|Shawn Z. Tarrant|
Maryland House of Delegates
January 10, 2007
|Preceded by||Catherine Pugh|
|Constituency||northwestern Baltimore City|
|Born||July 30, 1965
Freeport, New York, U.S.
|Children||Kayla and Shawn, Jr.|
|Occupation||Director of State Policy|
Shawn Z. Tarrant is an American politician who represents the 40th legislative district in the Maryland House of Delegates. Tarrant is a member of the House Health and Government Operations Committee, Insurance Subcommittee and Secretary to the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland.
Delegate Tarrant graduated from Norfolk State University in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Finance/Marketing. In Spring 1985, he became a member of the Epsilon Zeta Chpater of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. Delegate Tarrant is currently a life member of Kappa Alpha Psi and the Norfolk State University Baltimore Alumni Chapter. Tarrant has been employed for the past 17 years by Bristol-Myers Squibb Company. He currently serves as the Director of State Policy. In this role, he ensures patients with Medicaid as their insurance have access to the entire portfolio of life saving medications sold by Bristol-Myers Squibb. In previous positions, he has helped municipalities and cities conduct HIV/AIDS testing and awareness programs. Tarrant is married to Brenda McDaniels Tarrant, a chemistry teacher at the Baltimore City College. They are the parents of two children: Kayla, 13 and Shawn Jr., 12.
Prior to running for office, he was the president of Ashburton Area Association from 1994-1999, a community improvement group in his neighborhood. He created several long-standing programs and is most proud of success achieved in rezoning Ashburton to an R-1 zone status (i.e., allowing single family only dwellings). He is a frequent speaker on improving housing and zoning codes. Tarrant is also very committed to public school education serving 6 terms as a PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) board member and vice president of the PTO at his children’s public elementary school. He is the founder of “Tiger Pa’s,” a fathers’ group at his son’s school that encourages male parental involvement by having fathers coordinate and host special activities at the school.
Delegate Tarrant’s first (2007) session in the Maryland House of Delegates was a winning one—as he was the lead sponsor of three bills that became law; and co-sponsor to numerous pieces of legislation that became new laws.
During the four year term prior to Tarrant's candidacy for the House of Delegates, two of the delegates, Howard "Pete" Rawlings and Tony Fulton, died while in office. Marshall Goodwin and Catherine Pugh were appointed to finish their terms. Rawlings and Fulton were Democrats, as are Goodwin and Pugh. Prior to the 2006 Democratic primary, the only incumbent delegate in the district, Salima Marriott, decided to run for the Senate seat being vacated by the district's senator. Catherine Pugh also decided to run for the same seat leaving the newly appointed Goodwin as the only incumbent in the race. The vacancies drew a large crowd of contenders;  including Tarrant, Barbara Robinson and Frank M. Conaway, Jr., who all finished ahead of Goodwin. The General Election in November, therefore, featured all newcomers for the three open seats.
|Frank M. Conaway, Jr. Dem.||16,432||32.4%||Won|
|Barbara A. Robinson, Dem.||16,032||31.6%||Won|
|Shawn Z. Tarrant, Dem.||13,921||27.5%||Won|
|Jan E. Danforth, Green||4,135||8.2%||Lost|