While raising a family as your neighbor in Berwyn Heights, I’ve learned about the issues that matter most to our community, and while working as your delegate, I have been committed to helping District 22 and all Marylanders.

As the chair of the Transportation and Environment Subcommittee, I understand that every minute spent commuting translates directly to time away from our families. That’s why I have been a leader in our efforts to bring the Purple Line to Prince George’s County and to ensure road improvement projects come in on time and on budget.

I have fought to fully fund K-12 education, including expanding pre-kindergarten programs here in our neighborhoods. I am excited for my grandson, who is entering the Spanish immersion program at Caesar Chavez Elementary. This is a new program in the Prince George’s County Public Schools system. We are making a lot of progress in Prince George’s County, but we still have a lot of work ahead of us. I will continue fighting to ensure that our teachers, parents, and students have the tools and resources they need to succeed.

Keeping you and your family safe is a job I take seriously. I have helped pass legislation to crack down on sex offenders in Maryland, to target destructive drivers, to curb gang violence in schools, and to identify students who need extra attention during tough times. Together, we can build upon this momentum and continue to positively transform our neighborhoods, our district, and our state.

It has been my pleasure to serve the people of the 22nd District, and as always, please let me know how I can be of assistance to you can your family.

After many years of volunteer work within the community, Delegate Tawanna Gaines made history in Berwyn Heights by becoming the first African American elected to town council and again by becoming the first female elected Mayor. Governor Parris Glendening appointed Tawanna to the Maryland House of Delegates in 2001 to replace Delegate Palumbo. She was elected to a four-year term in 2002.

Current Assignments:
2015- Vice Chair, Appropriations Committee (Member, 2003)
2007- Chair, Transportation and the Environment Subcommittee of the Appropriations Committee
2003- Oversight Committee on Personnel of the Appropriations Committee
2004- Capital Budget Subcommittee of the Appropriations Committee
2016- House Rules and Executive Nominations Committee
2015- Spending Affordability Committee
2015- Joint Subcommittee on Program Open Space and Agricultural Land Preservation
2011- Joint Committee on Children, Youth, and Families
2005- Maryland Veterans Caucus
2001- Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland, Inc.
2001- Women Legislators of Maryland

2016- President's Award, Women in Government Service (WINGS)
2015- The Casper R. Taylor, Jr. Founder's Award
2013, 2012- Legislative Champion Award, The Governor's Maryland State Park Advisory Commision
2011- Legislative Recognition Award, Maryland Association of Counties
2011, 2010- Municipal Super Star, Maryland Municipal League
2010- Legislative Leadership Award, Maryland Clean Energy Center
2009- Distinguished Legislator Award, Maryland Municipal League
2009- Donna Judge Legacy Award, Maryland Legislative Sportsmen's Foundation
2008- Civic Engagement Award, Dr. Martin Luter King Jr. Foundation of Prince George's County
2008- Legislator of the Year, NAACP Maryland State Conference of Branches Youth and College Division
2008- Outstanding Legislator Award, Maryland Black Mayors
2008, 2007- Certificate of Appreciation, Maryland Municipal League
2007- Legislator of the Year, Maryland Association of Youth Services Bureaus
2006- Legislator of the Year, Health Facilities Association of Maryland
2006- Outstanding Legislative Leadership Award, The Arc of Maryland
2005, 2006- Outstanding Leadership Award, MACS for Persons with Developmental Disabilities
2005- Champion for Children Award, Citizen's Review Board for Children
2002- Presidential Pioneer's Award, Maryland Black Mayors Inc.
2001- Volunteer of the Year/Community Level, Prince George's County Federation of Parks and Recreation Councils
1998- Woman of the Year, Berwyn Heights Boys and Girls Club
(410) 841-3058
(301) 858-3058
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3058
(301) 858-3850
Annapolis Office:
Lowe House Office Building, Room 121
6 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401 - 1991

By Authority: Friends of Tawanna P. Gaines, Anitra Edmond, Treasurer