Dan K. Morhaim

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Dan Koenig Morhaim
Dan K. Morhaim (2007).jpg
Member of the Maryland House of Delegates
from the 11th district
Assumed office
January 11, 1995
Preceded by New district
Constituency Northwest Baltimore County
Personal details
Born (1948-12-27) December 27, 1948 (age 68)
Los Angeles, California
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Shelley
Profession Politician, physician, author

Dan K. Morhaim (born December 27, 1948), an American politician and physician, is a member of the Maryland House of Delegates representing northwest Baltimore County. He has been a leader in legislation concerning healthcare, the environment, and streamlining government operations. He is also the author of the book The Better End (2011), endorsed by Maya Angelou.


Born in Los Angeles, California, United States, on December 27, 1948, Morhaim graduated from Fairfax High School in Los Angeles and earned a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of California, Berkeley in 1970. Morhaim received his Doctor of Medicine from New York Medical College in 1975 and is board certified in internal and emergency medicine.[1] As of 2016, he has three children with wife, Shelley Morhaim,[2] and lives in Owings Mills, Maryland.[3]


Morhaim has been a member of the Maryland House since 1995[1] and the Deputy Majority Leader since 2007.[3] He is a member of the Democratic Party and represents the 11th District, which encompasses northwest Baltimore County. As of 2016, Morhaim serves as Chair of the Government Operations & Long-Term Care Subcommmittee and Co-Chair of the Fire/EMS Caucus.[1] He is the only physician in the Maryland General Assembly.[4]

A longtime writer, his book, The Better End: Surviving (and Dying) on Your Own Terms in Today's Modern Medical World, was published in 2011 by the Johns Hopkins University Press.[1] It was endorsed by Maya Angelou,[5] whom he had previously met in Paris, France, while "doing that American-writer-in-Paris thing," according to The Baltimore Sun.[6]

In addition to being in the state legislature, Morhaim is a faculty member at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the University of Maryland Medical School, as well as a staff physician at Sinai Hospital, Northwest Hospital, and Health Care for the Homeless in Baltimore and fire surgeon for Baltimore County. He is also a member of the board of directors for the John W. Brick Mental Health Foundation[7] and Health Care for the Homeless.[1][8]

Legislative notes[edit]

List of key votes[note 1] on legislation introduced by Morhaim as the primary or co-sponsor:[10]

  • 2016 Increases Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards of 2016 (HB1106)
  • 2016 Prohibits Firearms on Campus of 2016 (HB1002)
  • 2016 Requires Employers to Offer Paid Sick Leave of 2016 (HB580)
  • 2015 Authorizes Expungement of Certain Crimes (HB124)
  • 2013 Authorizes Medical Marijuana (HB1101)
  • 2013 Amends the State Health Benefits Exchange and Medicaid Program (HB228)
  • 2012 Establishes State Health Insurance Exchanges (HB443)
  • 2011 Prohibiting Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination (HB235)
  • 2009 Proof of Citizenship Requirement for ID Cards, Vehicle Licenses, and Permits (HB387)
  • 2008 Increasing Renewable Energy Standards (HB374)
  • 2008 Energy Efficiency Regulations (HB374)
  • 2007 Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Green Fund (HB1220)
  • 2007 Tobacco Tax to Fund Health Care (HB754)
  • 2007 Indoor Smoking Ban (HB359)
  • 2007 Maryland Clean Cars Act of 2007 (HB131)
  • 2006 Mandatory Sentences and Other Penalties for Sex Offenders (HB2)
  • 2006 Restrictions on Campaign Fund-Raising Activities by Members of the Board of Regents (HB1674)
  • 2006 Maryland Stem Cell Research Act of 2006 (HB1)


  1. ^ Vote Smart used the following criteria to select key votes:[9]
    • Portrays how the delegate stands on an issue
    • Easy to understand
    • Received media attention
    • The vote was passed or defeated by a very close margin
    • Vote Smart received repeated inquiries about a particular vote


  1. ^ a b c d e "House of Delegates", Maryland State Archives, 23 Mar 2016, retrieved 13 Apr 2016 
  2. ^ Fila, Mike (13 Dec 2007), "Weaving art, core classes point of film", Owings Mills Times 
  3. ^ a b "Dan Morhaim's Biography", Vote Smart, retrieved 13 Apr 2016 
  4. ^ Loricchio, Lauren (18 Nov 2014), "District 12's new delegates prepare for debut in Annapolis on Jan. 14", The Baltimore Sun 
  5. ^ "Business Briefs", Carroll County Times, 18 Apr 2012 
  6. ^ Rodricks, Dan (4 Nov 1997), "From the archives: Maya Angelou's advice to younger generation", The Baltimore Sun 
  7. ^ "Board of Directors", John W. Brick Mental Health Foundation, retrieved 13 Apr 2016 
  8. ^ "Our Board of Directors", Health Care for the Homeless, retrieved 13 Apr 2016 
  9. ^ "About the Selection and Description of Key Votes", Vote Smart, retrieved 13 Apr 2016 
  10. ^ "Maryland Key Votes", Vote Smart, retrieved 13 Apr 2016 

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