Melony Griffith

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Melony Griffith
Current candidacy
Running for Maryland State Senate, District 25
Date of primaryJune 24, 2014
Current office
Maryland House of Delegates District 25
In office
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 16
Base salary$43,500/year
Per diem$143/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected1998
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sEastern Montana College, 1985
Master'sHoward University, 1987
Date of birthJune 5, 1963
Place of birthAbilene, Texas
ProfessionDirector, Center for Healthy Lifestyle Initiatives, Prince George's County Health Department
Office website
Melony G. Griffith (b. June 5, 1963) is a Democratic member of the Maryland House of Delegates, representing District 25. She was first elected to the chamber in 1998.

Griffith was a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 25 of the Maryland State Senate.[1]


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.

Committee assignments


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

  • Appropriations
  • 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:

  • Appropriations
    • 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.[1][2][3]

Maryland House of Delegates District 25, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngUlysses Currie Incumbent 92% 29,097
     Republican Kory Boone 6% 1,902
     Democratic Matthew Fogg (write-in) 1.7% 524
     Democratic Jennifer Lowery-Bell (write-in) 0.3% 87
Total Votes 31,610

Maryland State Senate, District 25 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngUlysses Currie Incumbent 58.7% 8,173
Melony Griffith 37.7% 5,253
Terry Goolsby 3.6% 503
Total Votes 13,929


See also: Maryland House of Delegates elections, 2010

Griffith successfully won re-election in the general election on November 2, 2010. She took the third of three seats in the district. No Republicans filed for the seat.[4]

Maryland House of Delegates, District 25 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Aisha Braveboy (D) 27,804
Green check mark transparent.png Dereck Davis (D) 25,723
Green check mark transparent.png Melony Griffith (D) 25,095


See also: Maryland House of Delegates elections, 2006

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.[5]

Melony Griffith raised $33,192 for her campaign.[6]

Maryland House of Delegates, District 25
Candidates Votes Percent
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%
Write-Ins 62 0.1%

Campaign donors


In 2010, a year in which Griffith was up for re-election, she collected $25,942 in donations.[7]

Her largest contributors in 2010 were:


In 2006, Melony Griffith collected $33,192 in donations.[8]

Her five largest contributors in 2006 were:

Donor Amount
Friends of Doug Duncan $2,000
Maryland Realtors Association $1,550
Citizens for Maggie McIntosh $1,100
Friends of Ulysses Currie $1,092
Remilekun Ayodeji-Duyile $1,000

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.

In November 2009, Maryland lawmakers learned how deep the pension gap was. Maryland's pension funds are missing the $17.5 billion more than the state has put aside (a total of $28.6 billion).[9]

The state will likely have to add $189 million to its teacher and employee pension funds by next year. Officials with the State Retirement Agency explained results from fiscal 2009 to the legislature. The $17.5 billion needed to close the gap is in addition to the approximately $28.6 billion that the pension office already has set aside.

The liabilities over a 25-year span, but there oversight committee members differ about how quickly the state should catch up. Del. Griffith said it’s not wise nor feasible to put aside much more than what is required next year.

“It’s far too early to make changes to the way that the system is funded,” Griffith said.

The big drop comes largely from an $8 billion investment loss last year. The state’s pension investments took a big hit during a year of market unease.[9]


Griffith is a member of the Maryland Legislative Black Caucus, County Affairs Committee of the Prince George's County Delegation, and Women Legislators of Maryland.[10]

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