[photo, Talmadge Branch, Maryland State Delegate] TALMADGE BRANCH
Democrat, District 45, Baltimore City

Member of House of Delegates since January 11, 1995. Majority Whip, 2007-. Member, Economic Matters Committee, 2015- (alcoholic beverages subcommittee, 2015-; business regulation subcommittee, 2015-; public utilities subcommittee, 2015-); Legislative Policy Committee, 2007-; Rules and Executive Nominations Committee, 2003-. Member, Special Committee on School Enrollment Management, 1996-97. Deputy Majority Whip, 1999-2002. Member, Appropriations Committee, 1995-2010 (vice-chair, 2003-07; oversight committee on personnel, 1995-99, 2004-10; health & human resources subcommittee, 1995-2003, vice-chair, 2003; capital budget subcommittee, 1998-2010; oversight committee on pensions, 1999-2010, vice-chair, 1999-2003; transportation & the environment subcommittee, 2004-10); Joint Committee on Children, Youth, and Families, 1999-2003; Special Joint Committee on Pensions, 2000-12; Joint Audit Committee, 2003-06. House Chair, Joint Committee on Welfare Reform, 2003-14 (member, 1996-2014). Member, Spending Affordability Committee, 2003-15; Joint Commission on the Maryland Port Administration, 2005-06; Joint Committee on the Selection of the State Treasurer, 2007, 2011, 2015; House Emergency Medical Services Work Group, 2009-12; Joint Committee on Transparency and Open Government, 2011-14; Ways & Means Committee, 2011-15 (education subcommittee, 2011-15; finance resources subcommittee, 2011-15); Business Climate Work Group, 2014. Member, Fiscal Subcommittee, Baltimore City Delegation. Chair, Maryland Legislative Black Caucus, 2000-02 (member, economic development committee, 2000, ethics committee, 2000). Member, National Conference of State Legislatures (economic development, trade & cultural affairs committee, 2005-07; labor & economic development committee, 2007-).

Member, Partnership Policy Council on Block Grants, 1996-98; Judith P. Hoyer Blue Ribbon Commission on Early Child Care and Education, 2000-01; State Interagency Coordinating Committee (for Infants & Toddlers Program), 2000-10; Advisory Board, Institute for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement, Salisbury University, 2002-; Task Force on Lending Equity within Financial Institutions Providing State Depository Services, 2005; State Center Executive Committee, 2009-; Communications Tax Reform Commission, 2012-13; Commission on the Establishment of a Maryland Educators Service Memorial, 2013-16.

Special assistant to U.S. Representative Parren J. Mitchell, 7th Congressional District, 1984-87. Baltimore City Mayor's representative to Cecil Kirk Community, 1992-93.

Born in North Hampton County, North Carolina, January 30, 1956. Attended Baltimore City public schools; Northern High School, Baltimore; Essex Community College, A.A., 1978; Salisbury State College, B.A. (political science), 1980. Delegate, Democratic Party National Convention, 2000. Vice-Chair, Executive Committee, Democratic State Central Committee, 2009-11. Advisory Board, Institute for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement, Salisbury University. Member, Eastside Democratic Organization; America's Fund; National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Awards received from: Baltimore City Council, 1981; President, Baltimore City Council, 1985; State Senate, 1985; Maryland State Conference, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Mayor's Citation, Baltimore City. Named Young Democrat of the Year, Young Democrats of Maryland, 1985. John R. Hargreaves Distinguished Legislative Fellow Award, Institute for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement, Salisbury University, 2010. Three children.

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