About Delegate Adrienne Jones
Del. Adrienne Jones 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 11th, 2012 she was once again unanimously elected for the tenth time as Speaker Pro Tem by the full House of Delegates. Currently, there are seven women who serve as Speaker Pro Tem in the Country, and she is the only African American woman and the first to serve in the position in Maryland’s history.
She presently serves on the House Appropriations Committee and is Chair of the Capital Budget Subcommittee and House Chair of the Joint Committee on Fair Practices and Personnel Oversight. She also serves on the Health and Human Resources Subcommittee, Spending Affordability Committee, Legislative Policy Committee and is Co-Chair of the Joint Legislative Work Group to Study State, County and Municipal Fiscal Relationships.
Speaker Pro Tem Jones currently serves as a member of several business and civic organizations which include the UMBC Public Policy External Advisory Board, Education Commission of the States, “We are Family” Community Development Corporation, Maryland Citizens for the Arts, The Maryland Food Bank, The Governor’s Commission on Small Business and the National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women.
In May of 2007, she was for a third time named as one of the “Top 100 Women in Maryland” by the Daily Record and inducted into the Circle of Excellence for Sustained Achievement. In addition, she received in March, 2010 both the Harriett Ross Tubman Lifetime Achievement Award and the Living Women History Maker’s Community Award. She has been recognized for her significant contributions to the Community on the County, State and Federal levels including six Baltimore County Executives, the Maryland General Assembly and several Members of Congress.
As the first Executive Director of the Baltimore County Office of Fair Practices and Community Affairs, she has served the citizens of the County for over 35 years. She presently serves as Deputy Director of the Baltimore County Office of Human Resources. During her civil service career, she has worked with the diverse population of the County with dedication and sensitivity, making her presence felt by individual citizens, business owners, religious leaders and elected officials. She is the Founder of the Annual Baltimore County African American Cultural Festival, now in its 15th year.
Speaker Pro Tem Jones was born in Cowdensville, Maryland, a historic African American community located near Arbutus, in Southwest Baltimore County. 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. She attended The National Security Seminar, U.S. Army War College in 2007. She received an Honorary Doctor of Law Degree from Goucher College in 2008. She has two adult sons, one daughter-in-law and one grandson and resides in Woodstock, Maryland.