An elected official from 1965-2003, Arthur Dorman would serve as a Maryland State Senator from 1975-2003 and as a Maryland State Delegate from 1965-1975 representing Prince George’s County and proving a true, often unsung, leader in the Maryland Senate.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Collins, Dorman would serve in both the United States Army and the United States Merchant Marines before attending the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. He’d graduate from Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 1953 and begin a career in optometry before taking to politics. He’d truly distinguish himself in his professional field being selected as the Maryland Optometrist of the Year in 1967 and as the National Optometrist of the Year by the American Optometric Association in 1968.
Dorman would begin his career in public office upon his election to the Maryland House of Delegates in 1964. He’d serve there from 1965-1975 as a member of the Judiciary Committee (1968-1972), the Rules and Executive Nominations Committee (1969-1975), and the Environmental Matters Committee (1973-1975). He’d ultimately rise to the position of Speaker Pro Tem before ascending to the Maryland Senate in 1975.
Dorman’s time in the Senate would be highlighted by numerous positions of responsibility including membership on the Economic Affairs Committee (1975-1994), the Executive Nominations Committee (1976-2003), the Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive, and Legislative Review (1984-2003), the Joint Committee on State Economic Development Initiatives (1995-1996), the Joint Audit Committee (1995-1998), the Joint Committee on Health Care Delivery and Financing (1995-2003), the Workers’ Compensation Benefit and Insurance Oversight Committee (1995-2003), the Senate Committee on Redistricting (2001-2002), and the Joint Committee on the Selection of the State Treasurer (2002).
For both his professional and legislative efforts, Collins was awarded numerous honors. These recognitions included the Outstanding Contributions to Education Award from the Teachers Association of Baltimore County (1975), the Man of the Year Award from Essex Community College (1985), the Elected Official of the Year Award from the Young Democrats of Maryland (1986), the Legislator of the Year Award from the Maryland Psychological Association (1988), the Walter G. Wells Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Environment from the Potomac Chapter of the Sierra Club (1988), and the Legislator Recognition Award from the Maryland Association of Counties (1994).
Dorman’s life and career continue to leave a legacy of service to all those who have followed him and will follow him in the future.