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[photo, George C. Edwards, State Senator] GEORGE C. EDWARDS
Republican, District 1, Allegany & Garrett Counties, & parts of Washington County

Member of Senate since January 10, 2007. Member, Budget and Taxation Committee, 2007- (capital budget subcommittee, 2008-; health, education & human resources subcommittee, 2008-); Joint Audit Committee, 2007-; Joint Subcommittee on Program Open Space and Agricultural Land Preservation, 2007-. Member, Finance Committee, 2007. Chair, Allegany County Delegation, 2007-; Garrett County Delegation, 2007-. Member, National Conference of State Legislatures (environment & natural resources committee, 2005-07; agriculture, environment & energy committee, 2007-08; agriculture & energy committee, 2008-; environment committee, 2008-).

Member of House of Delegates, January 12, 1983 to January 10, 2007. Minority Leader, 2003-07. Member, Appropriations Committee, 1983-2007 (capital budget subcommittee, 1992-2007; health & the environment subcommittee, 1992-94; transportation & the environment subcommittee, 1995-2007; oversight committee on pensions, 1995-2007; chair, oversight committee on program open space & agricultural land preservation, 1994-2002; oversight committee on personnel, 2003-07, chair, 2003). Member, Joint Subcommittee on Program Open Space and Agricultural Land Preservation, 1991-2007 (house chair, 1991-2003). Member, Rules and Executive Nominations Committee, 1995-2007; Special Joint Committee on Pensions, 1995-2007; Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics, 2003-07; Legislative Policy Committee, 2003-07 (management subcommittee, 2003-07). Member, Special Joint Task Force on Transportation, 1995-97; Joint Committee on the Management of Public Funds, 1995-2003; Special Joint Committee on Competitive Taxation and Economic Development, 1996-97; Special Committee on School Enrollment Management, 1996-97. Deputy Minority Whip, 1996-97. Member, Special Committee on Rail Mergers, 1997; Joint Committee on the Selection of the State Treasurer, 2003; Spending Affordability Committee, 2003-07; Special Committee on State Employee Rights and Protections, 2005-07; Joint Commission on the Maryland Port Administration, 2005-07. Chair, Garrett County Delegation, 1983-2007. Chair, Western Maryland Delegation, 1995-2004. Chair, Allegany County Delegation, 1998-2007. Member, Maryland Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus, 2001-07; Maryland Rural Caucus, 2002-07; Maryland Veterans Caucus, 2005-07.

Member, Town Council, Town of Grantsville, 1972-74, 1980-82. Member, Board of County Commissioners, Garrett County, 1974-78. Member, Tri-County Council for Western Maryland, 1983-; Citizens Advisory Board for Brandenburg Center, 1991-2000; Maryland Advisory Commission on Manufacturing Competitiveness, 1995-98; Governor's Flood Mitigation Task Force for Western Maryland, 1996-2002; Maryland Comprehensive Transit Plan Transit Advisory Panel, 1998-99; Task Force to Study the Governance, Coordination, and Funding of the University System of Maryland, 1998-99; Western Maryland Economic Development Task Force, 1998-2002; Transit Policy Panel, 2000; State Advisory Board for Juvenile Services, 2000-05; Deep Creek Lake Policy and Review Board, 2000-07; Task Force to Study Public School Facilities, 2002-04; Youth Centers Advisory Board, Department of Juvenile Services, 2002-; Governor's Commission on the Structure and Efficiency of State Government, 2003 (environmental programs subcommittee); Transportation Task Force, 2003. Past member, Deep Creek Lake Advisory and Review Committee.

Born in Grantsville, Maryland, April 9, 1948. Attended Northern High School, Accident; Fairmont State College, B.S. (business administration), cum laude, 1970. Drafted by Baltimore Colts, 1970; NAIA Football All-American Fullback. Frostburg State College, teacher certification, 1971-74. Served in Maryland National Guard, 1970-76. Member, Garrett County Development Corporation, 1974-. Member, Legislative Committee, Maryland Association of Counties, 1975-78. Delegate, Republican Party National Convention, 2004. Member, National Rifle Association; American Legion; Lonaconing Republican Club; Lions Club (president, 1982-83). Associate member, Lodge 40, Fraternal Order of Police. Legislator Recognition Award, Maryland Association of Counties, 1997. Member, St. Paul's United Methodist Church. Married; two children.

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