Tommie Broadwater Obituary, Death – Jacqueline Broadwater said her father, former Maryland state Sen. Tommie Broadwater, received phone calls and visits from people seeking his advice and guidance on running for office even in his 80s. He was famous. He helped everyone. He advised everyone, especially candidates. The Godfather. “He loved people,” she said in a brief phone interview at her father’s Upper Marlboro estate.
Jacqueline Broadwater said her father died Tuesday at 3:17 p.m. 81 on June 9. She claimed Tuesday evening she didn’t know his death’s cause. Broadwater, one of 10, was born in Washington D.C. on June 9, 1942. He left Southeastern University in Washington, D.C., to sell insurance. Broadwater went from poor to rich. Lillian, his adolescent wife, and he had four children.
Broadwater joined the Glenarden Town Council in 1968. The county Democratic Central Committee elected him in 1970. In 1974, Prince George’s first Black senator was Broadwater. He was the first Black senator elected outside Baltimore. After a 1983 federal food stamp fraud conviction, Broadwater ran enterprises in the area and advised politicians.
He advised hundreds of Black leaders, including former Rep. Albert Wynn (D) and County Executive Wayne K. Curry, whom he babysat as a child. He supported others for years, including Bowie Mayor Tim Adams’ 2017 state Senate candidacy. Former Prince George’s County Board of Education Member Belinda Queen sent a mass email Tuesday evening with a picture of her and Broadwater. “The Godfather of Prince George’s: Gone but never forgotten.”
He’d discuss politics. He advised you. He advised runners. “He was honest,” Queen stated. Missing Tommie Broadwater. His godfather was unique.” “As the first black senator elected outside of Baltimore… I pioneered a path for other black candidates to enter politics, and I led the fight to unite black and white communities to achieve common goals and objectives for their communities and politics.
Queen remembered Broadwater serving ribs and chicken at his Fairmount Heights Ebony Inn, a bar, exotic dancing venue, and carryout BBQ shop while working as a bail bondsman. Broadwater brought ribs to Senate committee meetings from 1974 through 1983 to ensure Budget and Taxation colleagues attended. In May and last month, county leaders celebrated Broadwater’s work at Glenarden Municipal Center and Bowie State University.
“Glenarden had 300 people for him. Then dominated Bowie State. Jacqueline Broadwater stated they handed him plaques and other stuff. Broadwater was honored on social media late Tuesday. Mario Williams, a Fairmont Heights alum, posted on Facebook, “Fairmont Heights High School bids farewell to our esteemed alum, Tommie Broadwater, a distinguished member of the Class of 1961. “Fairmount Heights High School mourns a remarkable individual who will forever be remembered for his contributions and compassion.”
“We lost a big giant…in our community today,” community activist and entrepreneur LaTasha Ward wrote on Facebook. “Thank God for sitting with him. He cared for his community!” Broadwater attended events like the J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake in Somerset County on the Eastern Shore in recent years. “I’m comfortable here,” Broadwater stated in July 2018. I visit my old friends, new acquaintances, and political newcomers. I like camaraderie.”