Donald B. Elliott

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Donald B. Elliott
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Member, Maryland House of Delegates
Member, Maryland House of Delegates from District 4B
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 14, 1987
Constituency Legislative District 4B, Carroll & Frederick Counties
Personal details
Born (1931-10-18) October 18, 1931 (age 83)
Baltimore, Maryland
Political party Republican
Profession Legislator, Pharmacist
Religion Roman Catholic

Donald B. Elliott (born October 18, 1931) is a registered pharmacist and American politician of the Republican Party in the State of Maryland, USA, currently serving his 6th term as a member of the Maryland House of Delegates. He serves as the representative of Maryland legislative district 4B, which encompasses Carroll and Frederick Counties in Western Maryland. Delegate Elliott is known for his dedication to health care issues, particularly the crisis in Maryland regarding uncompensated care, and has worked in recent years to address the issue of removing citizens from the uninsured rolls through various measures.

Background[edit]

Elliott was first elected to the Maryland House of Delegates in 1986 to represent District 4B, which covers Carroll and Frederick Counties. He originally defeated Republican incumbent Delegate Lanny V. Harchenhorn, and defeated Democrat Robert George Fehle Sr. in the general election. He sits on the House Health & Government Operations Committee as the ranking minority member, and also sits on two subcommittees; the House Insurance Subcommittee and the House Health Facilities & Occupations Subcommittee.[1]

Education[edit]

Elliott attended Kenwood High School in Baltimore County. He graduated from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy in 1957. He later attended St. John's University, New York, to continue his study of pharmaceutical chemistry.

Career[edit]

Elliott served in the United States Navy and remained in the Naval Reserve until 1971, retiring at the rank of Lt. Commander.
Delegate Elliott has worked as a pharmacist in several capacities, including owning & operating two pharmacies in Carroll County, and remains a registered pharmacist.

During his time in the legislature, Elliott has concentrated his efforts on the Health & Government Operations Committee towards reforming Maryland's health insurance market.

Delegate Elliott has introduced legislation in the 2008 legislative session centering on the concept of personal responsibility with regards to health insurance.[2] Those individuals who are able to afford health coverage, but choose not to purchase it, increase the cost of uncompensated care in Maryland's hospitals. Though his approach is not a panacea to the issue of the uninsured, it is an approach that emphasizes turning to those who can bear the cost of health coverage first before addressing those who do not have access to employer plans or who otherwise cannot procure or afford it.

The net effect in bringing down the number of uninsured is to lower premiums for those who do purchase health insurance, and strengthening the health care system by assisting those who need help in attaining coverage. The legislation encompasses one piece of the noted Massachusetts health care reform. The personal responsibility concept has been endorsed by former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, and also former U.S. Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.

During the 2010 session of the Maryland General Assembly, he attempted to eliminate the requirement to have all vehicles in Maryland have front license plates. The Maryland Department of Legislative Services Estimated this would have saved the state over $500,000 the first year alone, with savings of over $750,000 in subsequent years.

Legislative notes[edit]

  • voted against the Clean Indoor Air Act of 2007 (HB359) [3]
  • voted for income tax reduction in 1998 (SB750) [4]
  • voted against in-state tuition for illegal immigrants in 2007 (HB6)

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Election results[edit]

  • 2006 election for Maryland House of Delegates – District 4B[6]
Voters to choose one:
Name Votes Percent Outcome
Donald B. Elliott, Rep. 10,148   69.8%    Won
Timothy Schlauch, Dem. 4,374   30.1%    Lost
Other Write-Ins 12   0.1%    Lost
  • 2002 election for Maryland House of Delegates – District 4B[7]
Voters to choose one:
Name Votes Percent Outcome
Donald B. Elliott, Rep. 10,321   75.7%    Won
Thomas Henry Morrison, Dem. 7,399   15.9%    Lost
Other Write-Ins 14   0.1%    Lost
  • 1998 election for Maryland House of Delegates – District 4B[8]
Voters to choose one:
Name Votes Percent Outcome
Donald B. Elliott, Rep. 6,897   67%    Won
Ann M. Ballard, Dem. 3,452   33%    Lost
  • 1994 election for Maryland House of Delegates – District 4B[9]
Voters to choose one:
Name Votes Percent Outcome
Donald B. Elliott, Rep. 7,403   78%    Won
Roy Pfeiffer, Dem. 2,050   22%    Lost
  • 1990 election for Maryland House of Delegates – District 4B[10]
Voters to choose one:
Name Votes Percent Outcome
Donald B. Elliott, Rep. 6,061   69%    Won
William D. Henley Sr., Dem. 2,695   31%    Lost
  • 1986 election for Maryland House of Delegates – District 4B[10]
Voters to choose one:
Name Votes Percent Outcome
Donald B. Elliott, Rep. 5,295   72%    Won
Robert George Fehle Sr., Dem. 2,018   27%    Lost

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ "1986 Gubernatorial Election - House of Delegates". 
  2. ^ http://mlis.state.md.us/2008rs/billfile/hb0737.htm
  3. ^ BILL INFO-2007 Regular Session-HB 359
  4. ^ Vote Record 1229
  5. ^ Vote Record 0690
  6. ^ "House of Delegates Results". Maryland State Board of Elections.  Retrieved on Sept, 8 2007
  7. ^ "House of Delegates Results". Maryland State Board of Elections.  Retrieved on Sept 8, 2007
  8. ^ "House of Delegates Results". Maryland State Board of Elections.  Retrieved on Sept 8, 2007
  9. ^ "House of Delegates Results". Maryland State Board of Elections.  Retrieved on Sept 8, 2007
  10. ^ a b "House of Delegates Results". Maryland State Board of Elections.  Retrieved on Sept 8, 2007

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