ABOUT the DELEGATE
Hi, I'm Rachel
WHERE I COME FROM
I'm a Southern Maryland native. My family has been in Calvert County for generations, we are part of it's fabric. With deep, strong family
roots and Christian values, I was raised to treat others with compassion, dignity, and respect. The fourth of five children, I learned early on the importance of faith, family, teamwork, and mutual respect. My childhood was spent in church, gravel pits and woods, Mom and Pop stores, backyards, the corn field and creeks; surrounded by a large, loving extended family.
A THRIVING CAREER
I attended Calvert High School and upon graduation in 2002 went on to pursue my higher education at the illustrious Morgan State
University, one of Maryland's four Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). I received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in
2007. My career in public service began during my senior year internship for former President Pro Tem, Senator Nathaniel McFadden of the 45th legislative district (Baltimore City). Mac always had a good story to tell, wisdom to impart, and a lesson to teach. I learned the value of taking care of your constituents, pursuing legislation passionately while working with advocates across the State.
From there I went on to serve under two of Maryland's finest representatives U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski and U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, both stalwarts in Maryland politics. From them, I learned that constituent services is key, serving the people that you represent and doing your best to ensure their voices are heard is the minimum. I examined community issues with a macro lens, injecting perspectives from a macro level of what worked in other communities across the State that could work in Southern Maryland or Prince George's. I worked with community stakeholders to address community needs and seek federal resources. I collaborated with the Southern MD and Prince George's Delegations to advocate for funding for our region, including my own Senator, the late, great Senator Thomas V. "Mike" Miller. My knowledge of federal policy and of the issues of greatest importance to District 27B prepared me to serve as its Delegate. I'm honored to do so.
I'm actively engaged in the community and across
Service is nothing new to me. Prior to my appointment to the House of Delegates I was active and engaged in my church Youth Ministry as well as several community organizations. I currently serve across the region and the State in the following positions:
Member, House Judiciary Committee
Secretary, Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland
Member, Prince George's County House Delegation
Vice Chair, Southern Maryland Delegation
Member, Arc of Prince George's County
Member, Prince George's County Re-entry Advisory Board
Vice President of the Board of Directors, Farming 4 Hunger
Parliamentarian, Concerned Black Women of Calvert County
Parliamentarian, NAACP Calvert County Branch #7011
Secretary, Morgan State University Baltimore Metro Women's Business Center Advisory Board
Member, Calvert Library Board of Trustees
Chair, Missions Ministry, Church of God
Delegate Representative, Governor's Advisory Commission on Maryland Wine and Grape Growing
Delegate Representative, Southern MD Agricultural Development Commission Board of Directors
Chair, Regional Infrastructure Advisory Committee, Tri-County Council for Southern MD
the greatest title
My most important title will always be "Mom." My sons Aaron and Benjamin are my priority. They are the reason I'll be fighting so passionately for a better future for Marylanders and for educational resources for children with learning disabilities, like my son who is on the Autism spectrum.
Advocacy, Experience, Integrity
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." -Declaration of Independence
I will fight to ensure that in Maryland, we live up to that statement. That we honor the God given rights that each of us was born with. I commit to pursue the rights guaranteed to us by the U.S. Constitution. It is my desire to uplift the forgotten, provide for those in need, and fight to ensure equality for the residents of District 27B and all Marylanders. Regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, age, or socioeconomic status, etc. I'll be there.
I'll continue fighting to protect voting rights, worker's rights, access to quality education, housing affordability, clean waterways, preservation of our natural resources. An advocate for special needs students, I'll continue to fight for expanded services and resources in the region for students and their families. Seniors, federal and military retirees have earned benefits that I'll strive to protect here in Maryland. I'll keep supporting our small businesses, veterans, and the agricultural community. Public safety is paramount, but so is trust between the community and those who protect and serve it. I'll continue to support our law enforcement while standing up against misconduct from those who dishonor the profession. Safe, healthy communities are my goal.