[photo, State Delegate Obie Patterson] OBIE PATTERSON, Democrat, District 26, Prince George's County.

Member of House of Delegates since 1995. Member, Ways and Means Committee, 1999- (education subcommittee, 1999-2000; tax & revenue subcommittee, 2001-); Joint Committee on Protocol, 1999-. Member, Commerce and Government Matters Committee, 1995-98 (vice-chair, transportation subcommittee); Special Committee on Rail Mergers, 1997. Chair, Maryland Legislative Black Caucus, 2002- (member, 1995-; treasurer, 1998-2002; chair, education committee, 2000). Chair, County Affairs Committee, Prince George's County Delegation, 1999-.

Member, Housing Commission, Gainesville, Florida, 1970. Member, U.S. 301 South Corridor Transportation Study Task Force, 1994-96; Task Force on Personal Care, 1996-97; Task Force on Multiracial Designations, 1997. Co-Chair, Task Force on the Prince George's County Transfer Tax Rate, 2000-01. Member, Metropolitan Development Policy Committee of Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, 2000-. Born in Lancaster, South Carolina, March 2, 1938. Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte, North Carolina, B.S. (biology), 1965; University of Florida, M.A. (public administration), 1971. Board of Directors, Big Brothers and Big Sisters Organization, 1980-84. President, Apple Grove-Squire Woods Civic Association, 1993-94. Polemarch, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., 1993-94. Board of Trustees, Johnson C. Smith University, 1994-. Life member, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Member, Pi Sigma National Honor Society; Roscoe C. Cartwright Prince Hall Masons, Lodge #129. Board of Directors, Prince George's Volunteer Action Center. Award, United Negro College Fund. Benjamin Franklin Award, 60-Plus Association, 1999. Award for Outstanding Service in Politics, Prince George's County Educators' Association, 1999. Two children.

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