Carolyn J. B. Howard

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Carolyn J. B. Howard
Member of the Maryland House of Delegates
from the 24th district
Assumed office
March 3, 1991
Preceded by Sylvania W. Woods Jr.
Member of the Maryland House of Delegates
from the 24th district
In office
January 1988 – January 1990; March 1991- current
Preceded by Francis J. Santangelo Sr.
Personal details
Born (1938-12-20) December 20, 1938 (age 78)
DeLand, Florida, United States
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Earl. J. Howard
Residence Mitchellville, Maryland
Religion Protestant

Carolyn J. B. Howard is an American politician in the Maryland House of Delegates representing District 24 in Prince George's County. She is the Deputy Speaker Pro Tem of the Maryland House and a former chairman of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland.


Born in DeLand, Florida.

  • Florida A & M University, B.S. (Home Economics & Education)
  • Bowie State College, M.Ed. (Educational Administration and Supervision)
  • Sojourner-Douglass College, Honorary Doctorate (Humanities)

Director Department of Federal Programs, Prince George's County Public Schools, 2000-

In the legislature[edit]

  • Member of House of Delegates, 1988–90, and since March 7, 1991.
  • Deputy Speaker Pro Tem, 2007-.
  • Member, Ways and Means Committee, 1993- (education subcommittee, 1994; vice-chair's subcommittee, 1995-; chair, housing & social issues subcommittee, 1995–96; chair, transportation subcommittee, 1997-)
  • Joint Audit Committee (formerly Joint Budget and Audit Committee), 1993-
  • Legislative Policy Committee, 2007-
  • Joint Committee on the Management of Public Funds, 2007-
  • Rules and Executive Nominations Committee, 2007-
  • Member, Constitutional and Administrative Law Committee, 1991–92
  • Joint Legislative Work Group on Community College Financing, 1994–95
  • House Co-Chair, Joint Task Force on Payment Schedule of Property Taxes, 1995
  • Deputy Majority Whip, 1995–99
  • Member, Special Joint Committee on Competitive Taxation and Economic Development, 1996–97
  • Special Committee on School Enrollment Management, 1996–97
  • Special Committee on Rail Mergers, 1997
  • Speaker's Advisory Committee on Legislative Redistricting, 2001–02
  • Joint Committee on the Selection of the State Treasurer, 2002, 2003, 2007
  • Chair, Prince George's County Delegation, 2003-06 (member, county affairs committee)
  • Member, Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland (formerly Maryland Legislative Black Caucus), 1988- (chair, 1998-2000; member, redistricting committee, 2000-)
  • Women Legislators of Maryland, 1991- (2nd vice-chair, 1996–97; treasurer, 2000–01; 2nd vice-president, 2001–02; 1st vice-president, 2003–04; executive board, at large, 2008–09)
  • Chair, House Democratic Caucus, 1999-
  • Member, Maryland Veterans Caucus, 2005-
  • Member, National Conference of State Legislatures (education committee, 2005-)
  • Southern Legislative Conference (economic development, transportation & cultural affairs committee, 2005-)
  • Director, District 3, National Black Caucus of State Legislators (special assistant to President).[1]

Served as a Delegate to the Democratic Party National Convention in 1984, 1992, 2000, 2004, and 2008.

Legislation (Sponsored and Co-sponsored, 2007-2012)[edit]

Legislative Session Accomplishments


Member, Professional Standards and Teacher Education Advisory Board, State Board of Education, 1986–87

  • Local Health Services Funding Review Committee, 1993
  • Maryland Comprehensive Transit Plan Transit Advisory Panel, 1998–99
  • Commission on Education Finance, Equity, and Excellence, 1999-2002
  • Transit Policy Panel, 2000
  • Virginia-Maryland-District of Columbia Joint Legislative Commission on Interstate Transportation, 2000–03
  • Task Force to Study Rent Stabilization for the Elderly in Prince George's County, 2007
  • Blue Ribbon Commission on Maryland Transportation Funding, 2010–12
  • Co-Chair, Communications Tax Reform Commission, 2012–13
  • Member, Region Forward Coalition, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, 2012-