Adrienne A. Jones Maryland Speaker of the House

Speaker Adrienne A. Jones Made History as Maryland’s First African-American and Female Speaker of the House, Pioneering Education and Diversity

Adrienne A. Jones shattered two glass ceilings when unanimously elected as the first African-American and first woman Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates. Her groundbreaking appointment marks a significant milestone in Maryland’s political landscape.

Trailblazing Leadership in Maryland’s Legislature

Speaker Jones’ election represents a historic moment for Maryland politics. She brings a wealth of experience, having served as Speaker Pro Tem for 16 years under Speaker Mike Busch.

Jones’ steadfast leadership and no-nonsense approach to legislating have earned her respect among colleagues. Her focus on education policy and funding issues has been a hallmark of her tenure.

Championing Education and School Construction

Throughout her legislative career, Speaker Jones has prioritized education policy and funding. She has notably concentrated on school construction initiatives, demonstrating her commitment to improving educational infrastructure.

Her efforts have significantly impacted Maryland’s education system. Jones’ work ensures that students have access to modern, well-equipped learning environments.

Advancing Diversity and Fair Treatment in State Employment

Speaker Jones has made remarkable strides in promoting diversity and fair treatment of State employees. Her initiatives have helped create a more inclusive work environment in Maryland’s government.

These efforts reflect her long-standing commitment to equality. Jones’ work in this area builds on her experience as Executive Director of Baltimore County’s Office of Fair Practices and Community Affairs.

Recognition for Outstanding Public Service

Jones’ dedication to public service has not gone unnoticed. In February 2019, she received the Casper R. Taylor, Jr. Founder’s Award, the highest honor for a House of Delegates member.

She has been named to the “Top 100 Women in Maryland” by the Daily Record three times. Additionally, Jones was selected for Governing Magazine’s Women in Government Leadership Program in 2016.

From Baltimore County to State Leadership

Before her role as Speaker, Jones served Baltimore County for over 37 years. She worked as Deputy Director of the Baltimore County Office of Human Resources until her retirement in 2014.

Jones’ civil service career was marked by dedication and sensitivity to diverse populations. She founded the Annual Baltimore County African American Cultural Festival, now in its 21st year.

A Maryland Native with Deep Roots

Born in Cowdensville, a historic African-American community near Arbutus, Jones is deeply connected to Maryland. She attended Baltimore County Public Schools and graduated from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Jones’ academic achievements include an Honorary Doctor of Law Degree from Goucher College. She is a proud mother of two and grandmother to Jalen and Janelle Jones.

Speaker Adrienne A. Jones’ historic appointment and legislative achievements continue to shape Maryland’s political landscape. Her leadership in education, diversity, and public service sets a new standard for inclusive governance in the state.