Parris N. Glendening, 1995-2003

The former University of Maryland, College Park, professor of government and politics began his political career in 1973 when he served as a member of the Washington City Council. In 1974, he was elected to the Prince George's County Council, and then served three terms, from 1982 to 1994, as county executive. In a squeaker of an election for governor, Glendening triumphed over his Republican candidate, Ellen Sauerbrey by only 5,993 votes. Again, his primary focus as governor was improving education in the state. Other benchmarks of his administration would be his Smart Growth initiative which sought to contain urban sprawl and preserve open space. His environmental efforts also included the further cleaning up of the Bay. He cut taxes and because of his interest in biotechnology, created many jobs in this area. He brought NFL football back to Baltimore with the arrival of the Ravens. He also ended executions in Maryland by executive order in 2002. Glendening was born in the Bronx, N.Y., and he earned his bachelor's, master's and doctorate in political science in 1967, from Florida State University. In 2002, Glendening was prohibited from running for office again by the state constitution.
Kenneth K. Lam, Baltimore Sun
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