Tawanna P. Gaines

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Tawanna P. Gaines
Tawanna P. Gaines (2007).jpg
Member of the Maryland House of Delegates
from the 22nd district
Assumed office
December 21, 2001
Preceded by Richard Palumbo (D)
Constituency Prince George's County
Personal details
Born (1952-02-01) February 1, 1952 (age 65)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Political party Democratic
Children Anitra and Roger
Residence Berwyn Heights, Maryland
Occupation college coordinator
Religion Christian
Council member, Town of Berwyn Heights, 1998-2000. Mayor, Town of Berwyn Heights, 2000-01

Tawanna Phyllis Gaines (born February 1, 1952) is an American politician who represents district 22 in the Maryland House of Delegates.


Gaines was born in Washington, DC, on February 1, 1952. She attended District of Columbia Teachers College, 1970-72.

In the legislature[edit]

Gaines has been a member of House of Delegates since December 21, 2001 when she was appointed by Governor Parris Glendening to fill the vacancy of Richard Palumbo who himself been appointed judge to the District Court of Maryland for Prince George's County. She was appointed by the Speaker to be Deputy Majority Whip in 2003 and currently serves in that capacity. She serves on the House Appropriations Committee and is the Chairwoman of the Appropriations Sub Committee on Transportation and the Environment, in addition to the capital budget subcommittees. She is also a member of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland.

Legislative notes[edit]

  • voted for the Clean Indoor Air Act of 2007 (HB359)[1]
  • voted against slots in 2005 (HB1361)[2]
  • voted for the Tax Reform Act of 2007(HB2)[3]