmons Electiondot.png Democratic 2003
18 Ana Sol Gutierrez Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
18 Alfred Carr Electiondot.png Democratic 2003
18 Jeff Waldstreicher Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
19 Bonnie Cullison Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
19 Benjamin Kramer Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
19 Sam Arora Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
20 Tom Hucker Electiondot.png Democratic 1976
20 Sheila Hixson Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
20 Heather Mizeur Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
21 Barbara Frush Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
21 Ben Barnes Electiondot.png Democratic 1995
21 Joseline Pena-Melnyk Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
22 Tawanna Gaines Electiondot.png Democratic 2001
22 Anne Healey Electiondot.png Democratic 1991
22 Alonzo Washington Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
23A Geraldine Valentino-Smith Electiondot.png Democratic 1992
23A James Hubbard Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
23B Marvin Holmes, Jr. Electiondot.png Democratic 2003
24 Darren M. Swain Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
24 Carolyn Howard Electiondot.png Democratic 1991
24 Michael Vaughn Electiondot.png Democratic 2003
25 Aisha Braveboy Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
25 Dereck Davis Electiondot.png Democratic 1995
25 Melony Griffith Electiondot.png Democratic 1999
26 Kris Valderrama Electiondot.png Democratic 2003
26 Jay Walker Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
26 Veronica Turner Electiondot.png Democratic 2006
27A James Proctor, Jr. Electiondot.png Democratic 1990
27A Joseph Vallario, Jr. Electiondot.png Democratic 1975
27B Mark Fisher Ends.png Republican 2011
28 Sally Jameson Electiondot.png Democratic 2003
28 C.T. Wilson Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
28 Peter Murphy Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
29A John Wood, Jr. Electiondot.png Democratic 1987
29B John Bohanan, Jr. Electiondot.png Democratic 1999
29C Anthony O'Donnell Ends.png Republican 1995
30 Michael Busch Electiondot.png Democratic 1987
30 Herb McMillan Ends.png Republican 2011
30 Ron George Ends.png Republican 2007
31 Nicholaus Kipke Ends.png Republican 2003
31 Don Dwyer, Jr. Ends.png Republican 2007
31 Steve Schuh Ends.png Republican 2007
32 Pamela Beidle Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
32 Mary Ann Love Electiondot.png Democratic 1993
32 Theodore Sophocleus Electiondot.png Democratic 1999
33A Cathy Vitale Ends.png Republican 2011
33A Tony McConkey Ends.png Republican 2003
33B Robert Costa Ends.png Republican 2003
34A Glen Glass Ends.png Republican 2011
34A Mary-Dulany James Electiondot.png Democratic 1999
34B David Rudolph Electiondot.png Democratic 1995
35A H. Wayne Norman, Jr. Ends.png Republican 2008
35A Donna Stifler Ends.png Republican 2007
35B Susan McComas Ends.png Republican 2003
36 Michael Smigiel, Sr. Ends.png Republican 2003
36 Jay Jacobs Ends.png Republican 2011
36 Steve Arentz Ends.png Republican Nov. 2013
37A Rudolph Cane Electiondot.png Democratic 1999
37B Adelaide Eckardt Ends.png Republican 1995
37B Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio Ends.png Republican 2003
38A Charles Otto Ends.png Republican 2011
38B Norman Conway Electiondot.png Democratic 1987
38B Mike McDermott Ends.png Republican 2011
39 Charles Barkley Electiondot.png Democratic 1998
39 Kirill Reznik Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
39 Shane Robinson Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
40 Frank Conaway, Jr. Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
40 Barbara Robinson Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
40 Shawn Tarrant Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
41 Jill Carter Electiondot.png Democratic 2003
41 Nathaniel Oaks Electiondot.png Democratic 1995
41 Samuel Rosenberg Electiondot.png Democratic 1983
42 Stephen Lafferty Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
42 Susan Aumann Ends.png Republican 2003
42 William Frank Ends.png Republican 2002
43 Curt Anderson Electiondot.png Democratic 2003
43 Mary Washington Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
43 Maggie McIntosh Electiondot.png Democratic 1992
44 Keith Haynes Electiondot.png Democratic 2003
44 Keiffer Mitchell, Jr. Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
44 Melvin Stukes Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
45 Talmadge Branch Electiondot.png Democratic 1995
45 Cheryl Glenn Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
45 Nina Harper Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
46 Peter Hammen Electiondot.png Democratic 1995
46 Luke Clippinger Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
46 Brian McHale Electiondot.png Democratic 1990
47 Jolene Ivey Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
47 Doyle Niemann Electiondot.png Democratic 2003
47 Michael Summers Electiondot.png Democratic 2011

Standing committees

Maryland House of Delegates has 7 standing committees:


Partisan balance 1992-2013

Who Runs the States Project
See also: Ballotpedia:Who Runs the States and Ballotpedia:Who Runs the States, Maryland’’
Partisan breakdown of the Maryland legislature from 1992-2013

During every year from 1992 to 2013, the Democratic Party was the majority in the Maryland House of Delegates. The Maryland State House of Representatives is one of 18 state Houses that was Democratic for more than 80 percent of the years between 1992 and 2013. Maryland was under a Democratic trifecta for the last seven years of the study period.

Across the country, there were 577 Democratic and 483 Republican State Houses of Representatives from 1992 to 2013.

Over the course of the 22-year study, state governments became increasingly more partisan. At the outset of the study period (1992), 18 of the 49 states with partisan legislatures had single-party trifectas and 31 states had divided governments. In 2013, only 13 states have divided governments, while single-party trifectas held sway in 36 states, the most in the 22 years studied.

The chart below shows the partisan composition of the Office of the Governor of Maryland, the Maryland State Senate and the Maryland House of Delegates from 1992-2013. Partisan composition of Maryland state government(1992-2013).PNG

SQLI and partisanship

The chart below depicts the partisanship of the Maryland state government and the state's SQLI ranking for the years studied. For the SQLI, the states were ranked from 1-50, with 1 being the best and 50 the worst. Maryland experienced two long periods of Democratic trifectas, between 1992 and 2002 and again between 2007 and 2013. The state cracked the top-10 in the SQLI ranking in three separate years (2002, 2006, and 2008), twice under a Democratic trifecta and once under divided government. Maryland ranked lowest on the SQLI ranking in two separate years (1992 and 1995), in which the state placed 25th under a Democratic trifecta. Maryland has never had a Republican trifecta.

  • SQLI average with Democratic trifecta: 16.35
  • SQLI average with Republican trifecta: N/A
  • SQLI average with divided government: 10.75
Chart displaying the partisanship of Maryland government from 1992-2013 and the State Quality of Life Index (SQLI).

External links


  1. Maryland House of Delegates, Origin & Functions
  2. Population in 2010 of the American states, accessed November 22, 2013
  3. washingtonpost.com, "10 things to watch in the 2014 Maryland General Assembly session," January 7, 2014
  4. Washington Post, "Maryland legislative session begins with bold predictions," January 9, 2013
  5. Maryland General Assembly
  6. Yahoo Finance, Md. special session anticipated in week of Oct. 17, July 6, 2011
  7. 2010 session dates for Maryland legislature
  8. Sunlight Foundation, "Ten Principles for Opening Up Government Information," accessed June 16, 2013
  9. Follow the Money: "Maryland House 2010 Campaign Contributions"
  10. Follow the Money, "Maryland 2006 Candidates," accessed August 23, 2013
  11. Follow the Money, "Maryland 2002 Candidates," accessed August 23, 2013
  12. Maryland General Assembly, "Maryland Constitution," accessed December 16, 2013(Referenced Section, Article III, Section 13, Subsection (a)(1))
  13. Maryland General Assembly, "Maryland Constitution," accessed December 16, 2013(Referenced Section, Article III, Section 13, Subsections (a)(1) and (a)(2))
  14. Maryland General Assembly, "Maryland Constitution," accessed December 16, 2013(Referenced Section, Article III, Section 13, Subsection (a)(4))
  15. Maryland Department of Planning, "Redistricting FAQs," Accessed June 16, 2011
  16. U.S. Census Bureau, "2010 Census: Maryland Profile, 2011
  17. The Baltimore Sun, "Maryland population grows by 480,000, Census says," December 21, 2010
  18. Baltimore Sun, "Redistricting: Mighty Baltimore to lose influence," August 11, 2011
  19. WBAL, "Lawmakers To Let O'Malley Redistricting Plan Take Effect Without a Vote," February 23, 2012
  20. Baltimore Sun, "Redistricting plan questioned after O'Malley adviser's conviction," December 22, 2011
  21. The Baltimore Sun, "Redistricting Map Foes Say They Have Passed First Test," May 31, 2012
  22. Maryland House Leadersship
  23. NCSL.org, "2012 State Legislator Compensation and Per Diem Table," accessed March 18, 2013