The Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland (LBCMD) named Delegate Jheanelle Wilkins as chair. LBCMD is the largest legislative Black caucus in the nation and stands to increase to 64 members in 2023.
“With new and historic leadership across the state and at every level, the opportunity to make a distinguishable impact on our state and transform the lives of Black Marylanders has never been greater. I’m honored to lead the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland as we work together to move our state forward,” said Chair Wilkins.
According to a press release:
Chair Wilkins has served in the House of Delegates for six years, representing District 20 in Montgomery County. She serves on the Speaker’s leadership team as the House Parliamentarian and has played a key role in expanding voting rights in the state as Chair of the Election Law Subcommittee – including leading mail-in ballot expansion and legislation to increase early voting sites.
Chairwoman Wilkins has played several lead roles in the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland Executive Committee, including as 1st Vice Chair and Parliamentarian. She also led the Caucus’s 2020 census and redistricting efforts as the Chair of the Redistricting Committee from 2020-2021.
Delegate Darryl Barnes announced his intent to resign from the Chairman position in September 2022, effective December 5, 2022. Members will vote for the full executive committee leadership team in early January 2023.