November 21, 2019

Central Maryland Celebration Series Senator John Pica

A member of the Maryland General Assembly for some nineteen years, John A. Pica, Jr. would serve as a Maryland State Senator from 1983-1997, and a Maryland State Delegate from 1979-1983 representing Central Maryland.

A native Marylander, Pica would graduate from Mount St. Joseph High School before making his way to Villanova University (B.A), the Johns Hopkins University; Loyola College (M.B.A.); and the University of Baltimore School of Law (J.D., 1975). He’d then begin a career in law and public affairs upon his admission to the Maryland State Bar Association shortly thereafter.

Pica would begin his career in public office upon his election to the Maryland House of Delegates in the 1978 elections. He’d serve there from 1979-1982 as a member of the Appropriations Committee (1979) and the Economic Matters Committee (1980-1982) until his election to the Maryland Senate.

Pica’s time in the Senate would be highlighted by numerous positions of responsibility including service as Chairman of the Baltimore City Senate Delegation (1987-1997), the Senate Rules Committee (1995-1997), the Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive, and Legislative Review (1995-1996), and the Reapportionment and Redistricting Committee (1991-1992). He’d also serve as a member of the Senate Finance Committee (1995-1996), the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee (1983-1994), the Executive Nominations Committee (1995-1996), the Legislative Policy Committee (1995-1996), the Special Joint Committee on Pensions (1995-1996), the Joint Committee on Federal Relations (1985-1986), and the Special Joint Committee on Ports (1985-1986).

Pica would resign from the Senate on January 1, 1997. Continuing his commitment to public affairs, he currently serves as a principal and lobbyist at his own advocacy firm John Pica & Associates, LLC.

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