Joseph J. Minnick

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Joseph J. "Sonny" Minnick
Joseph J. Minnick (2007).jpg
Member of the Maryland House of Delegates from District 6
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 11, 1995
Constituency District 6, Baltimore County
Member of the Maryland House of Delegates
In office
1988–1990
Personal details
Born (1933-03-16) March 16, 1933 (age 81)
Dundalk, Maryland
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Barbara Minnick
Residence Dundalk, Maryland
Occupation Restaurant Owner

Joseph J. "Sonny" Minnick (born March 16, 1933) is an American politician from Maryland and a member of the Democratic Party.

Background[edit]

Minnick was born in Dundalk, Maryland on March 16, 1933. He served in the United States Navy during the Korean War. Upon arriving home, he joined his brother Dan Minnick Jr. to take over the management of Minnick's Hollywood Inn, a family business founded by his grandfather in the early 1920s, now known as Minnick's Restaurant and Catering Business, Inc. Minnick's bar was raided on June 29, 2011 which seized five video devices believed to be involved in illegal gambling [1]. Minnick has not been charged.

Minnick has been active with both the Restaurant Association and with veteran's groups. Minnick is a strong supporter of Small businesses in the State of Maryland.

In the Legislature[edit]

He is currently serving in his 5th term in the Maryland House of Delegates, representing Maryland's District 6 in Baltimore County. Minnick is a member of the Economic Matters Committee. During long debates on the House floor, the Speaker will often recognize Delegate Minnick who moves the previous question, allowing the Speaker to terminate lengthy debates.

Legislative notes[edit]

  • voted against the Clean Indoor Air Act of 2007 (HB359)[2]
  • voted against in-state tuition for illegal immigrants in 2007 -Higher Education -Tuition Charges -Maryland High School Students, 2007 (HB6)[3]
  • voted for income tax reduction in 1998 (SB750)[4]
  • voted for the Maryland Gang Prosecution Act of 2007 (HB713), subjecting gang members to up to 20 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $100,000 [5]
  • voted for Jessica’s Law (HB 930), eliminating parole for the most violent child sexual predators and creating a mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years in state prison, 2007 [6]
  • voted for Public Safety – Statewide DNA Database System – Crimes of Violence and Burglary – Post conviction (HB 370), helping to give police officers and prosecutors greater resources to solve crimes and eliminating a backlog of 24,000 unanalyzed DNA samples, leading to 192 arrests, 2008 [7]
  • voted for Vehicle Laws – Repeated Drunk and Drugged Driving Offenses – Suspension of License (HB 293), strengthening Maryland’s drunk driving laws by imposing a mandatory one year license suspension for a person convicted of drunk driving more than once in five years, 2009 [8]
  • voted for HB 102, creating the House Emergency Medical Services System Workgroup, leading to Maryland’s budgeting of $52 million to fund three new Medevac helicopters to replace the State’s aging fleet, 2009 [9]

For the past four years, Delegate Minnick has annually voted to support classroom teachers, public schools, police and hospitals in Baltimore County. Since 2002, funding to schools across the State has increased 82%, resulting in Maryland being ranked top in the nation for K-12 education.

Election results[edit]

  • 2002 Race for Maryland House of Delegates – District 6[1]
Voters to choose three:
Name Votes Percent Outcome
John S. Arnick Dem. 17,541   20.87%    Won
Joseph J. Minnick, Dem. 17,530   20.85%    Won
Michael H. Weir, Jr., Dem. 17,958   21.36%    Won
Jane Brooks, Rep. 12,517   14.89%    Lost
Bruce Laing, Rep. 9,448   11.24%    Lost
Paul Michael Blitz, Rep. 8,969   10.67%    Lost
Other Write-Ins 106   0.13%    Lost
  • 1998 Race for Maryland House of Delegates – District 7[2]
Voters to choose three:
Name Votes Percent Outcome
Jacob J. Mohorovic Jr., Dem. 16,338   23%    Won
Joseph J. Minnick, Dem. 15,095   21%    Won
John S. Arnick, Dem. 14,385   20%    Won
Jane Brooks, Rep. 9,792   14%    Lost
Russell Mirabile, Rep. 8,947   13%    Lost
Gary Adams, Rep. 6,178   9%    Lost
  • 1994 Race for Maryland House of Delegates – District 7[3]
Voters to choose three:
Name Votes Percent Outcome
Jacob J. Mohorovic Jr., Dem. 16,059   25%    Won
Joseph J. Minnick, Dem. 15,880   25%    Won
John S. Arnick, Dem. 14,469   23%    Won
Jacqueline W. Madison, Rep. 9,149   14%    Lost
Robert J. Parsons, Rep. 7,628   12%    Lost

References[edit]

  1. ^ "House of Delegates Results". Maryland State Board of Elections. Retrieved March 12, 2009. 
  2. ^ "House of Delegates Results". Maryland State Board of Elections. Retrieved March 12, 2009. 
  3. ^ "House of Delegates Results". Maryland State Board of Elections. Retrieved March 12, 2009.