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Tawanna Gaines
Maryland House of Delegates District 22
In office
December 21, 2001-Present
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 14
Deputy Majority Whip, Maryland State House of Representatives
Base salary$43,500/year
Per diem$142/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
AppointedDecember 21, 2001
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Mayor, Town of Berwyn Heights
Date of birthFebruary 1, 1952
Place of birthWashington, DC
ProfessionUniversity of Maryland, College Park
Office website
Tawanna Gaines (b. February 1, 1952) is a Democratic member of the Maryland House of Delegates, representing District 22 and serving as Deputy Majority Whip. She was first appointed to the chamber on December 21, 2001.

Gaines' professional experience includes working as Coordinator of the National Student Exchange Program at the University of Maryland College Park.

Committee assignments


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

  • Appropriations
  • Oversight Committee on Personnel
  • Subcommittee on Capital Budget
  • Subcommittee on Transportation and Environment, Chair


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

  • Appropriations
    • Oversight Committee on Personnel
    • Subcommittee on Capital Budget
    • Subcommittee on Transportation and Environment (Chair)



See also: Maryland House of Delegates elections, 2010

Gaines successfully won re-election in the general election on November 2, 2010. She won the first of three seats. No Republicans ran in the district.[1]

Maryland House of Delegates, District 22 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Tawanna Gaines (D) 18,550
Green check mark transparent.png Justin Ross (D) 17,399
Green check mark transparent.png Anne Healey (D) 17,302


On November 7, 2006, Tawanna Gaines ran for District 22 of the Maryland House of Delegates, winning the first of three seats, beating Anne Healey and Justin Ross.[2]

Tawanna Gaines raised $17,518 for her campaign.[3]

Maryland House of Delegates, District 22
Candidates Votes Percent
Tawanna Gaines (D) 17,572 33.9%
Anne Healey (D) 17,258 33.3%
Justin Ross (D) 16,818 32.4%
Write-Ins 187 0.4%

Campaign donors


In 2010, a year in which Gaines was up for re-election, she collected $22,873 in donations.[4]

Her largest contributors in 2010 were:

Maryland House of Delegates 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Tawanna Gaines's campaign in 2010
Prince Georges County Professional Fire Fighters & Paramedics Local 1619$3,500
Mcgeo Food & Commercial Workers Local 1994$2,500
Friends Of Murray Levy$2,500
Young Mens Democratic Club Of Prince Georges County$1,000
1199 Seiu United Healthcare Workers East$1,000
Total Raised in 2010 $22,873


In 2006 Tawanna Gaines collected $17,518 in donations. [5]

Her four largest contributors in 2006 were:

Donor Amount
Tawanna Gaines $2,648
Maryland Hospital Association $1,500
Health Facilities Association of Maryland $750
Maryland Trial Lawyers Association $750


Gaines is a member of the Maryland Veterans Caucus, Women Legislators of Maryland Executive Board, Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland, and Women Legislators of Maryland.[6]

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