C. Anthony Muse

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C. Anthony Muse
C. Anthony Muse (May 2008).jpg
Muse in May 2008
Member of the Maryland Senate
from the 26th district
In office
January 10, 2007 – January 2019
Preceded byGloria Gary Lawlah
Succeeded byObie Patterson
Member of the Maryland House of Delegates
from the 26th district
In office
1995–1999
Preceded byRosa Lee Blumenthal
Succeeded byKerry Hill
Personal details
Born (1958-04-17) April 17, 1958 (age 61)
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
OccupationMinister

C. Anthony Muse (born April 17, 1958) is an American politician and minister from Maryland and a member of the Democratic Party. He is a former member of the Maryland State Senate, representing Maryland's District 26 in southern Prince George's County. He is also the Senior Pastor of the Ark of Safety Christian Church in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. In the 2012 U.S. Senate election in Maryland, Muse unsuccessfully challenged incumbent Ben Cardin in the Democratic primary, receiving about 16% of the vote to Cardin's 74%. Muse is married to WRC-TV news anchor Pat Lawson-Muse.[1]

Early life, education, and pastoral career[edit]

Muse grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, and earned his undergraduate degree from Morgan State University in history. He went on to earn a Master of Divinity degree from Wesley Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Howard University. Muse worked as a pastor at a number of United Methodist churches before founding the Ark of Safety Christian Church in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.

Maryland legislature[edit]

Elections[edit]

Muse was originally elected to the Maryland House of Delegates in 1994 with 27% of the vote,[2] representing District 26 in southern Prince George's County. He only served one term in the House, not running for re-election in 1998. He ran for Prince George's County Executive in 2002 and lost the Democratic primary. In 2006, Muse ran for an open seat in the Maryland Senate and in the Democratic primary defeated fellow State Representative Obie Patterson 55%-45%.[3] In the general election, he won unopposed.[4] Muse was reelected to the Maryland state senate in 2010 and 2014. Instead of running for a fourth state senate term in 2018, Muse ran unsuccessfully for Prince George's County Executive.[5]

Tenure[edit]

In the Maryland legislature, Muse criticized the congressional and legislative redistricting processes as being overly partisan and discriminatory toward black voters.[6] He has tried to expand financial literacy, protect domestic violence victims, and provide more rights to noncustodial parents. He has also been heavily involved in issues affecting Prince George's and his district, including attempts to revitalize Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington; in 2010, Muse sponsored unsuccessful legislation to legalize gambling on card games at the horse track.[7] He also initially opposed allowing a casino at National Harbor, Maryland, favoring instead locating a casino at Rosecroft.[8] Muse is also known for strong social-conservative viewpoints, including strong opposition in 2011 and 2012 to the Civil Marriage Protection Act and the 2012 Question 6 referendum on same-sex marriage.[9][10] However, in 2014, Muse voted to ban discrimination based on gender identity after opposing a similar bill the prior year.[11]

Committee assignments[edit]

During his time in the house, he served on the Ways and Means Committee and as chaplain of the Maryland Legislative Black Caucus. Muse currently sits on the Senate Finance Committee. He was a member of the Task Force to Study County Property-Tax Setoffs and Related Fiscal Issues in 1997 and a member of the Bi-County Affairs Committee of Prince George's County Delegation.[12]

2012 U.S. Senate election[edit]

In January 2012, he officially declared he would run for this seat against incumbent U.S. Senator Ben Cardin.[13] Muse came in second with 15.7% of the vote.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pat Lawson Muse". NBC4 Washington. August 17, 2017.
  2. ^ "1994 Gubernatorial Election". elections.state.md.us. Maryland State Board of Elections. February 6, 2001.
  3. ^ "Our Campaigns - MD State Senate 26 - D Primary Race - Sep 12, 2006". www.ourcampaigns.com.
  4. ^ "Our Campaigns - MD State Senate 26 Race - Nov 07, 2006". www.ourcampaigns.com.
  5. ^ Hernández, Arelis R. (June 26, 2017). "State Sen. Anthony Muse to run for Prince George's County executive". The Washington Post. Washington, D.C. Retrieved April 23, 2019.
  6. ^ Hill, David (January 5, 2012). "P.G.'s Muse to challenge Cardin for Senate seat". The Washington Times.
  7. ^ Barnette, George (21 April 2010). "Rosecroft Card Gambling Rejected". The Afro-American. Washington, D.C. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  8. ^ "Muse Fights Baker on National Harbor Casino". The Baltimore Sun. Baltimore, Maryland. 22 February 2012. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  9. ^ Wagner, John (24 February 2011). "Maryland Senate approves bill on gay marriage, but House passage not ensured". The Washington Post. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  10. ^ Muse, C. Anthony (19 October 2012). "Opinion: Maryland's referendum on religious liberty". The Washington Post. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  11. ^ Lavers, Michael K. (20 February 2014). "Maryland Senate committee approves transgender rights bill". The Washington Blade. Washington, D.C. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  12. ^ "C. Anthony Muse, Maryland State Senator". Maryland Manual On-Line.
  13. ^ Pershing, Ben (January 5, 2012). "Anthony Muse set to launch Senate primary challenge against Cardin". The Washington Post.