Miller Announces Senate Committee Assignments

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (right) and Senate Judicial Proceedings Chairman Robert A. Zirkin.

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert) on Friday announced the full committee lineup for his chamber, and other key assignments, for the upcoming General Assembly session.

Miller picked committee chairmen and vice chairmen earlier this year.

Miller has yet to announce who will be Senate president pro tem or majority leader in the coming term. The 47-member chamber will have 18 new senators in January.

“Committee compositions are determined with an intent to balance a variety of issues including geography, race, gender, knowledge areas, and other considerations,” Miller wrote in a letter to his colleagues Friday. “I am proud that our Senate leadership reflects the diversity of our state, with women composing half of our standing committee chairs, and with people of color representing one-third of our Senate committee leadership.”

What follows is a look at the four standing committees. An asterisk denotes a new member of the committee.

Senate Budget & Taxation Committee

Sen. Nancy J. King (D-Montgomery), Chair

Sen. William C. Ferguson IV (D-Baltimore City), Vice Chair

Sen. Addie Eckardt (R-Middle Shore)

Senator George C. Edwards (R-Garrett)

Sen.-elect Sarah K. Elfreth (D-Anne Arundel)*

Sen.-elect Melony G. Griffith (D-Prince George’s)*

Sen. Guy J. Guzzone (D-Howard)

Sen.-elect Cory V. McCray (D-Baltimore City)*

Sen. Douglas J. J. Peters (D-Prince George’s)

Sen. James C. Rosapepe (D-Prince George’s)*

Sen. Johnny Ray Salling (R-Baltimore County)*

Sen. Andrew Serafini (R-Washington)

Sen. Craig Zucker (D-Montgomery)*

Senate Education, Health, & Environmental Affairs Committee

Sen. Paul G. Pinsky (D-Prince George’s), Chair

Senator Shirley Nathan-Pulliam (D-Baltimore County), Vice-Chair

Sen.-elect Jack Bailey (R-St. Mary’s)*

Sen.-elect Mary Beth Carozza (R-Lower Shore)*

Sen.-elect Arthur Ellis (D-Charles)*

Sen.-elect Jason C. Gallion (R-Harford)*

Sen. Cheryl C. Kagan (D-Montgomery)

Sen.-elect Clarence K. Lam (D-Howard)*

Sen.-elect Obie Patterson (D-Prince George’s)*

Sen. Bryan Simonaire (R-Anne Arundel)

Sen. Ronald N. Young (D-Frederick)

Senate Finance Committee

Sen. Delores G. Kelley (D-Baltimore County), Chair*

Sen. Brian J. Feldman (D-Montgomery), Vice-Chair

Sen.-elect Malcolm Augustine (D-Prince George’s)*

Sen.-elect Pamela G. Beidle (D-Anne Arundel)*

Sen. Joanne C. Benson (D-Prince George’s)

Sen.-elect Antonio L. Hayes (D-Baltimore City)*

Sen. Stephen S. Hershey Jr. (R-Upper Shore)

Sen. J.B. Jennings (R-Baltimore County)

Sen. Katherine A. Klausmeier (D-Baltimore County)

Sen.-elect Benjamin F. Kramer (D-Montgomery)*

Sen. Edward R. Reilly (R-Anne Arundel)

Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee

Sen. Robert A. Zirkin (D-Baltimore County), Chair

Sen. William C. Smith Jr. (D-Montgomery), Vice-Chair

Sen. Jill P. Carter (D-Baltimore City)*

Sen. Robert G. Cassilly (R-Harford)

Sen.-elect Katie Fry Hester (D-Howard)*

Sen. Michael J. Hough (R-Frederick)

Sen. Susan C. Lee (D-Montgomery)

Sen. Justin D. Ready (R-Carroll)

Sen.-elect Jeff Waldstreicher (D-Montgomery)*

Sen.-elect Mary L. Washington (D-Baltimore City)*

Sen.-elect Christopher West (R-Baltimore County)*

Here are announced assignments to other committees:

Senate Executive Nominations Committee

Sen. Ronald N. Young, Chair

Sen.-elect Pamela G. Beidle, Vice-Chair

Committee Membership to be announced at a later date

Senate Rules Committee

Sen. Joanne C. Benson, Chair

Sen. Craig Zucker, Vice-Chair

Committee Membership to be announced at a later date

Joint Committee Chairs (Membership to be announced at a later date)

  • Investigation Committee – Sen. Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr., Senate Chair
  • Joint Audit Committee – Sen. Craig Zucker, Chair
  • Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive, and Legislative Review – Sen. Cheryl C. Kagan, Senate Chair
  • Joint Committee on Behavioral Health & Opioid Use Disorders – Sen.-elect Antonio Hayes, Senate Chair
  • Joint Committee on the Chesapeake & Atlantic Coastal Bays Critical Area – Sen.-elect Sarah Elfreth, Senate Chair
  • Joint Committee on Children, Youth, & Families – Sen.-elect Mary L. Washington, Senate Chair
  • Joint Committee on Cybersecurity, Information Technology, & Biotechnology – Sen.-elect Katie Fry Hester, Senate Chair
  • Joint Committee on Ending Homelessness – Sen.-elect Mary L. Washington, Senate Chair
  • Joint Committee on Fair Practices and State Personnel Oversight – Sen.-Elect Clarence K. Lam, Senate Chair
  • Joint Committee on Federal Relations – Sen.-elect Jeff Waldstreicher, Senate Chair
  • Joint Committee on Gaming Oversight – Sen.-elect Obie Patterson, Senate Chair
  • Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics, Sen. George C. Edwards, Senate Chair
  • Joint Committee on the Management of Public Funds, Senator James C. Rosapepe, Senate Chair
  • Joint Committee on Pensions – Senator-elect Melony G. Griffith, Senate Chair
  • Joint Committee on Program Open Space & Agricultural Land Preservation – Sen. Ronald N. Young, Senate Chair
  • Joint Committee on Unemployment Insurance Oversight – Sen. Katherine A. Klausmeier, Senate Chair
  • Joint Committee on Workers’ Compensation Benefit and Insurance Oversight – Sen. Katherine A. Klausmeier, Senate Chair
  • Spending Affordability Committee – Sen. Craig Zucker, Senate Chair

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