Tony O'Donnell (politician)

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Anthony J. O'Donnell
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Minority Leader of the Maryland House of Delegates
In office
2007 May 1, 2013
Preceded by George C. Edwards
Succeeded by Nic Kipke
Member of the MarylandHouseofDelegates
from the 29C district
In office
January 11, 1995 July 31, 2016
Succeeded by Gerald W. Clark
Personal details
Born (1961-03-07) March 7, 1961 (age 58)
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Political party Republican

Tony O'Donnell (born March 7, 1961) is an American politician, who represented District 29C in the Maryland House of Delegates. In 2016, Governer Larry Hogan appointed him to the Maryland Public Service Commission. [1]

Maryland House of Delegates District 29C is a seat in the lower house of the state's bicameral legislature. It represents Calvert and St. Mary's counties and as of June 2018 is held by Republican Jerry Clark.

Larry Hogan American politician

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The Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) is an independent administrative agency within the state government which regulates public utilities and certain taxi cab and other passenger services in Maryland. Similar to other state Public Utilities Commissions, the Maryland PSC regulates and sets tariff rates for natural gas, electricity distribution, local telephone, water, and sewage disposal companies. The PSC also sets the tariff rates for pilot services for vessels and privately owned toll bridges, approves the construction of electric generating plants and overhead transmission lines with a voltage above 69 kV, and licenses retail natural gas and electricity suppliers. The PSC offices are located in Baltimore in the William Donald Schaefer Building.

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Early life, education, and early career

O'Donnell attended Middletown Area High School in Middletown, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Naval Nuclear Propulsion School in 1980. He received his B.S. from Regents College (now known as Excelsior College), University of the State of New York in 1985.

Middletown Area School District Public school in Middletown, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, United States

Middletown Area School District, is a small, suburban, public school district located in Middletown, Pennsylvania serving students in a portion of southern Dauphin County. The district includes the boroughs of Middletown and Royalton and Lower Swatara Township in Dauphin County. Middletown Area School District encompasses approximately 17 square miles (44 km2). According to 2000 federal census data, it served a resident population of 18,355. By 2010, the district's population declined to 18,084 people. The educational attainment levels for the Middletown Area School District population were 79.2% high school graduates and 13.2% college graduates. The district is one of twelve public school districts operating in Dauphin County and one of the 500 public school districts of Pennsylvania.

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Middletown is a borough in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, United States, on the Susquehanna River, 10 miles (16 km) southeast of Harrisburg. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 8,901. It is part of the Harrisburg–Carlisle Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Excelsior College Private, online university in the United States

Excelsior College is a private college in Albany, New York. The college offers undergraduate and graduate degrees and comprises three schools: the School of Undergraduate Studies, the School of Graduate Studies and the School of Nursing. It serves mostly non-traditional, adult working students who live across the country and internationally through their online programs.

O'Donnell served in United States Navy, achieving a rank of E-6, from 1979-87. After the Navy, he was a supervisor for the Instrument Modifications Unit at Baltimore Gas & Electric's Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant. He received the Edward T. Hall Memorial Award for Outstanding Republican Man of the Year – Calvert County, Calvert County Republican Central Committee in 1993. In 2005, he received the Outstanding Employer Partner award from the Maryland Chamber of Commerce.

United States Navy Naval warfare branch of US Armed Forces

The United States Navy (USN) is the naval warfare service branch of the United States Armed Forces and one of the seven uniformed services of the United States. It is the largest and most capable navy in the world and it has been estimated that in terms of tonnage of its active battle fleet alone, it is larger than the next 13 navies combined, which includes 11 U.S. allies or partner nations. It has the highest combined battle fleet tonnage and the world's largest aircraft carrier fleet, with eleven in service, and two new carriers under construction. With 336,978 personnel on active duty and 101,583 in the Ready Reserve, the U.S. Navy is the third largest of the U.S. military service branches in terms of personnel. It has 290 deployable combat vessels and more than 3,700 operational aircraft as of June 2019, making it the third-largest air force in the world, after the United States Air Force and the United States Army.

Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant

The Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant (CCNPP) is a nuclear power plant located on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay near Lusby, Calvert County, Maryland in the Mid-Atlantic United States. It is the only nuclear power plant in the state of Maryland.

Maryland House of Delegates

Elections

O'Donnell was first elected in 1995 into the Maryland House of Delegates for District 29C, which covers parts of Calvert and St. Mary's Counties. He defeated Thomas Michael Pelagatti by 32 votes. [2] He was re-elected in 1998 (59%), [3] 2002 (52%), [4] 2006 (60%), [5] and 2010 (57%). [6]

Tenure

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O'Donnell being interviewed during 2007 extraordinary session of the Maryland General Assembly

O'Donnell was Minority Whip in the Maryland House of Delegates from 2003 to 2006, and served as Minority Leader until 2013. [7] In 2010, he was named one of the "Most Influential Maryland Legislators" (Top 20). [8]

Voting Record

Committee assignments [9]

Caucus memberships

2012 congressional election

In November 2011, O'Donnell announced his intention to run for the United States Congress representing Maryland's 5th congressional district currently held by Democratic incumbent Steny Hoyer. The 5th district spans from Anne Arundel, Calvert, Prince George's and Saint Mary's Counties.

Personal life

Tony O'Donnell and his wife, Lori, have three children and two grandchildren. [11]

Electoral history

Voters to choose one:
NameVotesPercentOutcome
Anthony J. O'Donnell, Rep.7,739  60.3%   Won
Norma Powers, Dem.5,091  39.6%   Lost
Other Write-Ins11  0.1%   Lost
Voters to choose one:
NameVotesPercentOutcome
Anthony J. O'Donnell, Rep.6,027  51.87%   Won
Pat Buehler, Dem.5,586  48.08%   Lost
Other Write-Ins6  0.1%   Lost
Voters to choose one:
NameVotesPercentOutcome
Anthony J. O'Donnell, Rep.8,401  59%   Won
John M. Gott, Dem.5,772  41%   Lost
Voters to choose one:
NameVotesPercentOutcome
Anthony J. O'Donnell, Rep.5,839  50%   Won
Thomas Michael Pelagatti, Dem.5,807  50%   Lost

References and notes

  1. https://ballotpedia.org/Anthony_O%27Donnell
  2. 1994 Gubernatorial General Election Results
  3. "1998 Gubernatorial Election".
  4. http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=19235
  5. http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=85285
  6. http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=406342
  7. http://m.capitalgazette.com/news/government/kipke-ousts-o-donnell-as-maryland-house-gop-leader/article_9d6104d9-d65c-5c68-882a-70671c21e1ea.html?mode=jqm.Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. Poll (2 April 2010). "Where Does Your Legislator Rank? See the list". Maryland Gazette of Politics and Business. Retrieved 10 April 2010.
  9. https://msa.maryland.gov/msa/mdmanual/06hse/former/html/msa12284.html
  10. http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/mdmanual/06hse/html/msa12284.html
  11. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-04-23. Retrieved 2012-04-04.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  12. "House of Delegates Results". Maryland State Board of Elections. Retrieved on Sept, 22 2007
  13. "House of Delegates Results". Maryland State Board of Elections. Retrieved on Sept, 22 2007
  14. "House of Delegates Results". Maryland State Board of Elections. Retrieved on Sept, 22 2007
  15. "House of Delegates Results". Maryland State Board of Elections. Retrieved on Sept, 22 2007

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