Proven Leadership & a Strong Voice for the People

About Geraldine

 

Geraldine was elected to the Maryland House of Delegates in 2010 where she currently represents District 23A and serves on the Appropriations Committee; Subcommittee on Health and Human Resources and the Oversight Committee on Personnel.  She is a strong advocate for Prince George’s County at the state level, a tireless supporter of laws to tighten our laws against drunk and drugged driving, a vigorous voice for women, children and the poor on many justice and funding issues, and a very strong proponent of justice reinvestment issues to ease the financial and emotional stresses on both families and the state.

 

Geraldine, a lifelong Prince George’s County resident, lives with her husband, P.J., and their three children. She attended Catholic University receiving her Bachelors in Nursing, worked in Pediatrics at the National Institutes of Health and eventually returned to Catholic to earn a Juris Doctor from the University’s Columbus School of Law. Combining her experience as a nurse and lawyer, she worked in the health law and legislative field in Baltimore and Annapolis garnering advocacy experience before the Maryland General Assembly and state regulatory authorities. While raising her family, she gained extensive experience with community and advocacy groups in Bowie and the County. In 2007, she was elected to the at-large seat on the Bowie City Council and re-elected in 2009. During that tenure, she served as the Council Liaison to the Education and Diversity Committee; the Prince George’s Municipal Association (PGCMA); the Metropolitan Council on Government (COG); and served as a co-chair of the Children’s National Medical Center Committee on Advocacy and Public Policy.

 

View the issues on which Geraldine is currently working here.

Learn more about Geraldine's legislative accomplishments here.

 

Public Service

Maryland House of Delegates

2011 – present  Maryland House of Delegates; House Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Health and Human Resources, Oversight Committee on Personnel

2014 – present Deputy Minority Whip

2014 – Present First Vice-Chair Prince George’s Delegation

2015 – Present   House Chair, Joint Committee on Children, Youth and Families

2015 – Speaker appointed Member Justice Reinvestment Coordinating Council

2015 – Speaker appointed Member of Death with Dignity Work Group

2014 – Member of the House Committee on the Judiciary (2011-2015); Chair, Subcommittee on Family Law; Law Enforcement and State Appointed Boards Committee, Prince George's County Delegation

2012 – 2014 Task Force on Military Service Members, Veterans and the Courts

2011 – 2012  Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Committee, Prince George's County Delegation

2011 – Juvenile Grant Planning and Review Council

 

2009 – 2010   Climate, Energy and Environment Policy Committee, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments

 

2008 – 2010    Metropolitan Development Policy Committee, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments

 

2007 – 2010    Bowie City Council, Member At Large

 

Biographical Information

Born, Brooklyn, New York

Attended Bowie High School, 1982

Catholic University, B.S., Nursing, 1987

Catholic University Columbia School of Law, J.D., 1992

Former Clinical Nurse, National Institutes of Health

Attorney, Member of the Maryland Bar

Member, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Bowie, MD

Married, Three children

 

Awards

Maryland State Medical Society 2016 Legislative Award

Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility Outstanding Commitment and Leadership in the Fight Against Drunk Driving and Underage Drinking 2016

Maryland Nurses Association Service Award 2015

Washington Regional Alcohol Program’s WRAPPY Award for Public Service 2014

Outstanding Friend of Maryland Municipal League 2014

Maryland State’s Attorneys’ Association Legislation of the Year 2014

Maryland Municipal League Certificate of Appreciation 2013

Maryland Nurse’s Association, Legislator of the Year Award 2012

Martin Luther King Commemorative Award 2012

Department of Maryland Disabled American Veterans Outstanding Freshman Legislator 2011

Endorsements

2014 WRAPPY Award for Public Service

 

Delegate Valentino-Smith has been a true force for public safety in the Maryland General Assembly. Her hard work and continued sponsorship of stricter drunk driving laws has made her an invaluable ally in our efforts to keep drunk drivers off the roads. Delegate Geraldine Valentino-Smith will receive the Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP)2014 WRAPPY Award for Public Service and this award is a result of Delegate Valentino-Smith’s efforts in support of WRAP’s public safety mission during the 2013-2014 fiscal year.

Kurt Gregory Erickson, President and CEO of WRAP

2014 Maryland State’s Attorneys’ Association Legislator of the Year

 

Geraldine Valentino-Smith has earned the right to be our Legislator of the Year. Without her work, our bills would not pass.

Steven Kroll, Executive Director of the Maryland State’s Attorneys’ Association

 

View the full press release here.

Maryland State Medical Society 2016 Legislative Award

Maryland Nurse's Association, Legislator of the Year Award 2012

2012 MLK Commemoration Award

Department of Maryland Disabled

American Veterans proudly salutes

Delegate Geraldine Valentino-Smith

Outstanding Freshman Legislator 2011

Authority: Friends of Geraldine Valentino-Smith, Elizabeth Ryan, Treasurer

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