Roy Dyson

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Roy Dyson
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Member of the Maryland Senate
from the 29th district
Assumed office
January 11, 1995
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maryland's 1st district
In office
Preceded by Robert Bauman
Succeeded by Wayne Gilchrest
Member of the Maryland House of Delegates
from the 29th district
In office
Personal details
Born (1948-11-15) November 15, 1948 (age 65)
Great Mills, Maryland
Political party Democratic

Royden Patrick (Roy) Dyson (born November 15, 1948) is an American politician. He is a former Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from Maryland.

Born in Great Mills, Maryland, Dyson attended private schools and graduated from Great Mills High School in 1966. He attended the University of Maryland, College Park, and the University of Baltimore in 1968, 1969, and 1970. He also served as a legislative assistant in the United States House of Representatives from 1973 to 1974.

Dyson was elected to the Maryland House of Delegates, serving from 1975 to 1980, and was a delegate in 1978 to the Democratic National Issues Conference. Dyson ran for Congress in the Eastern Shore-based 1st District in 1976, losing to two-term Republican Robert Bauman. However, he defeated Bauman in 1980 after Bauman was charged with soliciting a teenage boy and admitted his homosexuality, becoming the first Democrat to represent the district in 18 years and only the second since 1947.

Leading up to the 1988 election, Dyson's top aide, Tom Pappas, committed suicide after a story ran in the Washington Post saying that Pappas told a male staffer that he would have to do a strip tease at a private party.[1] Dyson denied rumors that he or his aide were homosexual.[2]

Dyson's 1988 electoral opponent was Republican Wayne Gilchrest, a high school teacher who had never run for office before. Dyson narrowly won re-election 50.4% to 49.6%.[3] In 1990, Gilchrest defeated Dyson 57% to 43% despite again being badly outspent by Dyson, who received substantial PAC contributions in all of his later campaigns.

In 1995, Dyson was elected to the Maryland Senate, representing District 29 (St. Mary's County and southern Calvert County). As of 2006, he resides in Great Mills.


  1. ^ Congressman's aide jumps to death
  2. ^ Dyson denies homosexual charges
  3. ^ Barone, Michael; Ujifusa, Grant (1999). The Almanac of American Politics 2000. National Journal Group Inc. p. 745. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Robert Bauman
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maryland's 1st congressional district

January 3, 1981 – January 3, 1991
Succeeded by
Wayne Gilchrest