Mike Ukoha
Chief Delegate

House of Delegates 2024

PTA Caucus Representative
Alternate Delegate

The House of Delegates, is an APTA policymaking body that comprises voting delegates (chapters, sections/ academies, and PTA Engagement Group, and nonvoting delegates (the Board of Directors, ACAPT, APTA Student Engagement Group, Ethics and Judicial Committee, and Bylaws and House Documents Committee), and consultants.

The House meets annually, making decisions on issues that may have far-reaching implications for the association and for the profession of physical therapy. The House also elects national leaders including the APTA Board of Directors and APTA Nominating Committee.

Chief Delegate Corner
(members only)
To keep up with House happenings and updates on the motion concepts, please continue to check in with our Chief Delegates' Corner updates. We will keep you infomred throughout the year and provide you with information and resources on the big issues.

Once the motions are released in Packet 1 (a compilation of all motions), all Maryland Chapter members will be able to participate in a survey to provide their opinions and thoughts about the various motions.

The results of the survey will be provided to the delegation for feedback and discussion. In addition, the Chief Delegate presents the upcoming motions to the delegation at the Chapter’s Spring Conference and in the April Chapter Newsletter.

Please contact our Chief Delegate, Linda Horn, at any time if you have questions or concerns.

Must be an APTA Maryland Physical Therapist member

The Maryland chapter elects a PTA Engagement Group Representative and an Alternate PTA Representative to serve a representative to the National PTA Engagement Group and to represent the PTA’s interests, needs, and issues in APTA governance. 

At the 2023 House, RC-25 was passed which permits components the right to seat 1 PTA as a  delegate. Once the APTA bylaws are updated, the Maryland Chapter will be able to elect/appoint a PTA as a delegate.

The APTA of Maryland delegation includes the Chapter President and Chief Delegate, along with 5 delegates. The Chapter also has one official Alternate Delegate, along with other backup alternate delegates; they are elected in the Fall of each year.

In odd years, the Chapter also elects a Chief Delegate Elect who will serve as an alternate delegate until their term as Chief begins.

Delegates serve for a 2-year term at the close of the Fall meeting following their election. A delegate may serve up to 3 consecutive terms.  Alternate delegates serve for 1 year.

APTAMD holds elections each year for one SPT and one SPTA to attend the upcoming House of DelegatesApplications to apply are open through Dec. 1st annually at 11:59 pm.  Only student members of the APTA of Maryland may apply and vote.

The delegation meets 1 day during the year in May or June in a centrally located venue.  We also hold 3-4 conference calls. The actual number of meetings may vary depending on how many motions are being brought forth or co-sponsored by the chapter.

Delegates are also expected travel to and attend the APTA House of Delegates, which is traditionally held virtually 1 day in July for board elections and 2  days in person in August.

Delegates, Alternate delegates, the Chief Delegate and the President are all elected during our Fall elections.  If you’d like to run for a delegate position, contact a member of the Nominating Committee.

Alternate delegates provide a pool of qualified members who can fill the term of an elected delegate, should the elected delegate need to resign their position for any reason. Alternate delegates are expected to attend and participate in all delegate meetings. Currently, the Maryland chapter provides some funding for the official Alternate Delegate to attend the APTA House of Delegates and additional funding is determined for remaining alternates throughout the year.

House of Delegates Community

Materials related to the House of Delegates may be accessed by all APTA members within the House of Delegates Community. This House of Delegates Community serves as an area to house important documents, hold discussions, and communicate information about the House of Delegates.

The Community is accessible to all APTA members; however, only Chief, Section, and Assembly Delegates, or their designees, members of the APTA Board of Directors, Reference Committee, Nominating Committee, and APTA Staff may post to Discussion Boards.(Please note that you must be logged into the Web site in order for the link to work.) For tips on how access content within the community, use the House of Delegates Community Cheat Sheet (.pdf)

Contact APTA House Governance Staff

Please note that the governance email for handling questions and
business related to the House is: