The Circuit Court for Prince George’s County Welcomes All—A Fair Forum for Justice
The Honorable Marilynn M. Bland
Clerk of the Circuit Court for Prince George's County, Maryland
"Providing access to Justice for the Citizens of Prince George’s County"
Elected to serve as Clerk of the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County in 2010, Marilynn Bland has overseen the increasing efficiency of her office through conscientious administration. This position, in which she works closely with the Circuit Court and the State Administrative Office of the Courts, caps a long career in public service to the residents of Prince George’s County.
Steadily and surely, Marilynn Bland has risen from Meridian, Mississippi to the heights of public service in Prince George’s County. Bland’s savvy and determination catapulted her in 2002 from the post of Legislative Aide to the late Honorable Isaac J. Gourdine (District Eight) to a seat on the County Council. In 1996, she became the first African American elected from District Nine to the Prince George’s County Board of Education. And, in 2002, Bland became the first African American and first woman elected to the Prince George’s County Council from District Nine. Bland’s work ethic, compassion, and transparency won her accolades as "The Council Member Who Cares."
Marilynn Bland started her public service career as an education reformer—winning elections in 1996 and 2000 to the Board of Education. Bland crusaded against fiscal abuse and failure to provide students with materials essential to their education. She pressured the schools to furnish all students with textbooks for core subjects. In his book, The Educated Child, U.S. Secretary of Education William Bennett hailed Bland as a model of dedication and commitment to education.
Marilynn Bland was a leader on the Prince George’s County Council. In 2007, she chaired the Health, Education and Human Services Committee, the Domestic Violence Task Force Law and Enforcement Sub-Committee. Bland’s effectiveness as a legislator who knew how to tackle difficult issues prompted the Honorable Judge William D. Missouri, then-Administrative Judge of the Seventh Judicial Court, to appoint her to serve alongside Judge Herman Dawson as Vice-Chairperson of the Prince George’s County Circuit Court Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Mediation Program. In 2008, Bland was elected to serve as the County Council Vice-Chairperson, and on December 2, 2008, she was elected Council Chairperson for legislative year 2009. In 2010, Bland chaired Rules, General Assembly, and Committee of the Whole (COW), where she was responsible for the oversight of General Assembly legislation, County Council and District Council rule changes.
Marilynn Bland counts among her greatest achievements the passage of legislation in 2006 to establish the Prince George’s County Youth Commission, which gives young people the opportunity to participate in the political process and represent the needs of youth to the County Executive and County Council. Bland’s passion for quality education was her “unspoken priority” as a member of the Council.
Bland’s civic and community involvement is broad based. Her advocacy for seniors, youth, and working people is renowned. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) honored Marilynn Bland as one of the Prince George’s County’s “Women Who Are Making a Difference.” Bland is a member of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators, The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and the Association of University Women. In October 2009, the vaunted Washingtonian magazine named Council Member Marilynn Bland as one of the "100 Most Powerful Women in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area."
Bland earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Nursing (BSN) from the University of Southern Mississippi, and received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Springfield Christian College and Theological Seminary. From 1983 to 1986, Bland served as a Commissioned Officer in the United States Air Force (Nurse Corps). As a registered nurse, she worked at Greater Southeast Community Hospital, Southern Maryland Hospital Center and Providence Hospital.
Marilynn Bland has two adult children, Justin and Tonya, who each graduated with Bachelors degrees from the University of Maryland at College Park. Justin also earned a Master’s degree from Case Western Reserve University. Bland is proud that her children are products of Prince George’s County Schools. The Bland family attends Mount Ennon Baptist Church and lives in Clinton Maryland.
If you would like Ms. Bland to come out to speak to your community or church group, please contact her office at 301-952-3318.