This week's guest: Maryland Democratic Rep. Albert Wynn

Democratic Congressman Albert R. Wynn represents the 4th Congressional District of Maryland, which includes parts of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties. He defines his mission in Congress as helping to expand economic opportunity for all Americans.

Elected in 1992, Wynn currently serves on the Commerce Committee, where he is a member of the Subcommittee on Telecommunications, Trade and Consumer Protection and the Subcommittee on Energy and Power. The Commerce Committee has jurisdiction over issues, including telecommunications, trade, utility regulation, energy, health, securities and biotechnology. 

Wynn is also a member of the Democratic Message Group, is a Deputy Democratic Whip, and represents the Congressional Black Caucus on the newly-created Caucus Democratic Leadership Council.

Wynn is known as an advocate for federal employees and small business development. Throughout his tenure in Congress, he has fought to protect the salaries and benefits of federal employees. He also has led efforts to end discrimination in the federal workforce. Wynn has co-sponsored important legislation on increasing the minimum wage, job training and increasing access to child care.

During the 105th Congress, Wynn successfully passed legislation to improve federal contracting opportunities for small and minority businesses. As a result of his many efforts on behalf of small businesses, he received the Small Business Administration Administrator’s Leadership Award.

Prior to his election to Congress, Wynn founded the law office of Albert R, Wynn and Associates.  That same year, he was elected to the Maryland legislature, where he served for a decade, first as a member of the House of Delegates and later in the Maryland Senate, where he was Deputy Majority Whip.

He has also served as director of the Prince George’s County Consumer Protection Commission.

Wynn received his B.S. in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh in 1973. After a year of graduate study in Public Administration at Howard University, Wynn entered Georgetown University and earned his law degree in 1977.   He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

Wynn and his wife Gaines have one daughter.