Delegate District 30A
My Delegate Fights for Us!
As an elected official since 2017, Shaneka Henson entered the Maryland House of Delegates after the passing of Maryland's beloved former Speaker Mike Busch. Her bold and passionate leadership is here to pave the way and change the narrative in Annapolis.
Henson Asks Board of Education for New Tyler Heights Elementary School
Annapolis Alderwoman Shaneka Henson enjoyed her time at Tyler Heights Elementary School as a child. But her school is the same one children attend now. A revitalization for the building has been approved, but Henson told the Board of Education on Wednesday to consider replacing the school.
About Shaneka Henson
Born to Serve | Here to Lead
Shaneka Henson is a Democratic member of the Maryland House of Delegates appointed in May 2019 to follow the late Michael E. Busch. In October 2019 House Speaker Adrienne A. Jones assigned Henson to serve on the Appropriations Committee led by Baltimore Democrat Del. Maggie McIntosh.
Henson was previously a member of the Annapolis City Council representing Ward 6 from December 4, 2017 to April 29, 2019. In June 2017 Henson was endorsed by the Maryland League of Conservation Voters followed by a coveted endorsement from the Sierra Club Maryland Chapter in October 2017.
In 2020, Henson sponsored a bill that took effect October 1, 2020 that would allow incarcerated parents to have their child support order frozen while imprisoned if they are serving a jail sentence of 180 days or more. Prior to the law's passing, the threshold was 18 months. Henson introduced a bill that took effect October 1, 2020 to close a loophole in state law allowing the City of Annapolis to avoid the responsibility for inspecting and licensing public housing units like other rentals in the city.
In June 2020, during the coronavirus pandemic, Henson accepted an appointment to Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh's Access to Justice Housing Affordability Task Force to combat the anticipated surge in evictions and foreclosures resulting from job losses. In January 2021 House Speaker Adrienne Jones appointed Henson to the Maryland Sexual Assault Evidence Kit Policy and Funding Committee ("SAEK Committee").
In 2018, then Alderwoman on the Annapolis City Council, Henson sponsored an ordinance that took effect March 13, 2019 to protect the City from costly lawsuits stemming from special events, parades and trade shows. Henson sponsored a continuity of government charter amendment that took effect March 25, 2019 specifying the City’s succession plan for an absent or incapacitated Mayor.
In 2020, Henson founded a law firm based in Annapolis, MD where she is an attorney. Henson previously worked as an attorney in the Maryland Office of Attorney General for Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler from 2013 to 2014 and for Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh from 2014 to 2019. Henson was previously an attorney for the YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County where she represented women and men fleeing domestic abuse.
Issues & Political Concerns
fighting For Us
Shaneka Henson believes that safe, affordable, and non-discriminatory housing for all is a human right. Henson fights for public and private expansion of affordable housing implemented with sustainable, smart growth strategies.
Shaneka Henson is a passionate advocate for open and equitable access to health and wellness resources/services. Henson fights for health education, growth and preservation of public parks/recreation, workplace safety, and preventative care. Henson pushes for expansions to public healthcare and access to healthcare for all.
Shaneka Henson is proud to support and push for the use of clean & renewable energy, water quality regulations aligned with the Chesapeake Bay "pollution diet" and air quality standards (indoor and atmospheric) that sustain healthy communities. Henson believes supporting a healthy environment is critical to civilization worldwide.
Shaneka Henson fights for every student's opportunity to access high quality education regardless of their zip-code and family status. Henson tackles opportunity gaps in the education system head-on and fights to ensure that all students are prepared for success.
Shaneka Henson is committed to getting guns and other dangerous weapons out of places they don't belong and supporting survivors and communities impacted by violence. Henson fights for community-based public safety solutions that effectively respond to crime but increasingly prevent and deter its occurrence.
Worker Protections & Human Rights
Shaneka Henson is proud to support and fight for safe working conditions and equitably paid livable wages to workers with an ability to organize and engage collectively. Henson believes that the economic forces which contribute to human rights abuses must be confronted head-on.
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