[Photograph of State Senator] MICHAEL J. COLLINS, Democrat, District 6, Baltimore County & Harford County.

Member of Senate since December 1986. Senate Chair, Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics, 1995-. Member, Economic and Environmental Affairs Committee, 1986- (environment subcommittee; chair, education subcommittee, 1995-; chair, ad hoc subcommittee on ethics & election laws, 1997-); Joint Committee on the Port of Baltimore, 2000-. Co-Chair, Special Committee on Gaming, 2001-. Member, Joint Work Group on Community College Financing, 1994-95; Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review, 1994-2000; Special Study Commission on the Maryland Public Ethics Law, 1998. Chair, Baltimore County Delegation, 1995-.

Member, House of Delegates, 1978-86. Member, Constitutional and Administrative Law Committee, 1978-86. Member, Controlled Hazardous Substances Task Force, 1992-94; Task Force to Review the State's Election Law, 1995; Commission on Aging, 1995-; Task Force on Educational Assistants and Paraprofessionals in the Public Schools of Maryland, 1996; Task Force on National Association of Stock-Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) Motor Sports, 1996-97; Commission to Revise the Election Code, 1997; Task Force on Multiracial Designations, 1997; Maryland School Performance Assessment Program Review Panel, 1997-. Co-Chair, Task Force on the Education of Homeless Children and Youth in Maryland, 1997-98. Member, Governor's Special Commission to Study Health-Care Procurement Practices, 1998-99; Task Force on Quality of Care in Nursing Facilities, 1999; Task Force to Study Alternative Educational Programs for Chronically Disruptive Students, 1999-2000; Commission on Education Finance, Equity, and Excellence, 1999-; Study Commission on Lobbyist Ethics, 1999-; Special Committee on Voting Systems and Election Procedures in Maryland, 2000-01; Judith P. Hoyer Blue Ribbon Commission on the Financing of Early Child Care and Education, 2000-; Commission on Funding and Services for Gifted and Talented Student Education in Maryland, 2000-; Oversight Committee on Quality of Care in Nursing Homes, 2000-. Born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, July 24, 1940. University of Scranton, B.S., 1962; The Johns Hopkins University, M.L.A., 1966; Essex Community College; Loyola College. Educator. Member, Essex Development Corporation; Essex-Middle River Chamber of Commerce; Bird River Democratic and Civic Club; Riverside Democratic Club; Middle River Democratic and Civic Club; Bengies-Chase Democratic Club; 15th District Democratic Club; Deep Creek Democratic Club and Civic Association; Knights of Columbus Council 2452. Outstanding Contributions to Education Award, Teachers Association of Baltimore County, 1975; Man of the Year, Essex Community College, 1985; Elected Official of the Year, Young Democrats, 1986; Legislator of the Year, Maryland Psychological Association, 1988; Walter G. Wells Award for Outstanding Contributions to Preserving the Environment, Potomac Chapter, Sierra Club, 1988. Member, St. Clare's Parish Council (past president); Holy Name Society.

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