SENATOR NICK CHARLES
Work in Motion: Doing, Not Just Discussing
Senator Nick Charles was appointed to the Maryland State Senate on December 5, 2023, after having served 5 years in the Maryland House of Delegates, replacing former Senator Melony Griffith. He was first elected representing over 119K constituents in Maryland’s 25th Legislative District on November 6, 2018, and re-elected to his second term in the Maryland House of Delegates on November 6, 2022 and was sworn in on January 11, 2023.
District 25 encompasses major landmarks, such as Andrew's Air Force Base and Prince George's Community College. The district is comprised of 2 municipalities (The City of District Heights and Town of Morningside) and multiple unincorporated communities (Forestville, Capitol Heights, Suitland, Largo, Kettering, Mitchellville, Clinton, Temple Hills, Westphalia, and Upper Marlboro) in Prince George’s County.
In the Senate, he serves as a member of the Judicial Proceedings Committee, which is assigned legislation relating to constitutional amendments; corporations and associations; correctional facilities and services; criminal and civil laws, penalties, and procedures; family law; human relations; judicial administration and court structure; juvenile justice; law enforcement organizations; the legal profession; legal rights and immunities; public safety; real property, including landlord and tenant laws; trusts and estates; and vehicle laws, including drunk driving.
Additionally, he continues to serve on the Maryland Procurement Improvement Council (PIC), now as the Senate member where he continues his advocacy for equity and inclusion on behalf of small and minority businesses. He was also appointed by the Senate President to serve on the Maryland Entertainment Council to study and make recommendations regarding Maryland's film, television, and entertainment industry.
While serving in the House, he was the Chairman of the influential Prince George’s County House Delegation and a member of the House Ways and Means Committee for 2 years after having served his first 3 years on the House Health and Government Operations Committee. In 2023, he was appointed by Speaker Adrienne Jones to serve as Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus, which supported 102 Members out of 141 in the House of Delegates and as Chair of the Local Revenues Subcommittee of the Ways and Means Committee. Additionally, he served as House member on the Maryland Procurement Improvement Council (PIC) and State Joint Audit Committee where he works to hold state agencies accountable and makes sure Prince George’s County gets its fair share.
Senator Charles also serves on various boards; the Greater Baden Medical Services Board where they provide free and reduced cost for healthcare services; Community Legal Services of Prince George's County Board where they provide free attorney services for families facing evictions; and the Children's Rights Fund where they advocate on behalf of families.
He is a proud lifelong Prince Georgian and graduate of the Prince Georges County Public School System. He graduated from Benjamin D. Foulois Elementary School of Morningside, Eugene Burroughs Middle School of Accokeek, and Largo Senior High School of Upper Marlboro.
Senator Charles is also an Air Force veteran. He was awarded 2 Air Force Achievement Medals for his distinguished military service. His meritorious service with the 60th Fighter Squadron during Operation Noble Eagle for his support role of air patrol missions over the Nation’s Capital and Air Force One escorts following 9/11 garnered him recognition with the presentation of the Air Force Achievement Medal. His efforts in the 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron were instrumental in the declaration of the F-22A Initial Operational Capability resulting in another presentation of the Air Force Achievement Medal.
Prior to being elected he served 6 years on the Forest Spring Community Association Board of Directors in Forestville, Maryland, representing 125 homes and over 300 residents. There he served as Board President for 5 years. Because of his Air Force service and background representing the Forestville community, he was then appointed by Prince George's County Council Chairman, 6th District Councilmember Derrick Leon Davis to the Joint Base Andrews Naval Air Facility Implementation Committee. The JLUS Implementation Committee oversaw the implementation of the Military Installation Overlay Zone (MIOZMA) which contains land use regulations and development review procedures for properties in the vicinity of Joint Base Andrews with the Prince George's County Planning Department.
Senator Charles received an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science (AAS) in Aviation Management from the Community College of the Air Force and a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Procurement and Public Contracting from the University of the District of Columbia.
He holds membership in the following organizations: American Legion Post 275, Prince Georges County Young Democrats, and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated where he serves as the 2nd District of Omega Psi Phi's Legislative Advocacy Sub-Committee Chairman for the District's Fatherhood and Mentoring Committee. He is also a member of and worships at Freedom Way Missionary Baptist Church where he is a member of the Men's Ministry.