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[photo, Roy P. Dyson, State Senator] ROY P. DYSON
Democrat, District 29, Calvert, Charles & St. Mary's Counties



Member of Senate since January 11, 1995. Senate Chair, Joint Committee on the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Critical Area, 2003-. Vice-Chair, Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee, 2007- (member, 1995-; education subcommittee, 1995-2002; alcoholic beverages subcommittee, 2003-06; vice-chair, health subcommittee, 2007-, member, 2003-07; chair, licensing & regulatory affairs subcommittee, 2003-04, member, 1999-2004; chair, ethics & election law subcommittee, 2004-, member, 2003-; chair, base realignment & closure (brac) subcommittee, 2007-; member, special committee on renewables & clean energy, 2008-). Member, Special Committee on Substance Abuse, 2001-; Joint Committee on Fair Practices, 2006-; Rules Committee, 2007-; Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics, 2007-. Senate Chair, Joint Committee on Base Realignment and Closure, 2007-. Senate Chair, Joint Committee on Chesapeake Bay Critical Areas, 1995-2003. Member, Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review, 2003-07; Agricultural Stewardship Commission, 2005-06. Member, Maryland Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus, 2001-; Maryland Rural Caucus, 2002-; Taxpayers Protection Caucus, 2003-. Member, National Conference of State Legislatures (redistricting & elections committee, 2005-); Southern Legislative Conference (agriculture & rural development committee, 2008-).

Member, Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland, 1995-; Task Force on Affiliation between Historic St. Mary's City Commission and St. Mary's College of Maryland, 1996; State Water Quality Advisory Committee, 1997-; Solid Waste Management Task Force, 1998; Committee on Building Public Trust and Confidence in the Justice System, 1998-99; Task Force to Study the History and Legacy of Slavery in Maryland, 1999; Special Commission on State Parks, 1999-2000; Task Force to Study the Preservation and Enhancement of Maryland's Heritage Resources, 1999-2001 (enchancement & sustainability committee); Task Force to Study the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation, 2000-01; Patuxent River Oil Spill Citizens Advisory Committee, 2000-02; Maryland Environmental Trust, 2001-08; Task Force to Study the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation, 2002-05; Task Force to Study the Economic Development of the Maryland Seafood and Aquaculture Industries, 2003-04 (executive committee; seafood industry work group); Advisory Committee on the Management and Protection of the State's Water Resources (2005), 2005-08. Co-Chair, Incentives for Agriculture Task Force, 2006-07. Member, Commission to Develop the Maryland Model for Funding Higher Education, 2006-.

Member, House of Delegates, 1975-81, representing District 29 (Charles & St. Mary's counties). Member, Environmental Matters Committee, 1975-81.

Member, U.S. House of Representatives, 1981-91, representing Congressional District 1 (Calvert, Caroline, Cecil, Charles, Dorchester, Harford, Kent, Queen Anne's, St. Mary's, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico & Worcester counties) (elected 1st president of 1981 Freshman Democrats Class); Armed Services Committee; Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee (chair, subcommittee on panama canal/outer continental shelf, 1989-90).

Former legislative assistant and research director for U.S. Representative William D. Ford of Michigan. Former special assistant, Subcommittee on Agricultural Labor, U.S. House of Representatives. Presidential Elector, Maryland, 1976.

Born in Great Mills, Maryland, November 15, 1948. Attended University of Baltimore; Montgomery Junior College; University of Maryland. Former assistant director of Operations, Democratic National Committee. Delegate, Democratic National Conference, 1978. Delegate, Democratic Party National Convention, 1988. Member, Knights of Columbus; Elks; Moose Lodge; Fraternal Order of the Police; Maryland Farm Bureau. Outstanding Young Man of the Year, 1977. Honorary Doctorate, University of Maryland, 1988. Member, Holy Face Church, Great Mills.

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