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[photo, Sheila E. Hixson, State Delegate] SHEILA ELLIS HIXSON
Democrat, District 20, Montgomery County



Member of House of Delegates since January 14, 1976. Chair, Ways and Means Committee, 1993-. Member, Rules and Executive Nominations Committee, 1993-; Legislative Policy Committee, 1993- (management subcommittee, 1993-2003); Joint Audit Committee (formerly Budget and Audit Committee), 1993-; Spending Affordability Committee, 1993-. Member, Joint Task Force on Maryland's Procurement Law, 1993-94; Joint Protocol Committee, 1993-98; Joint Transportation Financing Committee (Transportation 2000), 1994; Joint Committee on State Economic Development Initiatives, 1995-96; Joint Committee on the Selection of the State Treasurer, 1996. House Chair, Joint Committee on Federal Relations, 1987-92; Advisory Commission on Federal-State-Local Relations, 1987-92; Special Joint Task Force on Transportation, 1995. Chair, Special Joint Committee on Competitive Taxation and Economic Development, 1996-97. Co-Chair, Special Committee on Gaming, 2001. Member, Speaker's Advisory Committee on Legislative Redistricting, 2001-02; Joint Committee on the Selection of the State Treasurer, 2002. Member, County Affairs Committee, Montgomery County Delegation, 2007- (former member, bi-county committee). Member, Women Legislators of Maryland, 1976- (president, 1992-93); Maryland Bicycle and Pedestrian Caucus, 2003-. Member, National Conference of State Legislatures (streamline sales tax implementing states committee, 2002-03; budgets & revenue committee, 2003-; executive committee, 2006-07; chair, fiscal affairs committee, 2001-02); Southern Legislative Conference (fiscal affairs & government operations committee, chair, 2001-02).

Member, Forest Land Task Force, 1981-84; Mosquito Control Committee, 1982-83; Governor's Task Force on Time-Sharing, 1983-84; Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect, 1983-85; Governor's Council on Child Abuse and Neglect, 1986-99; Work Force Investment Board, 1988-95; Governor's Commission on Competitive Forces Facing Maryland's Horse-Racing Industry, 1994; Joint Executive-Legislative Task Force to Study Commercial Gaming Activities in Maryland, 1995; Task Force on Education Funding Equity, Accountability, and Partnerships, 1997-98; Task Force to Study Retail Electric Competition and the Restructuring of the Electric Utility Industry, 1997-98; Commission to Study Ways to Improve the Financial Viability of the Racing Industry, 1997-99; Commission on Transportation Investment, 1999; Commission on Education Finance, Equity, and Excellence, 1999-2002; Transit Policy Panel, 2000; Special Commission to Study Sexual Orientation Discrimination in Maryland, 2000-01; Southern Regional Education Board, 2001-03 (legislative advisory council); Commission on Maryland's Fiscal Structure, 2002-03; Task Force to Study Public School Facilities, 2002-04; Task Force to Study the Maryland Heritage Structure Rehabilitation Tax Credit Program, 2003; Transit Funding Study Steering Committee, 2006-07; Maryland Business Tax Reform Commission, 2008-; College Success Task Force, P-20 Leadership Council of Maryland, 2009-.

Born in L'Anse, Michigan, February 9, 1933. Northern State Teachers College, B.A. Head Start teacher, Detroit, Michigan, 1960-62; campaign manager and aide to U.S. Representative William D. Ford of Michigan. Administrative assistant, Democratic National Committee. Member, Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee; National Capital Democratic Club; Women's National Democratic Club; Women's Suburban Democratic Club; Eastern Montgomery, Kensington, Wheaton Democratic Club. Member, Plowmen & Fishermen; National Organization for Women (NOW); National Professional and Business Women's Organization; National Association of Sunday School Instructors. Board member, Hearts and Homes for Youth, 2003-; Pyramid Atlantic, 2003-. Legislator Recognition Award, Maryland Association of Counties, 1984, 1996. Maryland's Top 100 Women, Daily Record, 2000, 2007, 2009 (Circle of Excellence).

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