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The Honorable Marilyn J. Praisner

Marilyn Praisner was elected in 1990, and re-elected in 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2006 as the District 4 Councilmember. Ms. Praisner passed away on February 1, 2008.

She served as Council President in 1993 and 1997 and as Vice President in 1992 and 1996. Ms. Praisner chairs the County Council's Management and Fiscal Policy Committee and serves on its Health and Human Services Committee.

Known for her outstanding leadership on local as well as state issues, Ms. Praisner was named by Washingtonian Magazine as one of this area's "Most Powerful Women," and was recently included in the Daily Record's "Maryland's Top 100 Women." Montgomery County Business and Professional Women's Club chose her as its 2000 "Woman of the Year." She also received the Charles Willis Award for outstanding school board service from the Maryland Association of Boards of Education.

Ms. Praisner is on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Counties (NACo) and chairs its Telecommunications Subcommittee of the Telecommunications and Technology Steering Committee, which she formerly chaired. She is also a former chair of NACo's Human Services and Education Steering Committee and its Education, Children and Families Subcommittee. Ms. Praisner is also Vice Chair of the Federal Communications Commission's Local and State Government Advisory Committee.

Ms. Praisner represents Montgomery County on the Maryland Association of Counties' (MACo) Legislative Committee and is MACo's second vice president. She was formerly MACo treasurer, secretary and chair of its Education Committee.

Prior to her election to the County Council, Ms. Praisner served on the Montgomery County Board of Education (1982-90), twice as its president (1984 and 1987). She was president of the Maryland Association of Boards of Education and president of the National Federation of Urban-Suburban School Districts.

Ms. Praisner was a Branch Chief and staff member for the Deputy Director of Intelligence for the Central Intelligence Agency during her 16-year career with CIA.

Known for her advocacy on children's issues, Ms. Praisner has served as Second Vice President of the Montgomery County Council of PTAs, on the National Governors Association Intergovernmental Workgroup on Children's Issues, the Board of Directors of the Maryland Congress of Parents and Teachers, the Executive Committee of Children's International Summer Villages and the Montgomery County Drug Abuse Advisory Council.

Ms. Praisner also served on the Board of Directors of Suburban Maryland Fair Housing.

A graduate of Douglass College, Rutgers University with a degree in journalism, Ms. Praisner also completed the paralegal program at the University of Maryland. A 34-year resident of Calverton, she is married to Donald Praisner. They have three children, all of whom graduated from Paint Branch High School, and three grandchildren.


Biography last updated March 2008