Delegate Adrienne A. Jones has been a member of the Maryland General Assembly since 1997, representing the 10th Legislative District of Baltimore County. On January 13, 2016 she was once again unanimously elected by the full House of Delegates to serve as Speaker Pro Tem. This is the fourteenth time she has been selected to serve in this position. Currently, there are six women in the country who serve as Speaker Pro Tem, and she is the only African American. Delegate Jones also holds the distinction of being the first African American woman to serve as Speaker Pro Tem in the Maryland House of Delegates.
Delegate Jones serves on the House Appropriations Committee and is Chair of the Education and Economic Development and Capital Budget Subcommittees. She is also House Chair of the Joint Committee on Fair Practices and Personnel Oversight and she serves on the Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics.
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Speaker Pro Tem Jones currently serves as a member of several business and civic organizations, which include the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) Public Policy External Advisory Board, Kennedy Krieger Institute, Council of State Government Eastern Regional Conference, Education Commission of States, “We Are Family” Community Development Corporation, , The Maryland Food Bank, the National Organization of Black Legislative Women (NOBEL), and the Harbor City Chapter, Links, Incorporated.
In May of 2007, she was named for the third time as one of the “Top 100 Women in Maryland” by the Daily Record, and inducted into the Circle of Excellence for Sustained Achievement. More recently she received, the 2014 University of Baltimore President’s Award, the 2015 Affordable Housing Leadership Award, she was a 2016 Girl Scouts of Central Maryland Distinguished Women Honoree, and she’s a member of Governing Magazine’s Women in Government Leadership Class of 2016. Delegate Jones has been recognized for her significant contributions to the community by seven Baltimore County Executives, the Maryland General Assembly, and multiple members of Congress.
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As the first Executive Director of the Baltimore County Office of Fair Practices and Community Affairs, she faithfully served the citizens of the County for over 35 years. She served as Deputy Director of the Baltimore County Office of Human Resources until her retirement from service in Baltimore County Government on June 30, 2014. She is the Founder of the Annual Baltimore County African American Cultural Festival, now in its 20th year.
Speaker Pro Tem Jones was born in Cowdensville, Maryland. She attended Baltimore County Public Schools and received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) in 1976. In 2008, she received an Honorary Doctor of Law Degree from Goucher College in Towson, Maryland.