Jen TerrasaJen Terrasa

Current Position: State Delegate for Delegate for District #13 since 2019
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position(s): Councilmember for Howard County from 2006 – 2018

As a resident of Howard County for more than 40 years, I am passionate about serving the community where I grew up and where I have chosen to raise my three children. I’ve had the honor of serving Howard County for over a decade, and during this time, I have consistently spoken out on issues that impact my community, from healthcare to transportation to education to making sure we are doing what needs to be done to ensure that members of our disability community are able to fully participate.

As a legislator, I have experience being a voice for the people, standing up for our shared values, and solving problems to address community concerns.

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Current Position: State Delegate for Delegate for District #13 since 2019
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position(s): Councilmember for Howard County from 2006 – 2018

As a resident of Howard County for more than 40 years, I am passionate about serving the community where I grew up and where I have chosen to raise my three children. I’ve had the honor of serving Howard County for over a decade, and during this time, I have consistently spoken out on issues that impact my community, from healthcare to transportation to education to making sure we are doing what needs to be done to ensure that members of our disability community are able to fully participate.

As a legislator, I have experience being a voice for the people, standing up for our shared values, and solving problems to address community concerns.

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My education and training as a lawyer and mediator, my experience as an activist, my nearly 12 years serving as a member of the Howard County Council, and my deep roots in this community combined to made me highly and uniquely qualified to hit the ground running as your state delegate. Prior to serving as a County Councilmember, I served on the Howard County Planning Board, on the Kings Contrivance Village Board, and as my HOA president which gave me hands-on experience addressing local issues. During my time on the Council, I also served as the Council’s representative to the Legislative committee of MACo (Maryland Association of Counties) which gave me a strong background in state issues and legislative solutions.
As your representative, I listen, I care, and I act. I look forward to continuing to serve as your state delegate.
Delegate Jen Terrasa was first elected to the Maryland House of Delegates in 2018 to represent District 13 in the Maryland State Legislature. She serves on the Environment and Transportation Committee as well as the Land Use and Ethics , Local Government and BiCounty Agencies, Housing and Real Property Subcommittees. She is a member of the Women’s Legislative Caucus and Transportation Caucus as well as an Associate member of the Latino Caucus. Prior to being elected to serve as state delegate, she served for 12 years on the Howard County Council from December 2006 to December 2018. A resident of Howard County for over 40 years, Jen is deeply rooted in the Howard County and genuinely committed to its future, having served the community in a number of roles as a community advocate, president of her homeowner’s association, vice-chair and member of the Kings Contrivance Village Board, and member of the Howard County Planning Board.

After graduating from Oakland Mills High School, she earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Maryland at College Park, and went on to graduate summa cum laude from the University of Baltimore School of Law, where she was editor of the Law Review. Before being elected to the Howard County Council, Jen worked for The Women’s Law Center of Maryland and taught at the University of Baltimore Law School.

Jen is the mother of three children, Tony, Kelsey and Joey. She is proud to raise her children in Howard County, where they can enjoy the high quality of life Howard County has to offer and be part of a diverse and thriving community. A product of Howard County public schools and a 40-year resident, Jen looks forward to continuing her work to help make Howard County a great place for families.

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Vanessa AtterbearyVanessa Atterbeary

Current Position: State Delegate for Delegate for District #13 since 2014
Affiliation: Democrat

As a Howard County native, it is my honor to serve the people of District 13 as a member of the Maryland House of Delegates. Since elected to office, in 2014, I have been able to create relationships in Annapolis that have helped me to deliver on issues of importance to the people of Howard County.

As Vice-Chair of the House Judiciary Committee, I have been able to successfully advocate for victims of domestic abuse and victims of child abuse. Working towards a Pre-K system for all of Maryland’s children, economic opportunities for all of Maryland’s citizens, ensuring that our public schools remain strong, and protecting women and families have been some of my priorities and legislative accomplishments.

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Del Vanessa Atterbeary | Maryland Bar Journal Profile Volume 1 Issue 3
Maryland State Bar AssociationOctober 26, 2019 (02:21)

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Current Position: State Delegate for Delegate for District #13 since 2014
Affiliation: Democrat

As a Howard County native, it is my honor to serve the people of District 13 as a member of the Maryland House of Delegates. Since elected to office, in 2014, I have been able to create relationships in Annapolis that have helped me to deliver on issues of importance to the people of Howard County.

As Vice-Chair of the House Judiciary Committee, I have been able to successfully advocate for victims of domestic abuse and victims of child abuse. Working towards a Pre-K system for all of Maryland’s children, economic opportunities for all of Maryland’s citizens, ensuring that our public schools remain strong, and protecting women and families have been some of my priorities and legislative accomplishments.

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Del Vanessa Atterbeary | Maryland Bar Journal Profile Volume 1 Issue 3
Maryland State Bar AssociationOctober 26, 2019 (02:21)

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Vanessa was elected to a second term, in the Maryland General Assembly, to represent District 13, Howard County, Maryland (where she was born and raised) in 2018 and was sworn in on January 9, 2019.

After only having served one term in the Maryland General Assembly, Vanessa was appointed by Speaker of the House Michael Bush to serve as Vice Chair of the Judiciary Committee. In addition to serving as Vice Chair, Vanessa serves as Chair of the Public Safety Workgroup, serves on the Family Law Subcommittee and was elected for a second time in 2019 to serve as Chair of the Howard County House Delegation.

The Daily Record named Vanessa one of Maryland’s “Top 100 Women” in 2020. In addition, the Baltimore Sun named her one of the Top 25 Women to Watch in 2018 and one of the Fresh Faces of Power in the 2019 Maryland General Assembly.

For her successful passage of landmark legislation, “The Repeat Sexual Predator Prevention Act of 2018”, and continued efforts to protect victims, hold enablers accountable and prosecute predators, Vanessa has received: the 2018 Leadership Award by the Women Legislators of Maryland and the Women Legislators of Maryland Foundation; the 2018 State Legislator Leadership Award from the Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City; and was honored on May 10, 2019 by the Baltimore Child Abuse Center as a “Hero.”

During her first term, Vanessa was appointed Deputy Majority Whip by Speaker Michael Busch, served on the Judiciary Committee and was Chair of the Family Law Sub-Committee in the Maryland General Assembly. She is a member of the Women’s Caucus and the Black Caucus. Vanessa was appointed by Speaker of the House, Michael Bush, to serve on the Public Safety and Policing Workgroup during the 2015 interim.
Vanessa was also appointed to represent the state of Maryland on the National Conference of State Legislators Law, Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committees. Vanessa was also appointed to represent the Maryland General Assembly on the Three Branch Institute to Improve Child Safety and Prevent Child Fatalities; the Governor’s Workforce Investment Board; the Neshante and Chloe Davis Domestic Violence Prevention Task Force; the Joint Committee on Children and Youth; and, she was also selected to participate in the Emerging Leaders Program, at the Darden School of Business, for state Legislators from across the country.

In the General Assembly, she has been successful in passing legislation to keep guns out of the hands of abusers, strengthening prosecutors’ ability to convict sexual predators, increasing circumstances under which a protective order may be granted; and, altering how Howard County elects its school board members.

In addition to serving in the Maryland General Assembly, Vanessa serves as Corporate Counsel for KRA Corporation, a company providing workforce development and health consulting services, headquartered in Fulton, Maryland.

Vanessa is a member of the Jack and Jill of America, Inc., Columbia Chapter; Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc, Omega Eta Omega Chapter; The Links, Inc., (Columbia MD) Chapter; and, The Maryland Bar Association.

Vanessa is a 1993 graduate of Atholton High School, a 1997 graduate of the College of William and Mary, with a B.A. degree in Government and a 2000 graduate from Villanova University School of Law.

She resides in Fulton with her family and is a loving Mother to her three young children, Grayson, Holden and Victoria.

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Shane E. PendergrassShane E. Pendergrass

Current Position: State Delegate for Delegate for District 13 since 1995
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position(s): Member, County Council, Howard County from 1986 – 1994

Member of House of Delegates since January 11, 1995. Chair, Health and Government Operations Committee, 2017- (member, 2003-; health insurance subcommittee, 2003-04; long-term care subcommittee, 2003-04; pharmaceuticals subcommittee, 2003-05; minority health disparities subcommittee, 2006; chair, health occupations subcommittee, 2005; chair, insurance subcommittee, 2005-17, member, 2004-17; member, health facilities & occupations subcommittee, 2007-14; estates & trusts subcommittee, 2015-17; vice-chair, 2007-17).

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Current Position: State Delegate for Delegate for District 13 since 1995
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position(s): Member, County Council, Howard County from 1986 – 1994

Member of House of Delegates since January 11, 1995. Chair, Health and Government Operations Committee, 2017- (member, 2003-; health insurance subcommittee, 2003-04; long-term care subcommittee, 2003-04; pharmaceuticals subcommittee, 2003-05; minority health disparities subcommittee, 2006; chair, health occupations subcommittee, 2005; chair, insurance subcommittee, 2005-17, member, 2004-17; member, health facilities & occupations subcommittee, 2007-14; estates & trusts subcommittee, 2015-17; vice-chair, 2007-17).

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Born in Los Angeles, California. University of Illinois, B.F.A. (fine arts), cum laude, 1973, M.A. (fine arts), 1974.

Former art instructor, Aurora University; art therapist, Children’s Unit, Edgemont Hospital, 1977 (program coordinator); art teacher, Severn School. Outstanding Individual Award, The Arc of Howard County, 2000. Tera Partner Award for spearheading creation of Howard County Technology Incubator, Center for Business and Technology Development, 2000. Conservationist of the Year, Audubon Society of Central Maryland, 2001.

Hannah G. Solomon Award, Howard County Chapter, National Council of Jewish Women, 2001. Legislator of the Year, Maryland Cares, 2002. Senator James Clark Award for distinguished public service to the people of Columbia, Howard County Democratic Party, 2003. Outstanding Conservation Award, Audubon Society of Central Maryland, 2004, 2009, 2011, 2012. Legislative Sponsor Award, Maryland Children’s Action Network, 2005, 2006. Maryland’s Top 100 Women, Daily Record, 2005. Eugene McCreary Award, Maryland Optometric Association, 2005. Advocacy Award, Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, 2006. The Ruth Keeton Award for dedicated service to the Citizens of Howard County, Howard County Women’s Bar Association, 2007. Certificate of Appreciation, Howard County NAACP Youth Council, 2009. Public Policy Champion of the Year, Maryland Works, Inc., 2013. Leadership Award, Compassion & Choices, 2015. Leadership Award, Women Legislators of Maryland Foundation, 2017. Leadership Award, Health Care for All, 2018.

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Phone: 410) 841-3139,
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