A member of the Maryland General Assembly for some twenty years, Leonard Teitelbaum would serve as a Maryland State Senator from 1995-2007, and a Maryland State Delegate from 1987-1994. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Teitelbaum would graduate from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1953) before serving in the United States Army Signal Corps in both the Korean War and at the White House from 1953-1955. He’d ultimately come to a career in engineering serving as the President of Terminal Data Corporation from 1970-2000.
Green would begin his career in public office upon his election to the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee in 1978-1981. He’d serve there until 1981. He’d return to elected office upon his election to the Maryland House of Delegates in 1986. He’d serve in the House from 1987-1994 as a member of the Environmental Matters Committee (1987-1994), the Joint Committee on Health Care Cost Containment (1989-1992), the Joint Committee on Health Care Delivery and Financing (1993-1995). He’d also chair the Montgomery County House of Delegates Delegation from 1990-1993 before being elected to the Maryland Senate in 1994.
Teitelbaum’s time in the Senate would be highlighted by numerous positions of responsibility including service as Chairman of the Joint Technology Oversight Committee (2000-2007) and the Joint Committee on Legislative Data Systems (1997-2007) and membership on the Finance Committee (1997-2007), the Executive Nominations Committee (1999-2007), the Joint Committee on Access to Mental Health Services (2005-2007), and the Joint Committee on Children, Youth, and Families (1999-2007).
For both his professional and legislative efforts, Teitelbaum was awarded numerous honors. These recognitions included the Outstanding Service Award from the Jewish Community Council of Greater Washington (1985), the Legislator of the Year Award from the Maryland Dental Association (1991), the Public Policy Leadership Award from the American Cancer Society (2002), and the Legislator Recognition Award from the Maryland Association of Counties (2003).
Teitelbaum passed away on October 26, 2016, leaving behind a life and career that fostered a lasting impression of service to all those who have followed him and will follow him in the years to come. For his years of service, a portion of state highway located in Silver Spring on MD 97 was dedicated in Senator Teitelbaum’s honor in June 2013.