October 4, 2019

Baltimore City Celebration Series Senator Clarence Mitchell IV

A member of the Maryland General Assembly for eight years, a member of a prominent political family, and now a popular radio talk show host, Clarence Mitchell IV would serve as a Maryland State Senator from 1999-2003 and a Maryland State Delegate from 1995-1999.

Born in Baltimore in May of 1962, Mitchell would attend Baltimore Polytechnic Institute before making his way to the University of Maryland College Park and Morgan State University. He’d develop an interest in politics at an early age and take office as a member of the Baltimore City Democratic Central Committee in 1982. These years would also see him serve as President of the Young Democrats of Baltimore (1982-1984) and as a member of the advance team for Presidential Candidate Walter Mondale in 1984.

From his position as a member of the Baltimore City Democratic Central Committee, Mitchell would parlay that interest in politics into a successful run for the Maryland House of Delegates in 1994. He’d serve in the House of Delegates from 1995-1999 as a member of both the Ways and Means Committee and the Joint Audit Committee before seeking and winning a seat in the Maryland Senate in 1998.

Mitchell’s time in the Senate would be highlighted by numerous positions of responsibility including service as Chairman of the Senate Rules Committee (2001-2003) and membership on the Judicial Proceedings Committee (1999-2003) and the Joint Committee on Federal Relations (1999-2003). Interestingly Mitchell would hold the unique distinction of being a second-generation State Senator serving in the same office which his father (Clarence Mitchell III) held from 1967-1986.

Mitchell’s life and career continue to leave a legacy of passionate service to his community. In 2007, he would begin a daily radio show on WBAL Radio in Baltimore. Now more commonly known by his nickname (C4), Mitchell still advocates and bring light to important state and local issues as the radio show continues in its 13th year in 2019.