Talmadge Branch

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Talmadge Branch
Talmadge Branch (2007).jpg
Member of the Maryland House of Delegates
from the 45th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 11, 1995
Preceded by John Douglass
Personal details
Born (1956-01-30) January 30, 1956 (age 58)
North Carolina, United States
Political party Democratic
Relations Warren Branch, Baltimore City Council
Residence Baltimore, Maryland
Religion Baptist

Talmadge Branch (born January 30, 1956) is an American politician who represents the 45th legislative district in the Maryland House of Delegates. Branch has been in office since 1995 and is currently the House majority whip. Delegate Branch is a former chairman of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland and founder of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland's foundation.

Background[edit]

Branch was born in Northampton County, North Carolina on January 30, 1956. He attended Northern High School in Baltimore and then Essex Community College where he got his A.A. in 1978. By 1980 Branch had earned his B.A. in liberal studies from Salisbury State College.

In the legislature[edit]

Branch has been a member of House of Delegates since January 11, 1995. He served on the House Appropriations Committee and was its vice-chairman from 2003 to 2007. He also serves on the Ways and Means committee. He is a member of the Legislative Policy Committee, the Special Joint Committee on Pensions, the Task Force to Study the State's Retiree Health Insurance Liabilities, the Rules and Executive Nominations Committee, the Spending Affordability Committee, the Joint Commission on the Maryland Port Administration and he is the House Chair of the Joint Committee on Welfare Reform.[1]

General election results, 2006[edit]

  • 2006 Race for Maryland House of Delegates – 45th District[2]
Voters to choose three:
Name Votes Percent Outcome
Cheryl Glenn, Democratic 16,911   32.6%    Won
Hattie N. Harrison, Democratic 16,804   31.0%    Won
Talmadge Branch, Democratic 16,014   30.9%    Won
Ronald M. Owens-Bey, Populist 2,727   5.3%    Lost
Other write-ins 111   .2%    Lost

Legislative notes[edit]

  • Co-sponsored HB 860 (Baltimore City Public Schools Construction and Revitalization Act of 2013). Signed by the Governor on May 16, 2013, the new law approved 1.1 billion dollars to construct new schools in Baltimore City.[3]
  • voted for the Clean Indoor Air Act of 2007 (HB359)[1]
  • voted for the Healthy Air Act in 2006 (SB154)[2]
  • primary sponsor-Baltimore City - Illegal Dumping - Surveillance Systems 2006 (HB111-became law: Chapter#312)[4]
  • voted for slots in 2005 (HB1361)[3]
  • primary sponsor- Child Support Enforcement Privatization Pilot Program 2003(HB564 became law: Chapter312)[5]
  • voted against electric deregulation in 1999 (HB703)[4]
  • voted for income tax reduction in 1998 (SB750)[5]
  • voted for the Tax Reform Act of 2007 (HB2)[6]
  • voted in favor of Slots (HB4) in the 2007 Special session[6]

Awards[edit]

  • 2010 Most Influential Maryland Legislators (Top 20)[7]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "House of Delegates: Talmadge Branch". Maryland manual on-line. Retrieved 2007-09-08. 
  2. ^ "House of Delegates Results". Maryland State Board of Elections.  Retrieved on Mar. 3, 2007
  3. ^ "House Bill 860". Maryland Legislative Services. Retrieved March 16, 2014. 
  4. ^ http://mlis.state.md.us/2005RS/billfile/hb0111.htm
  5. ^ http://mlis.state.md.us/2003rs/sponsors/branch$.htm
  6. ^ "HouseBill 4 3rd Reading Vote Tally". Maryland Department of Legislative Information Services. Retrieved 2009-05-29. 
  7. ^ Poll (2 April 2010). "Where Does Your Legislator Rank? See the list.". Maryland Gazette of Politics and Business. Retrieved 10 April 2010.