District 43 (Baltimore City)
Miller Senate Office Building, 2 West Wing
11 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-3145, (301) 858-3145
fax: (410) 841-3135, (301) 858-3135
2831 Hillen Road
Baltimore, MD 21218
(410) 467-7125; fax: (410) 467-6692
A member of the Maryland State Senate since 1997, Senator Joan Carter Conway made history in 2007 when she became the first African American woman to be appointed as chairman of a Senate standing committee in Maryland. She represents the citizens of the 43rd Legislative District.
The scope and significance of Sen. Conway’s leadership is not only reflected in the personal attention she gives to constituents, but is also readily apparent in her stewardship of the Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee, where she has been a staunch protector of Maryland’s natural resources, K-12 education, and higher education.
Sen. Conway has garnered national media attention in recent years for her strong advocacy on behalf of Maryland’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities. She has led the fight to discourage the unnecessary duplication of academic programs at Maryland’s public universities. Her advocacy has both encouraged and enhanced the overall effectiveness and efficiency in the operations of the University System of Maryland.
Throughout her career, she has been receptive to the needs of the African-American community, and she has devoted herself tirelessly to the creation of better opportunities for African-American entrepreneurs. Her popularity among her constituents and her strong political acumen culminated in 2006 when she led an 11-person ticket to victory in the primary election, an electoral feat which had never before been accomplished in Baltimore.
Well-known among her peers for intelligence, personal integrity, and a strong work ethic, Sen. Conway is the recipient of numerous top honors and distinctions for her community service and legislative achievements, including the coveted Best Politician Award from Baltimore’s City Paper. She was recognized for Outstanding Professional Achievement by the National Coalition of 100 Black Women. She has been designated as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women 2000, 2010 and Maryland’s top 100 Women, Circle of Excellence, 2014.
A native Baltimorean, her career in elected office began as a member of the Baltimore City Council, where she served as both the Chair of the Budget and Appropriations Committee and the Vice chair of the Land Use Committee. She has held professional roles in Baltimore City and state government, including the Department of Housing and Community Development, the Model Cities Program, the Urban Services Agency, and as Program Director of the Stability, Uniqueness, Renewal and Elevation (SURE).
Senator Conway has received her A.A. from Baltimore City Community College, a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Baltimore, and an Honorary Doctorate in Public Service from Morgan State University.
Senator Conway is married to Vernon “Tim” Conway. She has one son, Marvin and four grandchildren.