Delegate Shane Pendergrass
I remember walking into my daughter's elementary school when she was in first grade and asking why she had taken a test while sitting on the floor. I was told that because of overcrowding at Whiskey Bottom Elementary school (now Laurel Woods Elementary) there was no other place for the first graders to take the test. That was not acceptable to me and thus began my adventure in government and politics.
I began as a community activist fighting for slower growth and more schools to accommodate our children. As a member of the Howard County Council for eight years, I continued to press for these same priorities.
Shane with son Aaron, daughter Cayley, and husband of
31 years, Bill.
When I was first elected, my children Cayley and Aaron were ages 7 and 3. I worked hard to maintain a balance between public service and family responsibilities. They are both adults with their own families, and I am proud of their achievements.
After eight years at the County level, I decided to run for a seat the Maryland House of Delegates where I have now served for 12 years. I served 8 years on the Economic Matters Committee where I was as Vice Chair of the Science and Technology Subcommittee. Because of my committee assignments I have developed an interest and expertise in insurance in general, and health insurance in particular, because it is so important to all our families.
County at Heart
as a Howard County Council Member and then as a Maryland State
Delegate, I have always looked
first to the well-being
of my constituents. I am committed
to environmental protection, both for Howard County and for
the state of Maryland. I have worked to ensure that county
development progressed at a rational and restrained pace,
to provide Howard County with necessary funding for school
and to secure funds to establish an incubator program to
assist new technology businesses in Howard County. In past
I have sponsored bills to help keep Howard County a great
place to live. In 2004, HB
566 placed a 10% cap on increases
Columbia Association assessments. The following year I introduced
522 to enable CA charges to be based upon the most accurate
property assessment, rather than the most expensive.
In 2008 I sponsored HB 872 entitled Health Insurance - Public-Private Health Care Programs which is enabling legislation that will allow the Healthy Howard program to provide a public-private program to provide access to health care for uninsured Howard County residents.
2002 I was assigned to the newly created Health
and Government Operations (HGO) Committee because of
my interest in and
the energy I have focused on healthcare issues. In October of 2007 I was appointed Vice-Chair of the HGO Committee. I have
co-sponsored a number of healthcare bills that guarantee certain
and rights to patients, including the Patients' Bill of
Rights and Fair Share Health Care. In 2001, I sponsored a bill
provide affordable prescription drug coverage to seniors
that was ultimately
rolled into a successful comprehensive leadership health
Currently more than 20,000 senior citizens are benefiting
from this prescription drug plan. In 2002 I introduced
successful legislation that was instrumental in halting a proposed
of CareFirst Blue Cross/Blue Shield to for-profit status
1254). In the 2003 legislative session, I introduced legislation
establishing increased oversight of the CareFirst Board
of Directors (HB
1179). The bill passed unanimously. The next
year, I was
one of nine House members selected to participate in a
looking at the Medical Malpractice Issue. Our work resulted
1299 entitled Medical Malpractice Reforms and Task
Force. In 2006 I successfully sponsored HB 78 which ensures public reporting of Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) by including infection rates in the state mandated “Hospital Report Card.”
I work hard with people across the state, and am considered a leader on health care issues. I am now Vice-Chair of the Health and Government Operations (HGO) Committee, as well as the chair of the Insurance Subcommittee of the HGO Committee. I bring that expertise to my other roles as I serve on the Legislative Policy Committee which supervises and coordinates the standing committees of the General Assembly and the Rules and Executive Nominations Committee. As always, I welcome your input should you have concerns or expertise to share.