On October 17, 2019 I wrote, “Heaven has another angel…”. The passing of Congressman Elijah Cummings, a friend and mentor, was startling and has left a gaping hole in the Maryland political landscape that in many ways can never be filled.
Since my election to the General Assembly in 2014, I have worked diligently to represent the 13th District and the entire state of Maryland. *This record includes the successful passage of the following pieces of legislation that became law:
HB 786 (2019 passed the House and will be re-introduced in 2020) – creating a background check requirement for all rifles and shotguns (*this legislation has not yet become law);
HB301 – Repeat Sexual Predator Prevention Act of 2018 – establishing in a prosecution for certain sexual offenses, evidence that the defendant committed the same sexually assaultive behavior against a previous or subsequent victim may be introduced in court;
HB1646 Firearm Transfer – creating a mechanism to track whether or not a convicted abuser has turned in their guns;
HB787 – Child Abuse & Neglect Failure to Report – establishing criminal penalties for mandatory reporters who know of child abuse and do not report it to the proper agency; and,
HB 516 (2017) – creating a workgroup to study and make recommendations on how to implement Universal Pre-K throughout the state.
As a direct result of those efforts, I have served as: Deputy Majority Whip, House Chair of the Howard County Delegation and Chair of the Family Law Subcommittee of the Judiciary Committee. I’ve served on the Juvenile Law Subcommittee of the Judiciary Committee, the Public Safety and Policing Workgroup, the Neshante and Chloe Davis Domestic Violence Prevention Task Force, and the Governor’s Workforce Investment Board.
I currently serve D13 and the state of Maryland as Vice Chair of the House Judiciary Committee, Chair of the Public Safety Committee of the Judiciary Committee and Chair of the Howard County House Delegation. I serve on the Law Enforcement Officers-Public Information Workgroup, the Joint Committee on Children, Youth, and Families, the Workgroup to Study Child Custody Proceedings Involving Child Abuse or Domestic Violence Allegations, the Family Law Subcommittee of the Judiciary Committee, and on the Marijuana Legalization Workgroup.
My work has been recognized with the “Be A Hero Award” from the Baltimore Child Abuse Center, the “2018 State Legislator Award” from the Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City, the “Leadership Award” from the Women Legislators of Maryland Foundation, the Howard County Branch of the NAACP 2018 State Legislator Award, and by the Baltimore Sun as one of the “2018 Top 25 Women to Watch” and one of the “Fresh Faces of Power” in Annapolis.
The greatest honor, however, has been the many calls from supporters and constituents urging me to run for Congress. I am humbled and grateful. I care deeply for the county where I was born and raised. As a graduate of Leadership Maryland, I have traveled to every county in our state learning of their particular issues and concerns and care deeply about those as well.
I’m proud of the work I’ve done and grateful for the opportunity the people of District 13 have given me. It’s about the work. It’s about being effective. It’s about making “policy” rather than making a “point”. There is much work still to be done in our great state and it is for that reason I have decided against running for this seat. I applaud many of those who have thrown their hats into the ring. I urge all of my constituents and supporters to look hard at their resumes and vote for a candidate who has proven they can head to Congress and legislate effectively for the citizens of Maryland and the USA.
Here is the PDF version of the statement: READ HERE
I am a little bummed she is not running in #MD07…on the other hand she remains the delegate for the district I live in…so that remains a wonderful thing.