[photo, James N. Mathias, Jr., Maryland State Senator] JAMES N. MATHIAS, JR.
Democrat, District 38, Somerset, Wicomico & Worcester Counties

Member of Senate since January 12, 2011. Member, Finance Committee, 2011- (health subcommittee, 2012-15; property & casualty subcommittee, 2015-); Joint Subcommittee on Program Open Space and Agricultural Land Preservation, 2011-; Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review, 2015-; Executive Nominations Committee, 2015-. Senate Chair, Joint Committee on the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Critical Area, 2015-. Member, Joint Committee on Ending Homelessness, 2015-. Member, Special Joint Commission on Public Safety and Security in State and Local Correctional Facilities, 2013. Senate Chair, Somerset County Delegation, 2011-; Worcester County Delegation, 2011-; Wicomico County Delegation, 2015-; Eastern Shore Delegation, 2015-. Member, Maryland Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus, 2011-.

Member, Governor's Commission on Small Business, 2011-; Tri-County Council for the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland, 2011- (executive board, 2012-); Local Development Council, Worcester County, 2011-; Work Group to Study the Laws and Policies Related to the Distribution of Money to Volunteer and Career [Fire] Companies, 2013; Task Force to Study a Post-Labor Day Start Date for Maryland Public Schools, 2013-14; Rural Maryland Council, 2015-; Maryland Tourism Development Board, 2015-; Task Force on the Maryland Clean Energy Center, 2016-; Work Group on Rural Health Care Delivery, 2016-.

Member of House of Delegates, representing District 38B, Wicomico and Worcester Counties, June 12, 2006 to January 12, 2011. Member, Ways and Means Committee, 2006; Economic Matters Committee, 2007-11 (banking, economic development, science & technology subcommittee, 2007-11; alcoholic beverages work group, 2007-11; consumer protection & commercial law work group, 2007-11). Chair, Worcester County Delegation, 2007-11.

Member, Task Force on the Availability and Affordability of Property Insurance in Coastal Areas, 2007-08; Maryland Tourism Development Board, 2007-11; Coastal Bays Aquaculture Development Work Group, 2008; Lower Eastern Shore Children's Center Advisory Board, 2008-; Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee, 2009-11.

Board of Zoning Appeals, Ocean City, 1987-90. Member, City Council, Ocean City, 1990-96.

Mayor of Ocean City, 1996-2006. Member, Maryland Commission for Celebration 2000, 1997-2001; Governor's Task Force on Eastern Shore Economic Development, 1999-2001; Critical Area Commission for the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bay, 2002-06; Task Force on Traffic Capacity Across the Chesapeake Bay, 2004-06.

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, September 2, 1951. Attended Calvert Hall College High School, Towson, Maryland; University of Maryland Baltimore County, B.A. (political science), 1974. Former small business owner, Ocean City. Business Development Officer, Royal Plus, Inc., 2005-. President, Lower Eastern Shore Mayors Association, 2004. State Chair, WalkAmerica, March of Dimes, 2004. Maryland Public Policy Conflict Resolution Fellow, Center for Dispute Resolution, University of Maryland School of Law, 2012. Member, Ocean City Volunteer Fire Company, Engine 703. Past chair, Worcester County Ambulance Service Committee; Ocean City Humane Society Commission. Member, Knights of Columbus. Certificate of Appreciation, Maryland Municipal League, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011. Legislative Leadership Award, Maryland Clean Energy Center, 2013. Member, St. Mary's Star of the Sea Catholic Church, Ocean City, Maryland. Widower; two children.

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