A member of the Maryland General Assembly for some sixteen years, Rev. C. Anthony Muse would serve as a Maryland State Senator from 2007-2019 and as a Maryland State Delegate from 1995-1999 representing Prince George’s County.
Born Baltimore, Muse would graduate from Morgan State University (B.A., History, 1981), Wesley Theological Seminary (M.Div., 1994) and Howard University (Doctorate of Ministry, 1991) before embarking upon a career in pastoral service. His career in the ministry would see him serve as Senior Pastor of multiple Maryland churches including Gibbons United Methodist Church in Brandywine, Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Ellicott City, Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church in Catonsville, and currently Ark of Safety Christian Church in Upper Marlboro.
Muse would come to political office upon his election to the Maryland House of Delegates in the 1994 elections. Muse would serve as a member of the Maryland House of Delegates from 1995-1999 as a member of the Ways & Means Committee and its Transportation Subcommittee. He would leave the House of Delegates in 1999, but ultimately return to public office upon his election to the Maryland Senate in 2006.
Muse’s time in the Senate would be highlighted by several positions of responsibility including service as Senate Chairman of the Joint Committee on Fair Practices and State Personnel Oversight (2011-2019), Chairman of the Prince George’s County Senate Delegation (2008-2009), and Co-Chair of the Task Force to Study How to Improve Financial Literacy in Maryland (2008-2010). Additionally, Muse would serve as a member of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee (2013-2019), the Senate Finance Committee (2010-2012), the Joint Committee on Children, Youth, & Families (2007-2010), and the Joint Committee on Health Care Delivery & Financing (2007-2014).
For both his professional and legislative efforts, Muse would be selected for multiple awards and recognitions. He’d receive the Outstanding Citizen Award from the Baltimore County Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), a Community Service Award from the Howard County Council, a Community Service Award from the Office of the Baltimore County Executive, and the E. Stanley Jones Award for his ministry work
Muse would leave the Maryland Senate in 2019 following the 2018 elections. His legacy of community and public service continues to this day as he remains the Senior Pastor of Ark of Safety Christian Church in Upper Marlboro.