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 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 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 2021, Henson established the Legal Education Success Collaborative, a partnership between Maryland's Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and Maryland's law schools, to provide law school scholarships, mentoring and networking opportunities for law school bound HBCU students.  In 2022, Henson authorized new agents within the University of Maryland Agriculture and Food Systems (AgFS) Extension Program to provide technical support, assistance and research for expansion of urban farming. Also in 2022, Henson reclassified attorneys appointed in the State Office of Public Defender to merit based employees able to elect collective bargaining.  In 2022, Henson sponsored a pair of bills, effective June 30, 2022 and July 1, 2022, respectively, that eliminate the business personal property tax (HB268) for 14,000 small businesses and provide tax free medical supplies (HB364). Additionally in 2022, Henson sponsored a bill to provide independence and increased operating funding for the Banneker Douglass Museum and the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture (HB1048). 

 

In 2020, Henson founded a law firm based in Annapolis, MD where she is lead 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.

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Delegate Shaneka Henson '06 represents her district and Coppin with pride

Shaneka T. Henson, Esq. received her B.S. in Criminal Justice in ’06. She continued her education and received her JD from the University of Baltimore and was admitted to the Bar in 2010. And as if she could not add another accomplishment to her list, this go-getter represents Annapolis and surrounding counties as a member of the Maryland House of Delegates.

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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.