First African American Woman Speaker Pro Tem Receives House’s Highest Award
Delegate Adrienne Jones Continues To Write ‘Herstory’
Ursula V. Battle | 3/8/2019, 6 a.m.
Speaker Pro Tem Jones serves on the House Appropriations Committee, and is Chair of the Capital Budget and Education and Economic Development Subcommittees. She serves as the House Chair of the Joint Committee on Fair Practices and Personnel Oversight, and is a member of the Spending Affordability Committee, Legislative Policy Committee, House Rules and Executive Nominations Committee, and the past Chair of the Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics. She is also a member of the Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education and the 21st Century School Facilities Commission. She is also the Founder of the Annual Baltimore County African American Cultural Festival, which is now in its 21st year.
“I wear many hats,” she said. “In addition to being Speaker Pro Tem, I’m going to be honest and work with you. I’m not going to say something and do something else. I want everyone to be successful.”
Speaker Pro Tem Jones was born in Cowdensville, Maryland, a historic African American community located near Arbutus in Southwest Baltimore County. She attended Baltimore County Public Schools and received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) in 1976. She attended The National Security Seminar, U.S. Army War College in 2007. In 2008, she received an Honorary Doctor of Law Degree from Goucher College in Towson, Maryland.
The successful leader is the mother of two adult sons and grandmother of two grandchildren, Jalen and Janelle Jones.
“I want to make sure that no matter what profession you are in, you are doing something in which you are giving back,” said Delegate Jones. “It’s not about you. It’s about people who can use the talents you have. You get rewarded three-fold in terms of making a difference in someone else’s life.”