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[photo, Jamel R. (Mel) Franklin, County Council, Prince George's County, Maryland] JAMEL R. (MEL) FRANKLIN, Chair, County Council (Democrat)

Chair, County Council, Prince George's County, since December 3, 2013 (member, representing District 9, since Dec. 6, 2010). Vice-Chair, Public Safety and Fiscal Management Committee, 2011-12, 2013-14. Chair, Planning, Zoning and Economic Development Committee, 2012-14. Member, Rules and General Assembly Committee, 2012-. Vice-Chair, Health, Education and Human Services Committee, 2013- (member, 2011-).

Attorney, U.S. Federal Trade Commission, 2001-05. Member, Human Relations Commission, Prince George's County, 2005-07. Board of Community College Trustees, Prince George's Community College, 2008-10. Assistant attorney general, Maryland Health Care Commission, 2008-10. Member, Board of Health, Prince George’s County, 2010-; Commission to Study Campaign Finance Law, 2011-13. Board of Directors, Economic Development Corporation, Prince George's County, 2012. Member, Human Services and Public Safety Policy Committee, 2012-, National Capital Region Emergency Preparedness Council, 2012-, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. Member, Task Force to Study Locating Businesses in Libraries in Prince George's County, 2013-14. Board of Directors, Economic Development Corporation, Prince George's County, 2014-.

Born in Cheraw, South Carolina, November 30, 1975. University of South Carolina, B.A. (political science), 1998; Duke University School of Law, J.D., 2001. Admitted to Maryland Bar, 2001. Attorney. Associate, Sonnenschein, Nath, & Rosenthal, LLP, 2006-08. Member, Prince George's County Democratic Central Committee, 2005-10. President & founder, Greater Marlboro Democratic Club, 2005-. Member, Maryland for Obama Steering Committee, 2008. Board of Directors, Indian Head Highway Area Action Council, 2009-10. Member, U.S. Census Complete Count Committee, Prince George's County, 2009-10. Member, Maryland County Officials Diversity Caucus, 2015- (chair, legislative affairs committee, 2015-), Maryland Association of Counties. Past member, Executive Board, Young Democrats of Maryland. Past board member, Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Prince George's County Chapter. Member, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Prince George's County Chapter; Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Young Democrat of the Year, Prince George's County Young Democracts, 2006. Forty Under 40, Prince George's County Social Innovation Fund, 2013. Married.

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