C. Anthony Muse (D-MD-Senate)
C. Anthony Muse
C. Anthony Muse Senatorial Candidate Maryland
Biography of C. Anthony Muse from Muse for Maryland
As a young boy growing up on the streets of Baltimore City, C. Anthony Muse learned early that to go anywhere in this life, you need courage, determination and a resilient spirit.
Having never known his biological father and having been separated as a pre-teen from his biological mother, left virtually alone and on his own, young Anthony found himself shuffled from one foster home and foster family to another. The turmoil in his life led him on a journey through 11 different foster homes. Kicked out of three public school systems, Anthony was told he would never achieve academically. Finally, a United Methodist pastor who had seven children of his own took young Anthony in. While living in the home of Rev. George Alvin Stansbury, Anthony found love, acceptance, stability and direction. There he learned lessons that would become the foundation of all that he would come to believe in. There he learned that through education, hard work and steadfast integrity, life’s obstacles could become life’s opportunities…that to achieve anything worthwhile in life, one must never give up and must never forget people who helped along the way.
At the age of 19, Anthony himself became a young pastor who helped to strengthen the spirits of his congregation while advocating for the issues that impacted the quality of their daily lives.
Anthony went on to earn three degrees, a bachelors from Morgan State University, a masters from Wesley Theological Seminary and a doctorate from Howard University.
Today, C. Anthony Muse is senior pastor of one of Prince George’s County’s most prominent churches; and he’s never stopped working to improve the quality of life for the citizens of his community. For 20 years he has actively served them through civic and political involvement.
Muse is currently serving his second term as a senator representing Maryland’s 26th Legislative District. He is a member of the Senate Finance Committee, Joint Committee on Healthcare Delivery and Finance, Human Services & Welfare Committee, the Maryland Medicaid Advisory Committee and he chairs the Fair Practices and State Personnel Oversight Committee. He serves as co-chair of Prince George’s County’s senate delegation. He is a former member of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee.
As senator, he has been an effective, conscientious and courageous leader who not only cares about people, but has the courage to FIGHT for them. He is currently fighting to put people to work and to raise the minimum wage for Maryland workers, which statistics show could help pump one-billion dollars back into the state’s economy. He has sought funding to investigate the Washington region’s escalating cancer epidemic to determine what role the region’s water, air and soil have played in contributing to rising cancer rates, and whether pollution from factories and plants are contributing factors. Muse co-sponsored legislation that for the first time put tax dollars directly back into the pockets of county homeowners in the form of a tax rebate. He has sponsored legislation to give tax breaks to seniors and to lower taxes for veterans. He has supported legislation to help those with physical and mental disabilities. He has also been tough on crime, supporting legislation to get illegal guns off the streets, to provide funding to improve public safety, and to toughen penalties against child predators.
Muse is a former member of the House of Delegates where he served on the powerful Ways and Means Committee. In the House, he fought for better public education, better teacher pay, smaller classrooms, and a more effective system for evaluating student success. He worked side-by-side with labor unions for fair wages and labor practices.
Muse is a former member of the National Conference of State Legislatures, a former member of the Task Force to Study Group Homes, Education & Placement, and a former Maryland State Ethics Commissioner.
Biography of C. Anthony Muse from the Maryland State Archives
Member of Senate since January 10, 2007. Member, Finance Committee, 2011-; Joint Committee on Health Care Delivery and Financing, 2007-. Senate Chair, Joint Committee on Fair Practices and State Personnel Oversight, 2011-. Member, Judicial Proceedings Committee, 2007-10; Joint Committee on Children, Youth, and Families, 2007-10. Member, Prince George’s County Delegation, 2007- (chair, 2008-09). Member, Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland, 2007-. Member, National Conference of State Legislatures (human services & welfare committee, 2007-).
Member of House of Delegates, 1995-99. Member, Ways and Means Committee, 1995-99 (transportation subcommittee). Member, Task Force to Study County Property-Tax Setoffs and Related Fiscal Issues, 1997. Chaplain, Maryland Legislative Black Caucus, 1995-99. Member, Bi-County Affairs Committee, Prince George’s County Delegation.
Past member, Foster Care Review Board, Prince George’s County; Teacher Advisory Council, Baltimore City. Member, State Ethics Commission, 1987-92; Task Force to Examine the State’s Cemetery and Funeral Industry, 1996. Co-Chair, Task Force on the Education of Homeless Children and Youth in Maryland, 1997-99. Member, Governor-elect’s Transition Team, 2002-03; Task Force to Study Rent Stabilization for the Elderly in Prince George’s County, 2007; Task Force to Study Group-Home Education and Placement Practices, 2007-08; Task Force to Study Thoroughbred Horse Racing at Rosecroft Raceway, 2008; Task Force to Study Locations in Prince George’s County Best Suited for Use by State Agencies, 2008-09; Maryland Medicaid Advisory Committee, 2008-. Co-Chair, Task Force to Study How to Improve Financial Literacy in the State, 2008-10.
Born in Baltimore, Maryland, April 17, 1958. Morgan State University, B.A. (history), 1981; Wesley Theological Seminary, M.Div., 1984; Howard University, Doctor of Ministry, Church and Community Development, 1991. Founder and Senior Pastor, Ark of Safety Christian Church, Upper Marlboro. Former Senior Pastor, Gibbons United Methodist Church, Brandywine. Former pastor, Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, Ellicott City; Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church, Catonsville. Youth Program Coordinator, Washington East District, Baltimore-Washington Area Methodist Conference. Teacher and lecturer, United Methodist School of Christian Growth. Member, South County Economic Development Association; Clergy United. Board of Directors, American Red Cross; Greater Southeast Community Hospital; Prince George’s Community Ministries (past president). Past President, Southern Maryland Ministers’ Alliance. Executive Board, Southern Maryland Area Self Help. Former member, Advisory Committee, Wesley Theological Seminary. Past participant, Aftercare Program, Prince George’s County Corrections Department. Past chaplain, Howard County Police Department. E. Stanley Jones Award. Outstanding Citizen Award, Baltimore County Chapter, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Community Service Award, Howard County Council. Community Service Award, Baltimore County Executive. Outstanding Young Men of America, Jaycees (twice a recipient). Married.