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[photo, Adelaide C. Eckardt, State Delegate] ADELAIDE C. (ADDIE) ECKARDT
Republican, District 37B, Caroline, Dorchester, Talbot, & Wicomico Counties

Member of House of Delegates since January 11, 1995. Member, Appropriations Committee, 2003- (capital budget subcommittee, 2004-; health & human resources subcommittee, 2003-; oversight committee on pensions, 2003-); Special Committee on Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 1995-; Joint Committee on Children, Youth, and Families, 1999-; Joint Committee on Fair Practices, 2003-; Joint Committee on Health Care Delivery and Financing, 2003-; Spending Affordability Committee, 2003-; Joint Committee on Welfare Reform, 2003-; Joint Committee on Access to Mental Health Services, 2005-; Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review, 2007-. Member, Economic Matters Committee, 1995-2003 (health insurance subcommittee, 1995-2003; real estate & housing subcommittee, 1999-2003; science & technology subcommittee, 1999-2003); Special Joint Committee on Competitive Taxation and Economic Development, 1996-97; Joint Technology Oversight Committee, 2000-03; Special Committee on Gaming, 2001; Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics, 2003-06. Deputy Minority Whip, 1999-2003. Chair, Caroline County Delegation, 1995-2007. Chair, Dorchester County Delegation, 1995-. Acting Chair, Eastern Shore Delegation, 2003. Member, Maryland Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus, 2001-; Maryland Rural Caucus, 2002-; Maryland Bicycle and Pedestrian Caucus, 2003-; Taxpayers Protection Caucus, 2003-. President, Women Legislators of Maryland, 2007-08 (member, 1995-; secretary, 1998-99, 2000-01, 2003-04; 2nd vice-president, 2004-05; 1st vice-president, 2005-06; president-elect, 2006-07; endorsement committee, 2001-, finance committee, 2001-, legislative committee, 2001-). Member, Maryland Veterans Caucus, 2006-. Chair, Republican Party Caucus, 2007-. Member, National Conference of State Legislatures (human services & welfare committee).

Member, Availability Committee of Task Force to Study Increasing the Availability of Substance Abuse Programs, 1998-2001; Governor's Task Force on Eastern Shore Economic Development, 1999-2001; Mid-Shore Regional Council, 2001-; Tri-County Council for the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland, 2001-; Advisory Board, Institute for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement, Salisbury University, 2002-; Task Force to Study the Maryland Heritage Structure Rehabilitation Tax Credit Program, 2003; Mental Health Transformation Working Group, 2005-; Work Group on Cultural Competency and Workforce Development for Mental Health Professionals, 2007-08.

Born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, September 8, 1943. Bryn Mawr Hospital School of Nursing, R.N.; University of Maryland School of Nursing, B.S., 1978, M.S., 1981. Registered Nurse-Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist. Regional Team, Mental Hygiene Administration, 1983-85. Adjunct faculty, Salisbury State University, 1985. Psychiatric Nurse Clinical Specialist, Eastern Shore Hospital Center, 1985-2003. Adjunct faculty, University of Maryland School of Nursing, 1991-99. Member, Dorchester County Republican Central Committee, 1986-1994. Board of Directors, Dorchester General Hospital, 1988-. President, Maryland Nurses Association, 1989-91 (legislative chair, 1986-89, 1993-94). Executive Committee, Maryland Hospital Association, 1993-. Board of Directors, Leadership Maryland, Inc., 2001-. Delegate, Republican Party National Convention, 2004. Board member, Chesapeake Health Planning Systems (past president & vice-president). Member, Maryland Nurses Association; American Nurses Association; American Ortho-Psychiatric Association; Sigma Theta Tau. Psychiatric Nursing Award, University of Maryland Graduate School of Nursing, 1981. Nurse of the Year, District 4, Maryland Nurses Association, 1986, 1991. Rosalie S. Abrams Legislative Award, Maryland Nurses Association, 1988. Outstanding Board Member Award, Maryland Nurses Association, 1992. Outstanding Rural Legislator Award, Rural Maryland Council, 2003. Recognition for ongoing commitment to and support for children, youth, and families, Local Management Board, 2003. Maryland's Top 100 Women, Daily Record, 2003, 2005, 2007 (Circle of Excellence). John R. Hargreaves Distinguished Legislative Fellow, Salisbury University, 2009. Married; three sons; seven grandchildren.

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