An elected official for over three decades, Leo Green would serve as a Maryland State Senator from 1983-2007, a Maryland State Delegate from 1975-1979, and as the Mayor of Bowie from 1968-1972. Ultimately a lawyer by trade, Green would serve in the United States Army from 1954-1956 before attaining degrees from both Mount St. Mary’s College (B.S., Economics) and the Georgetown University School of Law (LL.B., J.D.). He’d be admitted to the Maryland Bar in 1972 thus beginning a last career in the law.
Green would begin his career in public office upon his election as Mayor of the city of Bowie in 1968. He’d serve as Mayor for four years and then be elected as a member of the Maryland House of Delegates in 1974. He’d serve in the House from 1975-1979 (as a member of the Constitutional and Administrative Law Committee) and then be elected to the Maryland Senate in 1982.
Green’s time in the Senate would be highlighted by numerous positions of responsibility including service as Chairman of the Senate Rules Committee (2003-2007) and as Vice Chairman of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee (1995-2007). His tenure would also see him serve as a member of the Executive Nominations Committee (1987-2007), the Legislative Policy Committee (1994-2007), the Spending Affordability Committee (1984-2003), the Special Committee on Substance Abuse (2001-2007), the Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics (1983-1985), and the Joint Committee on Selection of the State Treasurer (1996, 2002, and 2003).
For both his professional and legislative efforts, Green was awarded numerous honors. These recognitions included the Distinguished Alumni Award for Mount St. Mary’s College (1979), the Champion of Children Award from the Prince George’s County Foster Care Review Board (1996), the Legislator of the Year Award from the Maryland State’s Attorneys’ Association (1996), the Legislator of the Year Award from the Prince George’s County Municipal Association (1997), the Distinguished Public Service Award from the American Lung Association (1998), the Leadership and Outstanding Service Award from the Maryland State Bar Association (1998 & 2001), the Award of Special Recognition from the Maryland Legal Services Corporation (1998 & 2006), and the Distinguished Service Award from the Maryland Municipal League (1999).
Green’s life and career continue to leave a legacy of passionate service to all those who have followed him and will follow him in the future. Upon Green’s retirement in 2006, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr. said of his longtime colleague: “He’s not only been a great friend, but a great advocate for Prince George’s County.” He followed: “Leo was a progressive, even when it wasn’t popular to be a progressive.”