Talmadge Branch

Talmadge Branch

name = Talmadge Branch

caption =
birth_date = birth date and age|1956|1|30
birth_place = North Carolina, United States
residence = Baltimore, Maryland
death_date =
death_place =
state_delegate = Maryland
district = 45th
term_start = 1995
term_end = present
predecessor = John Douglass
successor =
constituency = Baltimore City
party = Democrat
religion = Baptist
occupation =
majority =
relations = Warren Branch, Baltimore City Council
spouse =
children = three children
footnotes =

Talmadge Branch is an American politician who represents the 45th legislative district in the Maryland House of Delegates. Branch has been in office since 1995 and is currently the House majority whip. Delegate Branch is a former chairman of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland and founder of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland's foundation.


Branch was born in Northampton County, North Carolina on January 30, 1956. He attended Northern High School in Baltimore and then Essex Community College where he got his A.A. in 1978. By 1980 Branch had earned his B.A. in liberal studies from Salisbury State College.

In the legislature

Branch has been a member of House of Delegates since January 11, 1995. He currently serves on the House Appropriations Committee and was its vice-chairman from 2003 to 2007. He also serves on the Appropriation committee's oversight committee on personnel, its health & human resources subcommittee, the oversight committee on pensions and its transportation & the environment subcommittee. He is a member of the Legislative Policy Committee, the Special Joint Committee on Pensions, the Task Force to Study the State's Retiree Health Insurance Liabilities, the Rules and Executive Nominations Committee, the Spending Affordability Committee, the Joint Commission on the Maryland Port Administration and he is the House Chair of the Joint Committee on Welfare Reform. [cite web|title=House of Delegates: Talmadge Branch|url=http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/mdmanual/06hse/html/msa12192.html|publisher=Maryland manual on-line|accessdate=2007-09-08]

General election results, 2006

*2006 Race for Maryland House of Delegates – 45th Districtcite web| url=http://www.elections.state.md.us/elections/2006/results/general/county_Baltimore_City.html| title=House of Delegates Results |publisher=Maryland State Board of Elections Retrieved on Mar. 3, 2007] ::Voters to choose three::

Legislative notes

* voted for the Clean Indoor Air Act of 2007 (HB359) [http://mlis.state.md.us/2007rs/billfile/HB0359.htm]
* voted for the Healthy Air Act in 2006 (SB154) [http://mlis.state.md.us/2006rs/votes/house/0942.htm]
* voted for slots in 2005 (HB1361) [http://mlis.state.md.us/2005rs/votes/house/0152.htm]
* voted against electric deregulation in 1999 (HB703) [http://mlis.state.md.us/1999rs/votes/house/0870.htm]
* voted for income tax reduction in 1998 (SB750) [http://mlis.state.md.us/1998rs/votes/house/1229.htm]
* voted in favor of increasing the sales tax by 20% - Tax Reform Act of 2007 (HB2) [http://www.mdchamber.org/docs/ss_hb2.pdf]
* voted in favor of in-state tuition for illegal immigrants in 2007 (HB6) [http://mlis.state.md.us/2007RS/votes/house/0690.htm]


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