August 1, 2019

Senate Decades Series 1990s Senator William Amoss

A Maryland State Senator from 1983 to 1997, William H. Amoss was a leader for his native Harford County and for the State of Maryland through the majority of the decade that was the 1990s.

A truly interesting individual, Amoss would serve in the United States Army for three years in the 1950s before returning home to Harford County where he’d begin a career as an auctioneer that would last for decades.

Amoss would seek public office in 1974 successfully winning election to the Maryland House of Delegates where he’d serve from 1975-1982. He’d leave the House following the 1982 elections after successfully winning election to the State Senate.

He would serve in the Senate from 1983-1997 and during that time he would prove himself extremely productive and a strong advocate for his constituents. Amoss’s time in the Senate would prove extremely productive as he’d serve in numerous leadership capacities including chairing both the Special Joint Committee on Pensions (1987-1994) and the Harford County Senate Delegation (1991-1997).

His work would not go unappreciated as he would receive numerous recognitions following his untimely passing in 1997. A hearing room in Annapolis is named in his honor in the Maryland State Capital Complex as well as multiple funding state funding formulas for emergency services. He also has a scholarship endowed in his honor (William H. Amoss Memorial Endowed Scholarship) along with a building bearing his name (the William H. Amoss Performing Arts Center) at Harford Community College.

Senator William Amoss clearly left behind a legacy of service to his community and proved a strong and steady voice of leadership for the Maryland Senate throughout the decade of the 1990s.