District 26 (Prince George's County)
James Senate Office Building, Room 201
11 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
Office: (410) 841-3092, (301) 858-3092
Fax: (410) 841-3410, (301) 858-3410
Senator Obie Patterson, former member of the Maryland House of Delegates, graduated from Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU) in Charlotte, North Carolina with a B.S. in Biology. He completed his graduate studies at the University of Florida, Gainesville with an M.A. in Public Administration. He previously served on the JCSU Board of Trustees and remains an active supporter of the University.
Mr. Patterson currently serves as a Prince George’s County Council member representing District 8, and previously served as County Council Vice Chair in 2013. Council Member Patterson serves as Chair of the Planning, Zoning and Economic Development (PZED) Committee, which oversees the Economic Development Corporation, Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, People’s Zoning Counsel, and zoning and subdivision bills. He also serves on the Council’s Public Safety and Fiscal Management (PSFM) and Transportation, Housing and the Environment (THE) committees; the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments; Chesapeake Bay and Water Resources Policy Committee. In addition, Councilman Patterson serves on the Prince George’s County Conference & Visitor’s Bureau and the Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors.
Prior to being elected to the Prince George’s County Council, Mr. Patterson served as a Maryland Parole Commissioner. He is former president and treasurer of the Maryland Black Caucus Foundation and founder and former president of the African American Democratic Club of Prince George’s County.
Before being elected to public office, Councilman Patterson worked at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in several positions which included 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. He provided national leadership in planning and implementing research programs in Historically Black Colleges and Universities and developed procedures and evaluation criteria for administering grants. He also served as an adjunct professor at Bowie State University and at Prince George’s Community College.
Councilman 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. He was 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.