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[photo, Robert J. Garagiola, State Senator] ROBERT J. GARAGIOLA
Democrat, District 15, Montgomery County

Member of Senate since January 8, 2003. Deputy Majority Leader, 2007-. Member, Finance Committee, 2007- (chair, health subcommittee, 2007-; member, transportation subcommittee, 2008-). Senate Chair, Joint Committee on Health Care Delivery and Financing, 2007-. Member, Joint Committee on Federal Relations, 2003-; Joint Oversight Committee on the Department of Juvenile Services, 2006-; Joint Committee on Access to Mental Health Services, 2007-; Joint Technology Oversight Committee, 2008-. Member, Judicial Proceedings Committee, 2003-06; Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive & Legislative Review, 2003-06; Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics, 2003-06; Joint Committee on Welfare Reform, 2003-06; Senate Special Commission on Medical Malpractice Liability Insurance, 2004. Senate Chair, Joint Committee on Children, Youth, and Families, 2005-08. Senate Co-Chair, Maryland Veterans Caucus, 2004-07. Chair, Democratic Caucus, 2007-. Member, National Conference of State Legislatures, 2003- (law & criminal justice committee, 2003-06; health committee, 2007-; alternate member, intergovernmental affairs committee, 2003-); Southern Legislative Conference, Council of State Governments, 2003- (law & criminal justice committee, 2003-07).

Advisory Board, Institute for Governmental Service, University of Maryland, College Park, 2004- (secretary/treasurer, 2005-). Member, Advisory Council for Children, 2005-07; Advisory Council to the Children's Cabinet, 2007-; Task Force to Study State Assistance to Veterans, 2006-07; Task Force on Renewable Alternative Fuels, 2007; Task Force on Health Care Access and Reimbursement, 2007-08.

Born in Warren, Michigan, September 5, 1972. Rutgers University, B.A. (political science), 1994. Served in U.S. Army Reserves, 1995-2001 (parachutist badge, 2000; commendation medal, 2001). George Washington University Law School, J.D., 2001. Admitted to Maryland Bar, 2001. Attorney, Stein, Sperling, Bennett, DeJong, Driscoll & Greenfeig, P.C. Member, American Bar Association; Maryland State Bar Association (business law section; property, planning & zoning section; young lawyers section); Montgomery County Bar Association; District of Columbia Bar Association. Senior congressional aide in U.S. House of Representatives, 1994-98. Vice-President, Germantown Citizens Association, 1998-2000 (board member, 1997-2001). President, Germantown Democratic Club, 1999-2001. Board of Trustees, Germantown Alliance, 1999-2001. Board member, Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce, 2000, 2001 (vice-president of economic development, 1999). Co-chair, Germantown Harvest Parade Committee, 2000. Board of Directors, Clean Energy Partnership, Inc., 2004. Democrat of the Year, Montgomery County Democratic Party, 2001. Solar Energy Champion Award, Maryland, District of Columbia & Virginia (MDV)-Solar Energy Industries Association, 2004. Certificate of Appreciation for Increasing Public Safety, U.S. Park Police, 2004. Champion for Children Award, State Citizens Review Board for Children, 2005. Public Service Award for Outstanding Leadership, League of Korean Americans, 2005. Certificate of Appreciation for Veterans Advocacy, Vietnam Veterans of America, 2006. Legislative Sponsor Award, Maryland Children Action Network, 2006. Maryland Clean Energy Legislative Partner Award, Clean Energy Partnership, 2006. Award for outstanding contributions for work championing agricultural issues, Maryland Association of Soil Conservation Districts, 2006. Solar Champion Award, Maryland-District of Columbia-Virginia Solar Energy Industries Association, 2007. Special Recognition Award, Interstate Renewable Energy Council, 2007. Government Leadership Award, American Solar Energy Society, 2008. Award of Special Merit in recognition of selfless service on behalf of people with intellectual and developmental disablities, The Arc of Montgomery County, 2008. Technology Advocate of the Year, Tech Council of Maryland, 2008. Excellence in Public Policy Award, American Cancer Society, 2008. Senate Legislator of the Year, Health Facilities Association of Maryland, 2008. Legislator of the Year, recognized for his leadership on health care issues, Maryland College of Emergency Physicians, 2009. Married; three children.

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