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Former State Senator Currie Dies

December 27th, 2019 by WCBC Radio

Former state Sen. Ulysses Currie has died. The Prince George's County Democrat was 82.

“Senator Currie’s story is the story of the best of our state and this country," Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller said in a statement. "He grew up the son of a sharecropper in North Carolina, and was the first in his family to graduate from college. After serving in the US Army, he received his Masters degree in education and spent 30 years as a teacher and principal in Prince George’s County. He was a valued member of the Senate, and was loved by all who came in contact with him. He was a colleague, mentor, and friend, and I will miss him very much. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife the Reverend Shirley Gravely-Currie and his entire family on their loss."

Away from the legislature, Currie worked for 25 years as an educator in Prince George's County.

Currie first came to Annapolis as a delegate in 1986, rising to become House majority whip. He moved to the state Senate in 1994. He once chaired the Senate Budget Committee, but stepped down from that chairmanship after he was indicted for failing to disclose lobbying work on behalf of the Shoppers grocery chain. He was acquitted but was nevertheless censured by the state Senate.

Currie resigned in 2016.

 

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