C., 1966; lawyer, private practice; member of the Maryland state senate, 1966-1979, and president, 1975-1979; member of the Maryland state board for higher education, 1978-1981; delegate to Democratic National Conventions, 1968, 1974, 1976, and 1984; elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-seventh Congress, by special election, to fill the vacancy created by H. 80, which declared United States Representative Gladys Noon Spellmanâ€™s seat vacant due to an incapacitating illness, and reelected to the eighteen succeeding Congresses (May 19, 1981-present); chairman, House Democratic Caucus (One Hundred First through One Hundred Third Congresses); minority whip (One Hundred Eighth, One Hundred Ninth, and One Hundred Twelfth through One Hundred Fifteenth Congresses); majority leader (One Hundred Tenth and One Hundred Eleventh Congresses).
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