The Office of Government Relations serves as the primary point of contact between Coppin State University, the Office of the President, as well as state and federal government offices and legislative bodies. This office works with elected officials, executive branch leaders and other universities to develop and implement strategies and programs to achieve public funding goals and to foster positive and effective ongoing relationships.
The General Assembly begins on the second Wednesday in January of each year and runs through mid-April. The session lasts for 90 consecutive calendar days. The final day of session is called "Sine Die."
The President travels to Annapolis regularly during the legislative session to meet with state legislators to fully represent Coppin State University and its needs, priorities and accomplishments.
The President also delivers testimony on key issues affecting the University, including the University's budget request. He works with the University System of Maryland (USM) Board of Regents, the chancellor, other USM presidents, Governor's Office, and the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) on Maryland's higher education issues.
The President talks to legislators throughout the year through on-campus visits, telephone, and Annapolis visits to educate members about the University. He also hosts legislator visits on campus.
The President is the University's official representative to the General Assembly. The Associate Vice President for Public Policy and Government Relations serves as the University's liaison to state legislators in Annapolis and the University's federal representatives.
Among the many ways that you can participate in the legislative process are contacting your home legislator or attending public hearings. Contact your legislators to discuss important issues. You will find contract information for your State legislator on the Maryland State Archives web site.
For information on pending legislation, please visit the Maryland General Assembly website. If you have the legislation's bill number, you can simply type the bill number into the search engine to find bill information, description, sponsor and status.
Federal, State, and Local Elected Officials
- Senator Ben Cardin
- Senator Christopher Van Hollen, Jr.
- Congressman Kweisi Mfume (7th Congressional District)
Maryland State District 40 Representatives
- Senator Antonio L. Hayes
- Delegate Frank M. Conaway, Jr.
- Delegate Marlon Amprey
- Delegate Melissa Wells