As an elected official since 2017, Shaneka continues to serve her community of Annapolis, where she was born and raised.
Shaneka Henson was born and raised in Annapolis, Maryland, and attended Coppin State University, where she graduated in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. Shaneka continued her educational pursuits and attended the University of Baltimore, receiving her Juris Doctorate in Law.
Before joining the Maryland Legislature, Shaneka spent almost ten years as a practicing attorney for the Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney Office and the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA). Shaneka continues her passion for the law as a partner in her firm, Johnson Legal Group, LLC.
Born into a family that changes communities and impacts the world, it was no surprise that Shaneka would be elected in 2017 to represent Ward 6 in the Annapolis City Council. As a council member and Alderwoman in 2018, Henson would continuously advocate for and implement laws protecting the City of Annapolis and its residents. In acknowledgment of her advocacy and commitment to the community, in May 2019, Shaneka was appointed as an American Democratic member of the Maryland House of Delegates in May 2019, replacing the late Michael E. Busch.
Shaneka currently serves on several committees, including the Appropriations Committee subcommittees for health and social services, as well as the oversight committee on pensions.
Chair, Anne Arundel County Capital Budget Subcommittee, House of Delegates (2021 - current)
Chair, Anne Arundel County Public Health Subcommittee, House of Delegates (2021 - 2022)
Chair, Housing & Human Welfare Committee, Annapolis City Council (2017 - 2019)
MD House of Delegates Appropriations Committee (2019 - present)
Anne Arundel County Bar Association Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland (2019 - present)
Legislative Women’s Caucus of MD (2019 - present)
Legislative Latino Caucus of MD (2019 - present)
MD House of Delegates Human & Health Services Subcommittee, Appropriations (2019 - present)
Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA)
Maryland Sexual Assault Evidence Kit Policy and Funding Committee (2021 - present)
Joint Committee on Children, Youth & Families (2021 - 2022)
Few of Many Award, Anne Arundel County 2020
Fannie Lou Hammer Award, Anne Arundel County 2021
Trailblazer Award, Annapolis Juneteenth 2022
Shaneka is proudly married to her husband, an educator at Annapolis Middle School. Together, the couple raises their teenage son, a recent graduate from the Anne Arundel Public Schools system, and a freshman at Morgan State University.
There’s no day off for Shaneka Henson. When she isn’t on the floor lobbying to protect the rights of District 30-A residents or attending community events, she’s pouring into her creative hobbies such as interior design or attending live poetry and music performances.