About Us

Senator Jim Rosapepe is a champion of working and retired families, who has strongly supported efforts to create jobs, expand health insurance, and protect senior citizens. He has fought to improve local public schools, boost the University of Maryland, and clean up the Chesapeake Bay. In 2006, Jim was elected to the Maryland Senate where he serves on the Finance Committee and as a member of the Senate Democratic Leadership, and Co-chair of the Joint Technology Committee. In November 2015, he became Chair of the Prince George's Senate Delegation.

Delegate Joseline Peña-Melnyk lives in College Park with her husband and three children. She has made a career working in the public interest as a prosecutor for the Department of Justice, a guardian for foster children, and as a court-appointed defense attorney. Joseline is fluent in written and spoken Spanish. She is House Chair of the Public Health Subcommittee and sits on the Health and Government Operations Committee. In 2014 she became the founding chair of the Maryland Latino Legislative Caucus.

Delegate Ben Barnes has worked professionally as an advocate for civil rights and is currently a practicing community lawyer. As a Delegate, Ben has sponsored legislation to protect victims of domestic violence, to hold banks and big business accountable, and to advance civil rights. Ben serves as Chief Deputy Majority Whip and sits on the Appropriations Committee. He’s also House Chair of the Joint Committee on Pensions and the Oversight Committee on Pensions

Council Member Mary Lehman lives in West Laurel with her husband and four children.  Prior to entering public service, she was a College Park graduate and a journalist focused on environmental issues.  Elected to the Prince George’s County Council in 2010, she has served on the Public Safety and Fiscal Management Committee, the Rules and General Assembly Committee and the Transportation, Housing and Environment Committee. She is currently the Chair of the Health, Education and Human Services Committee. In the past ten years, she passed legislation to ban fracking in Prince George’s County, worked to ensure that seniors have access to resources, provided grants to ensure students have access to expanded programming, and lobbied for volunteer firefighters to have access to health benefits and retirement funds.