Shane Pendergrass is an American politician from Maryland and a member of the Democratic Party. She is serving in her 4th term in the Maryland House of Delegates, representing Maryland's District 13 in Howard County. She currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Health and Government Operations Committee.
Pendergrass served on the Economic Matters Committee from 1995-2002, sitting as Vice Chair of the Science and Technology Committee from 1999 until 2002, when she was assigned to the newly-created Health and Government Operations Committee (“HGO”). In 2005, she chaired the Health Occupations Subcommittee; since 2006 she has been Chair of the Health Insurance Subcommittee. Pendergrass served as the House of Delegates' Deputy Majority Leader in 2007. She has also served since 2007 on the Legislative Policy Committee, which supervises and coordinates the standing committees of the General Assembly and the Rules and Executive Nominations Committee.
Pendergrass' committee assignments led her to develop an interest and expertise in health insurance issues. Over the course of her legislative career, she has sponsored numerous bills with the goal of making health care accessible and effective for Marylanders, including a 2001 bill to provide affordable prescription drug coverage to seniors, which was ultimately incorporated in a comprehensive health bill which became law. Pendergrass also sponsored successful legislation halting the proposed conversion of CareFirst Blue Cross/Blue Shield to for-profit status and establishing increased oversight of the CareFirst Board of Directors. She was active in the Medical Malpractice workgroup and sponsored a successful law in 2006 requiring public reporting of Healthcare-Associated Infections rates in the state-mandated “Hospital Report Card.”
|Guy Guzzone, Democratic||26,891||22.3%||Won|
|Shane Pendergrass, Democratic||26,633||22.1%||Won|
|Frank S. Turner, Democratic||24,437||20.3%||Won|
|Mary Beth Tung, Republican||15,216||12.6%||Lost|
|Rick Bowers , Republican||13,665||11.4%||Lost|
|Loretta Gaffney, Republican||13,466||11.2%||Lost|