Welcome and thank you for visiting my website. My name is Bonnie Cullison and I have served the residents of District 19 and Maryland for the last 8 years in the House of Delegates. I am grateful to have been re-elected so that I can continue to serve.
I have lived and worked in Montgomery County for 37 years, first as a special educator in the Montgomery County Public Schools and and then as a teacher leader in the Montgomery County Education Association (MCEA). I was president of MCEA from 2003—2009. That is when I really learned how essential it is to have all perspectives—all voices– in elected office to make a difference for those who are confronted by barriers at every turn.
I am a proud Democrat — I have worked throughout my adult life to teach, empower and include people of all ages, ethnic and economic backgrounds, and physical and mental abilities. I recognize their inherent dignity, and their right and ability to participate, contribute and thrive in society. It is my deeply held belief in equity that provides the framework for my policy decisions in Annapolis.
My commitment to this work in the House has been recognized—I was appointed a deputy majority whip in my first term and Chair of the Insurance subcommittee in my second. I am known as someone who works well with advocates on all sides of the issue; I have been successful at getting consensus, good policy, and bills passed.
In the last 8 years, I have been fortunate to be a part of some great policy-making that began with understanding and respect for all.
We’ve worked to guarantee continuing health care to Marylanders, extend health care to foster children aging out, expand nurse practitioners roles for greater access, and expand the roles of school-based health centers. I am acutely aware of disability and accessibility issues, and have successfully worked on those policies as well.
We’ve passed some of the strongest gun control laws in the country, including this year’s ban on bump stocks, preventing the transformation of rifles into machine guns. We also passed a red flag law, enabling the removal of guns from those who are likely to harm themselves or others.
I’m proud to have been part of passing Maryland’s Marriage Equality Act and the lead House sponsor of the anti-conversion bill just signed by the governor. That bill protects LGBTQ youth from being harmed by being considered “broken.”
And we all can be proud of the fact that Maryland maintained its national AAA bond rating through one of the worst recessions in history. We did it by making really tough budget decisions in Annapolis, but always with an eye toward taking care of people.
I have been a member of the District 19 community for 20 years. I am committed to providing opportunities for a good quality of life for everyone, not only here in Aspen Hill, but throughout the state.
Please browse this site to find out more about my legislative priorities, my background, or to volunteer or contact us!
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