Roy P. Dyson

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Roy P. Dyson

Roy Paul Dyson was born in Great Mills, Maryland, November 15, 1948 to Marie and Leroy Dyson. Roy has an identical twin brother, Lee. Dyson has been involved in politics since his teens. He is currently the State Senator for Legislative District 29 and has also served in the Maryland House of Delegates and U.S. House of Representatives. Dyson currently resides in Great Mills.

Political Career

  • Member of Maryland Senate since January 11, 1995.
    • Member, Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee, 1995- (education subcommittee, 1995-2002; alcoholic beverages subcommittee, 2003-; health subcommittee, 2003-; chair, licensing & regulatory affairs subcommittee, 2003-04, member, 1999-2004; chair, ethics & election law subcommittee, 2004-, member, 2003-).
    • Senate Chair, Joint Committee on the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Critical Area, 2003-.
    • Member, Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review, 2003-.
    • Special Committee on Substance Abuse, 2001-.
    • Senate Chair, Joint Committee on Chesapeake Bay Critical Areas, 1995-2003.
    • Member, Agricultural Stewardship Commission, 2005-06.
    • Member, Maryland Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus, 2001-; Maryland Rural Caucus, 2002-; Taxpayers Protection Caucus, 2003-.
  • Member, House of Delegates, 1975-81, representing Legislative District 29 (Charles & St. Mary's counties). Member, Environmental Matters Committee, 1975-81.
  • Member, U.S. House of Representatives, 1981-91, representing Congressional District 1 (Calvert, Caroline, Cecil, Charles, Dorchester, Harford, Kent, Queen Anne's, St. Mary's, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico & Worcester counties) (elected 1st president of 1981 Freshman Democrats Class); Armed Services Committee; Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee (chair, subcommittee on panama canal/outer continental shelf, 1989-90).
  • Former legislative assistant and research director for U.S. Representative William D. Ford of Michigan.
  • Former special assistant, Subcommittee on Agricultural Labor, U.S. House of Representatives.
  • Former assistant director of Operations, Democratic National Committee.
  • Delegate, Democratic Party National Convention, 1988.
  • Delegate, Democratic National Conference, 1978.
  • Presidential Elector, Maryland, 1976.


  • Great Mills High School
  • Montgomery Junior College
  • University of Baltimore
  • University of Maryland
  • Honorary Doctorate, University of Maryland, 1988.


  • Member, Knights of Columbus; Elks; Moose Lodge; Fraternal Order of the Police; Maryland Farm Bureau. Outstanding Young Man of the Year, 1977.
  • Member, Holy Face Catholic Church, Great Mills.
  • State Water Quality Advisory Committee, 1997-
  • Solid Waste Management Task Force, 1998
  • Committee on Building Public Trust and Confidence in the Justice System, 1998-99
  • Task Force to Study the History and Legacy of Slavery in Maryland, 1999
  • Special Commission on State Parks, 1999-2000
  • Task Force to Study the Preservation and Enhancement of Maryland's Heritage Resources, 1999-2001 (enhancement & sustainability committee)
  • Task Force to Study the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation, 2000-01
  • Patuxent River Oil Spill Citizens Advisory Committee, 2000-02
  • Maryland Environmental Trust, 2001-
  • Task Force to Study the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation, 2002-05
  • Task Force to Study the Economic Development of the Maryland Seafood and Aquaculture Industries, 2003-04 (executive committee; seafood industry work group)
  • Advisory Committee on the Management and Protection of the State's Water Resources, 2005-.

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