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Delegate Dereck Davis discussed the importance of paid sick leave for Marylanders, and possible momentum on the issue in the upcoming legislative session. Listen to the podcast here, or check Our Maryland out on iTunes.

Maryland Clean Energy Jobs Act is law!

Thanks to your legislator, Maryland will get 25,000 wind and solar jobs.

Maryland Gov. Hogan signs bill banning young adults from buying tobacco, nicotine products | The Baltimore Sun

Maryland is moving toward cleaner energy | The Baltimore Sun

The clean energy fight over burning black liquor

Hats off to Dereck Davis of the Maryland House of Delegates. Recently, the Prince George’s County Democrat pointed out that Maryland is making real progress in promoting wind and solar power. More people work in the solar industry today in Maryland than the crab industry. And now, with support from leading environmental groups, the NAACP, and the wind and solar industries themselves, the Maryland General Assembly is poised to double its commitment to carbon-free energy in 2019 with the Maryland Clean Energy Jobs Act. The bill would also end all subsidies to trash incinerators under state energy policy. Too bad The Sun didn’t mention any of this in its article “Pair of studies criticize Maryland renewable energy policy as ‘cleanwashing’ pollution” (July 29).

Delegate Davis, chair of the House Economic Matters Committee, has led the fight for clean energy in Annapolis for over a decade. His goal, like that of every environmental group in the state, is to get to 100 percent pollution-free energy as soon as we can. And that day is coming soon.

Mike Tidwell, Takoma Park

The writer is director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Melony Griffith, Candidate for State Senate, Del. Dereck E. Davis, Del. Darryl Barnes, and Nick Charles, Candidate for House of Delegates, File Candidacy for 2018 Election
Announce formation of a joint campaign effort; collectively to run as “The 25th District Leadership Team”

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Tuesday, September 26, 2017) – Today, Melony Griffith (Democrat-Upper Marlboro), Del. Dereck E. Davis (Democrat-Mitchellville), Del. Darryl Barnes (Democrat-Mitchellville) and Nick Charles (Democrat-Forestville) filed as candidates for the 2018 election, and announced the formation of a joint campaign effort to be called “The 25th District Leadership Team”.

“We will work together to make sure District 25 and Prince George’s County get the resources and services we deserve,” said the candidates in a joint statement.

The team consists of three legislative leaders with proven track records, as Griffith, Davis and Barnes have all served as lawmakers in Annapolis. Nick Charles, the new-comer of the group, has garnered the respect of the team because of his outstanding work ethic, as well as his dedication to the community and his country.

  Melony Griffith is leading the team as a candidate for the Maryland State Senate. She served as a State Delegate representing District 25 in Annapolis for 16 years. During her tenure as Delegate, Melony was a well-respected budget leader on the House Appropriations Committee, where she protected funding for retired teachers, state employees, and law enforcement and correction officers. A four-year Chair of the House Delegation, she demonstrated a keen understanding of how to partner with local and federal leaders to invest in Prince George’s County, securing millions of dollars in funding for projects benefiting schools, non-profits, health care facilities, arts organizations and neighborhoods in the County. Melony has two sons, Lloyd and Cornelius, and worships at Zion Church.
  Del. Dereck E. Davis has been a member of the Maryland House of Delegates since 1995. He is currently the Chairman of the powerful House Economic Matters Committee which has jurisdiction over legislation in the areas of banking, consumer protection, corporations, business regulation, economic development, insurance, unemployment insurance, utility regulation, and workers’ compensation and alcoholic beverages. Chairman Davis has successfully guided legislation through the General Assembly that increased the state’s minimum wage above the federal level, created a living wage for employees of state service contractors, created and expanded the state’s renewable energy program, and passed the state’s paid sick leave law. He has received numerous awards and recognitions for his legislative achievements and community involvement. Dereck and his wife, Monique, have two children, Dereck Jr. and Nyla. They worship at the First Baptist Church of Glenarden.
  Del. Dr. Darryl Barnes has represented the 25th District in the House of Delegates since 2015. A veteran of the US Navy and US Army, Darryl has demonstrated commitment to public service. In the General Assembly, he serves as the Deputy Majority Whip, Vice Chair of the Delegation’s Education Subcommittee, as well as Vice Chairman of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland. As the owner of a small business, he made his way to the Ways and Means Committee where he is a member of Finance Resources, Revenues, and Election Law subcommittees. In addition to his service in Annapolis, Darryl founded Men Aiming Higher, a grassroots, not-for-profit organization that mentors at-risk young men and adults between the ages of 14-29. Darryl and his wife, Makeba, have two sons, Dylan and Drew, and attend the First Baptist Church of Glenarden.
  Nick Charles is running for the House of Delegates. A veteran of the US Air Force, following 9/11, his service garnered him the Air Force Achievement Medal and an Honorable Discharge. A proud native Prince Georgian, Nick has consistently contributed to the community, having served as President of Forest Spring Community Association. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Procurement and Public Contracting from the University of the District of Columbia. Currently he serves as a Senior Acquisition Program Task Lead providing acquisition and program management oversight for US Navy projects. Nick is also a small business owner, serving as the President and CEO of Charles Management Consulting Group. He worships at Freedom Way Missionary Baptist Church of Capital Heights, serving as a member of the Men’s Ministry.


Dereck Davis on Comcast Newsmakers

Check out my interview with Comcast Newsmakers below where I talk about paid sick leave and a retirement security bill that came before my committee.

Dereck DavisThe survival of the American Dream depends on our willingness to work together.

It depends on putting partisan bickering aside and finding practical, common sense solutions to the critical challenges facing our State and Country.

I agree it’s time for more effective leadership in Maryland. It has been an honor and privilege to serve in the Maryland General Assembly for over 20 years. As Chairman of the Maryland House Economic Matters Committee, I have fought for middle class and working families, creating green jobs, expanding healthcare coverage for Marylanders, and helping businesses thrive and grow.

This site is designed to provide the residents of Maryland’s 25th House District and other visitors of Prince George’s County with up-to-date information about what I’m working on in the Maryland House of Delegates. You can view recent news articles, press releases, and links to legislative information. I am very proud to represent you in the Maryland House of Delegates. My door is always open.

— Dereck Davis