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About United Seniors of Maryland (USM)


 

 

USM Legislative Wrap Up Meeting May,19

 

 

Michael Erin Busch,Speaker of the House of Delegates

 

Democrat, District 30, Anne Arundel County 

 

Member of House of Delegates since January 14, 1987. House Speaker since January 8, 2003. Co-Chair, Legislative Policy Committee, 2003- (member, 1994-). Member, Rules and Executive Nominations Committee, 1994-; Spending Affordability Committee, 2003-. Member, Judiciary Committee, 1987-91. Deputy Majority Whip, 1993. Chair, Economic Matters Committee, 1994-2003 (member, 1991-2003; home inspection industry subcommittee, 1991). Co-Chair, Joint Committee on State Economic Development Initiatives, 1995-96. House Chair, Joint Committee on Health Care Delivery and Financing, 1995-98. Member, Special Joint Committee on Competitive Taxation and Economic Development, 1996-97. House Chair, Joint Committee on the Port of Baltimore, 2000-03. Chair, Speaker's Advisory Committee on Legislative Redistricting, 2001-02. Member, Joint Committee on the Selection of the State Treasurer, 2002. Chair, Anne Arundel County Delegation, 1992-93 (member, capital projects subcommittee, 2005).

 

Senator Delores G. Kelley

 

Democrat, District 10 Baltimore County 

 

First elected to the House of Delegates 1990. Member of House of Delegates 1991 - 1995. Elected to  Senate 1994.  Member of senate since 1995. Member Finance Committee (1998- ), Health Subcommittee (2003 - ). Chair Executive Nominations Committee (2007 - ) Senate Vice Chair, Joint Committee on Health Care Delivery and Financing (2001 - ) Joint Committee on Unemployment Insurance Oversight (2007 - )  Senator is a leading authority and advocate on health and seniors issue. She holds a B.A. in philosophy from Virginia State College; an M.A. in Education from New York University; and a M.A in  communications from Purdue University; and a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Maryland  College Park.

 

 

Tammy Bresnahan, AARP Associate State Director, Advocacy

 

Previous to her current position, Tammy was the Director of Policy at the Maryland Department of Human Resources for many decades. 

 

 

Doug Newton, NARFE and USM Board member

 

 

 

Dan McGrath, CGFM Retired President, MD Chapter of NARFE

 

 

He entered the Federal Government in 1960 as a summer employee of the Department of Labor and retired in 2002 from the US Treasury Department. During his 38 years  with Treasury, he held many different positions. They included Assistant Chief Disbursing Officer for Financial Services, Senior Advisor for Cash Management ,Deputy Assistant Commissioner Banking and Cash Management, Director Budget, And Chief Operating officer FITEC. While in school, he worked several years for Safeway. Prior to his employment with the Treasury, he was Chief Accountant for the National Association of Educational Broadcasters.   

 

He is currently a member of the Ocean City Power Squadron, the Ocean Pines Boat Club, and the Ocean Pines Anglers Club. He served on the OPA Marine Advisory Committee.

 

Since May 1, 2013 to the present, he has been President of the MD Federation of NARFE Chapters. From November 2012 to April 2013 he was the first Vice President Legislative Director of the NARFE.

 


United Seniors of Maryland is a consortium of organizations and individuals that advocate to preserve and enhance the mental, physical, and financial well being of Maryland Seniors.

United Seniors of Maryland (USM) was started over thirty years ago when several local senior leaders from across the State met to discuss serious problems confronting Maryland seniors.  They came from diverse backgrounds, National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE), AARP, UAW-AFL/CIO, Maryland Retired School Personnel Association, and several local Commissions on Aging.

That gathering led to several bills being introduced in the General Assembly.  One was the Homestead Protection Act which became known as the "Circuit Breaker."  Today that bill is still a safety switch against escalating property taxes for homeowners with limited income.

The group became a non-profit organization called United Seniors of Maryland.  Those initial successes set the precedent that USM has continued to follow by playing an effective and important role as an advocate for Maryland seniors.  Now, USM is not only an active advocate on legislation, it is also a key player on State Boards, Commissions, and Task Forces concerned with senior issues.

Today, more than ever, USM has a vital role to play in ensuring the well being of Maryland seniors.  The senior population is growing, almost exponentially.  Already, the total number of Maryland seniors exceeds the total number of students enrolled in public schools.

This is happening while the State's revenues are shrinking!  And, because of shrinking revenues, available funding to support those seniors who need assistance is shrinking.

There are many groups in the State that have an interest in senior issues.  Working alone, each can only do so much; working together, we can do much more.  The Organizational and Individual Members that make up United Seniors of Maryland are poised to play an even more vital role as the premier Maryland consortium of advocates for seniors.

Taken together, the member organizations reach out to more than 2.5 million Marylanders.  Member organizations include State and local governments, non-profits, associations, area agencies on aging, unions, provider groups interested in the welfare of seniors, retirement communities, and other consumer groups.  They, along with hundreds of individual members, can, and will, affect the well being of Maryland seniors.

USM is vibrant and growing.   We invite you to join with us in making Maryland the best place in the Country for seniors.
 

 

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