Next on "Empower Hour" on WOLB 1010 AM: Gloria Lawlah, Secretary, Maryland Department of Aging (5.1.12)
Tuesday - 10 to 11 am - "Empower Hour" to feature Gloria Lawlah
Governor Martin O’Malley appointed Gloria Lawlah as Secretary of the Maryland Department of Aging effective February 20, 2007.
Secretary Lawlah served as a member of the Maryland House of Delegates from January 1987 until January 1991, representing District 26 in Prince George’s County. Since January 1991, she served as a State Senator, where she was Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on the Management of Public Funds, Chair of the Prince George’s County Delegation, Chair of the Health and Human Services Subcommittee and the Health, Education and Human Resources Subcommittee, a member of the Budget and Taxation, Capital Budget and Joint Audit Committee, and was appointed to the Maryland Commission on Aging in 2002.
Born in Newberry, South Carolina, Secretary Lawlah received her B.S. from Hampton University and her M.A. from Trinity College. She was a teacher and Administrator for the District of Columbia public schools from 1965 until 1995. Since 1995, in addition to serving in the Maryland Legislature, Secretary Lawlah was the Federal Liaison for the Office of External Relations at Bowie State University.
Secretary Lawlah was inducted into the Prince George’s County Women’s Hall of Fame in 1991. She has received numerous honors, including the Edgemeade Honor for Outstanding Service to Maryland Youth and Families in 1999, the Citizen of the Year Award from Prince George’s County Board of Trade in 2000 and the Champion Against Oral Cancer from the University of Maryland Medical System in 2001. In 2003, she received the Humanitarian Award from the University of Maryland Dental School, and in 2004, was named one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women by the Daily Record.
Secretary Lawlah is married and has three children and six grandchildren.