[photo, State Delegate Talmadge Branch] TALMADGE BRANCH, Democrat, District 45, Baltimore City.

Member of House of Delegates since 1995. Deputy Majority Whip, 1999-. Member, Appropriations Committee, 1995- (oversight committee on personnel, 1995-99; health & human resources subcommittee, 1995-; capital budget subcommittee, 1998-; vice-chair, oversight committee on pensions, 1999-); Joint Committee on Welfare Reform, 1996-; Joint Committee on Children, Youth, and Families, 1999-; Special Joint Committee on Pensions, 2000-; Task Force to Study the State's Retiree Health Insurance Liabilities, 2002-. Member, Special Committee on School Enrollment Management, 1996-97. Chair, Maryland Legislative Black Caucus, 2000-02 (member, economic development committee, 2000, ethics committee, 2000).

Special assistant to U.S. Representative Parren J. Mitchell, 7th Congressional District, 1984-87. Baltimore City Mayor's representative to Cecil Kirk Community, 1992-93. Member, Partnership Policy Council on Block Grants, 1996-98; Judith P. Hoyer Blue Ribbon Commission on Early Child Care and Education, 2000-01; State Interagency Coordinating Committee (for Infants & Toddlers Program), 2000-. Born in North Hampton County, North Carolina, January 30, 1956. Attended Northern High School, Baltimore; Essex Community College, A.A., 1978; Salisbury State College, B.A. (liberal studies), 1980. Delegate, Democratic Party National Convention, 2000. Member, America's Fund; National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Awards received from: Baltimore City Council, 1981; President, Baltimore City Council, 1985; State Senate, 1985; Maryland State Conference, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Mayor's Citation, Baltimore City. Named Young Democrat of the Year, Young Democrats of Maryland, 1985. Three children.

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