Member, Forest Land Task Force, 1981-84; Mosquito Control Committee, 1982-83; Governor's Task Force on Time-Sharing, 1983-84; Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect, 1983-85; Governor's Council on Child Abuse and Neglect, 1986-99; Work Force Investment Board, 1988-95; Governor's Commission on Competitive Forces Facing Maryland's Horse-Racing Industry, 1994; Joint Executive-Legislative Task Force to Study Commercial Gaming Activities in Maryland, 1995; Task Force on Education Funding Equity, Accountability, and Partnerships, 1997-98; Task Force to Study Retail Electric Competition and the Restructuring of the Electric Utility Industry, 1997-98; Commission to Study Ways to Improve the Financial Viability of the Racing Industry, 1997-99; Commission on Transportation Investment, 1999; Commission on Education Finance, Equity, and Excellence, 1999-2002; Transit Policy Panel, 2000; Special Commission to Study Sexual Orientation Discrimination in Maryland, 2000-01; Southern Regional Education Board, 2001-03; Commission on Maryland's Fiscal Structure, 2002-03; Task Force to Study Public School Facilities, 2002-04; Task Force to Study the Maryland Heritage Structure Rehabilitation Tax Credit Program, 2003; Transit Funding Study Steering Committee, 2006-07; Commission on Civic Literacy, 2007-12; Maryland Business Tax Reform Commission, 2008-10; Legislative Advisory Council, 2008-, Southern Regional Education Board; College Success Task Force, P-20 Leadership Council of Maryland, 2009-10; Work Group to Consider Gaming Expansion, 2012. Co-Chair, Commission on the Establishment of a Maryland Educators Service Memorial, 2013-16.
Born in L'Anse, Michigan, February 9, 1933. Attended L'Anse, Michigan, public schools; Northern State Teachers College, B.A. (social work). Head Start teacher, Detroit, Michigan, 1960-62. Campaign manager and aide to U.S. Representative William D. Ford of Michigan, 1964-67. Administrative assistant, Democratic National Committee. Member, Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee, 1974-76. Director of Congressional Relations, Environmental Industrial Association, 1993. President, The Hixson Group, 2002. Board of Directors, Hearts and Homes for Youth, 2003-; Pyramid Atlantic, 2003-. Member, National Capital Democratic Club; Women's National Democratic Club; Women's Suburban Democratic Club; Eastern Montgomery, Kensington, Wheaton Democratic Club. Member, Plowmen & Fishermen; National Organization for Women (NOW); National Professional and Business Women's Organization; National Association of Sunday School Instructors. Legislator Recognition Award, Maryland Association of Counties, 1984, 1996. Maryland's Top 100 Women, Daily Record, 2000, 2007, 2009 (Circle of Excellence). John R. Hargreaves Distinguished Legislative Fellow Award, Institute for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement, Salisbury University, 2006. Certificate of Appreciation, Maryland Municipal League, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011. Dr. Nancy S. Grasmick Leadership Award in Early Care and Education, Maryland Family Network, 2015. Four children.
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