[photo, James B. Kraft, City Council, Baltimore, Maryland] JAMES B. KRAFT, Member, City Council (Democrat)

Member, City Council, Baltimore, representing District 1, since December 2004. Vice-Chair, Budget and Appropriations Committee, 2011-. Chair, Judiciary and Legislative Investigations Committee, 2007- (vice-chair, 2006-07; past chair, public safety subcommittee). Vice-Chair, Land Use and Transportation Committee, 2007-09, 2010-. Member, Recreation and Parks Committee, 2011-. Chair, Public Safety and Health Committee, 2010 (vice-chair, 2007-10).

Member of Senate, representing District 46 (Baltimore City & Baltimore County), September 19, 2002 to January 8, 2003.

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, July 25, 1949. Attended Mount St. Joseph High School, Baltimore, Maryland; Towson State University, B.S. (secondary education, history, & political science), 1971. University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D., 1979. Admitted to Maryland Bar, 1981. Attorney. Member, American, Maryland State and Howard County Bar Associations. Former member, Baltimore City Bar Association (community partnership committee; legislative committee). Delegate, Democratic Party National Convention, 1980 (alternate, 1984; delegate, mid-term conference, 1978). Member, Democratic Leadership Council. Member, Baltimore City Democratic Central Committee, 2002-10. Former member, Howard County Democratic Central Committee. Member United Democratic Club of the 26th Ward (past president); New Democratic Club. Lifetime member, Columbia Democratic Club. Member, Southeast Community Organization (SECO), 1998-2002; Highlandtown Improvement Association, 1999-2002; Waltherson Improvement Association, 1999-2002; Baltimore-Highland Community Association, 1999-2002; Canton Community Association; Patterson Park Neighborhood Association; Friends of Patterson Park. Vice-President, Fells Prospect Community Association, 2002 (treasurer, 1999-2002). Board of Directors, Maryland Municipal League, 2010-. President, Baltimore City Historical Society. Board of Directors, Greektown Community Development Corporation; Friends of Olmsted Parks and Landscapes; Baltimore Regional Chapter, U.S. Green Building Council. Former vice-president and co-founder, Waverly Block Builders. Member and lay minister, St. Casimir's Catholic Church (Canton), Baltimore, Maryland. Married; three children; three grandchildren.

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