Biography

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Vice Chair, Obie Patterson

Council Member, Prince George's County Council

District 8, Democrat
14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive
County Council, 2nd Floor
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

Tel: (301) 952-3860
Fax: (301) 952-4821
TTY: (301) 925-5167
Email: Councildistrict8@co.pg.md.us


Constituent areas include Camp Springs, Clinton, Forest Heights, Fort Washington, Glass Manor, Marlow Heights, Oxon Hill, and Temple Hills. 

Obie Patterson (D-District 8) was elected to his first four-year term on the Prince George’s County Council in the November 2, 2010 General Election. Council Member Patterson represents the 8th Councilmanic District of Prince George’s County, which includes the constituent areas of Camp Springs, Clinton, Forest Heights, Fort Washington, Glass Manor, Marlow Heights, Oxon Hill, and Temple Hills.

Council Member Patterson was elected by his colleagues to serve as Vice Chair of the Prince George's County Council for Legislative Year 2013.  He also serves as Chair of the Council’s Health, Education and Human Services Committee, and is a member of the Planning, Zoning and Economic Development Committee.  Council Member Patterson is a designated Board Member for Dimensions Healthcare System; Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation; Prince George’s County Conference and Visitors Bureau; and Local Management Board for Social Services. 

A former member of the Maryland House of Delegates, Council Member Patterson was first elected as a Maryland State Delegate for Prince George's County in November of 1994. He was reelected in 1998 and again in 2002. During his terms in the Maryland General Assembly he chaired and served on several committees and subcommittees, some of which included Ways and Means, Commerce and Government Matters, Protocol, Tax and Revenue, Transportation, County Affairs and Education. He served as Chair of the County Affairs Committee and the Subcommittee on Election Law, a member of the Ways and Means Committee, the Joint Committee on Protocol, and the Joint Committee on Children, Youth and Families. He also served as the House Floor Deputy Majority Whip and as the House Assistant Majority Leader.

His 12 years as a state delegate provided him the opportunity and experience in analyzing the State budget, education reports, tax and revenue reports and transportation reports, among others. In 2002, Council Member Patterson was elected Chair of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland (LBCM), where he had previously served as its Treasurer. As Chair of the LBCM, he commissioned the Justice Policy Institute to study the disproportionate number of African Americans incarcerated in the Maryland corrections system for nonviolent drug offenses. This led him to introduce legislation to provide treatment and training for nonviolent drug offenders. That legislation was signed into law with a $3-million pilot program, with $1.6 million allocated to Prince George’s County. Overall, he was able to bring back over $5.5 million to his district for special community projects such as the library expansion (Sojourner Truth Room), the ice skating rink, and the Sports and Technology Center. He continues to be a strong community advocate working with youth and seniors. 

Council Member Patterson worked for 30 years at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in several positions, including Research Biologist, Management Analyst, Program Analyst and Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist. He served as a Program Manager administering grants to the 1890 Land Grant Institutions (approximately $30 million annually). He provided national leadership for the USDA’s High School Research Apprenticeship program, national leadership in planning and implementing research programs in Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and developed procedures and evaluation criteria for administering grants. 

Council Member Patterson is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Johnson C. Smith University Trustee's Award; the Kappa Alpha Psi, Inc. Brother of the Year Award; the Prince George's County Educators Award; the Prince George's County Realtors Award; and a Father of the Year Award. Council Member Patterson is a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., the Pi Sigma National Honor Society, the NAACP, the Roscoe C. Cartwright Prince Hall Masons, and the Prince George’s Volunteer Action Center. Council Member Patterson currently serves as a Maryland Parole Commissioner. He is president of the Maryland Black Caucus Foundation and founder and former president of the African American Democratic Club of Prince George’s County.

A graduate of Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU) in Charlotte, North Carolina with a B.S. in Biology, he also earned an M.A. in Public Administration at the University of Florida, Gainesville and remains active on the JCSU Board of Trustees and serves as Chair of the Student Affairs Committee. He also served as an adjunct professor at Bowie State University and at Prince George's Community College. 

A faithful member and Chair of the Trustee Board of Fort Foote Baptist Church in Fort Washington, Maryland, Council Member Patterson is the proud father of two sons and a daughter, and grandfather of two granddaughters and one grandson. 

Patterson is the proud father of two sons and a daughter, and grandfather of two granddaughters and one grandson.

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