About Jimmy

Jimmy was elected in November 2014 as a MD State Delegate representing District 47A in Prince George’s County. 

Jimmy serves on the Ways and Means Committee of the House of Delegates and is on the Revenue and Election Subcommittees.  He is also a member of the Latino and Women's Caucus in the General Assembly

Jimmy recently retired from the Vice President for the Communications Workers of America where he was the Assistant to the Vice President. His territory covered Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Delaware.  The CWA has over 600,000 members in the telecommunications, airline, publishing broadcasting, and manufacturing industries and in the public sector.

His job responsibilities included negotiating collective bargaining contracts, defending workers in arbitration cases,  lobbying for public polices to help working people, and electing candidates who support working families.  He has been a life long activist for progressive causes and a union representative for over thirty-five years. 

Jimmy grew up in New York City, raised his family in New Jersey and currently is a resident of Mt. Rainier, Maryland where he was a City Councilman for the 7 years before he was elected State Delegate.  He previously had been a member of the Prince George’s Cable Television Commission and of the Maryland State Telecommunications Tax Commission. 

He received his Bachelor of Arts in History from Princeton University and has a Masters Degree in Computer Science from Villanova University and a Masters of Arts in Labor Relations from Rutgers University.  

Jimmy is married to the cellist Jodi Beder and has two children, Swami Adi Parashakiantanda who lives in California and Becky who is a Professor at Penn State University