Justin Ross

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Justin D. Ross
Justin D. Ross (2007).jpg
Member of the Maryland House of Delegates
from the 22nd district
In office
January 8, 2003 – November 9, 2012
Succeeded by Alonzo T. Washington
Personal details
Born (1976-04-18) April 18, 1976 (age 38)
Bowie, Maryland
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Nancy
Children Caroline, Andrew, Jackson
Religion Methodist

Justin D. Ross (born April 18, 1976) is an American politician who served in the Maryland House of Delegates from 2003 to 2012. He was first elected to the House in 2002 to represent District 22, which covers Prince George's County.

In November 2012, Ross retired from the House of Delegates to spend more time with his family.[1]

Background[edit]

Ross was born in Prince George's County, Maryland to David G. and Jane L. Ross, on April 18, 1976. Ross attended the public schools of Prince George's County and graduated from Eleanor Roosevelt High School in 1994, where he wrestled and was the County champion at 145 lbs. Ross matriculated to the University of Maryland, College Park and received his B.A. in government and politics in 1998.

Career[edit]

Since graduating from college, Ross has been a real estate broker.

In the legislature[edit]

Ross began serving in the House of Delegates on January 8, 2003. He served on the House Ways and Means Committee and its election law and revenues subcommittees. Delegate Ross was also a member of the Joint Advisory Committee on Legislative Data Systems from 2003 to 2006. He also served as chair of the County Affairs Committee of the Prince George's County Delegation. He was a member of the Maryland Bicycle and Pedestrian Caucus, the Maryland Green Caucus, and the Maryland Veterans Caucus.[2]
In January 2006, Delegate Ross introduced a bill aimed at limiting the exposure of youngsters to violent and or adult video games.[3] The bill would have required that retailers of violent and or adult video games label the games as such and provided for stiff penalties for failure to do so. During the 2007 session of the Maryland General Assembly, Delegate Ross sponsored House Bill 554 which was cross-filed with an identical bill, Senate Bill 488,[4] by State Senator Gwendolyn Britt. These bills both sought to allow specified convicted felons, who have been released and completed their conditions of parole and probation, the right to vote. Senate Bill 488 passed both houses and was signed into law by Governor O'Malley.

Legislative notes[edit]

  • voted for the Healthy Air Act in 2006 (SB154)[5]
  • voted against slots in 2005 (HB1361)[6]
  • voted in favor of the Tax Reform Act of 2007(HB2)[1]
  • voted in favor of in-state tuition for students who attended Maryland highschools for at least 2 years. (HB6)(2007) [7]
  • sponsored House Bill 30 in 2007, Establishing the Maryland Education Fund.House Bill 30

Awards[edit]

  • 2010 Most Influential Maryland Legislators (Top 20)[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wagner, John (2012-09-27). "Del. Justin Ross leaving Maryland legislature". washingtonpost.com (The Washington Post). Retrieved 15 March 2013. 
  2. ^ "House of Delegates: Justin Ross". Maryland State archives. Retrieved 2007-08-31. 
  3. ^ Stevens, Tim (2006-01-18). "A Recent History of Video Game Legislation, Part 2". FamilyMediaGuide.com. Retrieved 2007-08-31. 
  4. ^ "Senate bill 488". Maryland Department of Legislative Services: Office of Information Systems. Retrieved 2007-08-31. 
  5. ^ "Senate Bill 154". Maryland Department of Legislative Services: Office of Information Systems. Retrieved 2007-08-13. 
  6. ^ "House Bill 1361". Maryland Department of Legislative Services: Office of Information Systems. Retrieved 2007-08-13. 
  7. ^ "House Bill 6". Maryland Department of Legislative Services. Retrieved 2007-05-11. 
  8. ^ Poll (2 April 2010). "Where Does Your Legislator Rank? See the list.". Maryland Gazette of Politics and Business. Retrieved 10 April 2010. 

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