Secretary of Planning, February 13, 2015 to July 6, 2016. Resigned July 6, 2016. Acting Secretary of Planning, January 21 to February 13, 2015.
Member, City Council, Havre de Grace, 1979-85. Mayor of Havre de Grace, 1985-89, 2001-05.
Member, House of Delegates, representing District 34 (Harford County), 1991-94. Member, Constitutional and Administrative Law Committee, 1991-92; Ways and Means Committee, 1992-93 (education subcommittee); Commerce and Government Matters Committee, 1994. Vice-Chair, Harford County Delegation, 1993.
Member of Senate, representing District 34 (Harford County), 1995-99. Member, Joint Committee to Study Mandates on Local Government, 1995-97; Economic and Environmental Affairs Committee, 1995-99 (education subcommittee; health subcommittee); Executive Nominations Committee, 1995-99; Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics, 1995-99; Joint Committee on Protocol. Chair, Harford County Delegation, 1998-99.
Member, Task Force to Review the State's Election Law, 1995; Task Force on Maryland's Dairy Industry, 1995-97; Maryland Tourism Development Board, 1995-98; Maryland Civil War Heritage Commission, 1995-99; Commission to Revise the Election Code, 1996-97; Maryland Commission for Celebration 2000, 1997-99; Advisory Committee on Transportation Goals, Benchmarks, and Indicators, 2003-08.
County Executive (Republican), Harford County, July 7, 2005 to December 1, 2014. Member, Governor's Commission on the Administration of Elections, 2005-06; Governor's Task Force on Workforce Housing, 2005-06. Board of Estimates, Harford County, 2005-14. Board of Directors, Baltimore Metropolitan Council, 2005-14 (vice-chair, 2006, 2013; chair, 2007). Board of Visitors, R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, University of Maryland Medical System, 2005-14. Member, Cecil/Harford Bridges Work Group, 2006; Local Government Subcommittee, Base Realignment and Closure Subcabinet, 2007-11. Chair, Baltimore Regional Transportation Board, 2012-14 (member, 2005-14; vice-chair, 2009-12). Executive Board, Northeastern Maryland Additive Manufacturing Innovation Authority, 2014. Member, Task Force to Study Vocational and Technical Education Programs in Harford County, 2014.
Member, Governor-elect's Transition Team, 2014-15. Executive Committee, Joint Land Use Study, Aberdeen Proving Ground, 2015.
Executive Director, Maryland World War I Centennial Commission, 2016-20. Member, Governor's Commission on Maryland Military Monuments, 2020-.
Born in Havre de Grace, Maryland, June 12, 1949. Attended Havre de Grace High School; Towson State College, B.S. (history), 1971; Morgan State University, M.A., 1983. Former Assistant Principal, Magnolia, Aberdeen and Southampton Middle Schools. Delegate, Republican Party National Convention, 1992. President, Maryland Municipal League, 2005. Board of Trustees, Maryland Historical Society, 2005-. Board of Directors, Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore, 2005-; County Executives of America, 2008-. Board of Directors, Maryland Association of Counties, 2011- (legislative committee, 2005-; treasurer, 2007; 2nd vice-president, 2008; 1st vice-president, 2009; president, 2010). Harford County Chair, Mitt Romney Campaign, 2012. Delegate, Republican Party National Convention, 2012. Life member, Susquehanna Museum; Friends of Concord Point Lighthouse; Havre de Grace Decoy Museum; Havre de Grace Maritime Museum. Member, Sons of the American Legion, Post 47; Boy Scouts of America Troop 967 (past district chair, Harford County). Virginia Scotten Award, Harford County Republican Party, 1987. Silver Beaver Award, Baltimore Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, 2009. Innovator of the Year, Daily Record, 2011. First Citizen Award, Maryland Senate, 2021. Married; three children; eight grandchildren.
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