[photo, C. Ronald Franks, Maryland Secretary of Natural Resources] C. RONALD FRANKS,
Secretary of Natural Resources, 2003-07

Secretary of Natural Resources, March 7, 2003 to January 17, 2007. Acting Secretary of Natural Resources, January 20 to March 7, 2003.

Member of House of Delegates, 1991-95, representing District 36 (Queen Anne's, Caroline, Cecil, Kent & Talbot Counties). Member, Ways and Means Committee, 1991, 1993-95 (transportation subcommittee); Judiciary Committee, 1992.

Former member, secretary, president, Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners. Member, Governor-elect's Transition Team, 2002-03.

C. Ronald Franks, Secretary of Natural Resources, 2003.

Member, Governor's Executive Council, 2003-07; Smart Growth Subcabinet, 2003-07. Chair, Governor's Council on the Chesapeake Bay (Governor's Chesapeake Bay Cabinet), 2003-07; Executive Committee for Dredged Material Management Plans, 2003-07; Rural Legacy Board, 2003-07; Scenic and Wild Rivers Review Board, 2003-07. Member, Governor's Pesticide Council, 2003; Task Force to Study Alternative Living Arrangements for Children in Out-of-Home Placement, 2003-04; Task Force to Study the Economic Development of the Maryland Seafood and Aquaculture Industries, 2003-04; Advisory Committee on the Management and Protection of the State's Water Resources, 2003-04; Task Force to Study the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation, 2003-05; Maryland Agricultural Education and Rural Development Assistance Board, 2003-07; Blue Crab Task Force, 2003-07; Chesapeake Bay Commission, 2003-07; Chesapeake Bay Trust, 2003-07; Critical Area Commission for the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays, 2003-07; Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, 2003-07; Interdepartmental Advisory Committee for Minority Affairs, 2003-07; Interagency Nutrient Reduction Oversight Committee, 2003-07; Patuxent River Commission, 2003-07; Pesticide Advisory Committee, 2003-07; Potomac River Fisheries Commission, 2003-07; Rural Maryland Council, 2003-07; Seafood Marketing Advisory Committee, 2003-07; State Soil Conservation Committee, 2003-07; Transportation Enhancements Program Executive Committee, 2003-07. Board of Directors, Maryland Agricultural and Resource-Based Industry Development Corporation, 2004-07. Member, Bay Restoration Fund Advisory Committee, 2004-07; Task Force on Traffic Capacity Across the Chesapeake Bay, 2005-06; Governor's Commission for Protecting the Chesapeake Bay through Sustainable Forestry, 2005-07; Governor's Intergovernmental Commission for Agriculture, 2006-07. Co-Chair, Baltimore Washington Partners for Forest Stewardship, 2006-07.

Born in Washington, DC, February 6, 1942. Western Maryland College; University of Maryland College Park; Georgetown University Dental School, D.D.S., cum laude, 1966. Member, Omicron Kappa Upsilon (dental equivalent of Phi Beta Kappa). Served in U.S. Air Force Dental Corps, 1966-69. Dentist. Owner, Kayaking & fly-fishing business. Chief Examiner, Northeast Regional Board of Dental Examiners. Former member, National Accrediting Committee for State Dental Programs; Eastern Shore Health Planning Council. Eastern Shore representative, Dental Advisory Council to Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Founder and teacher in Dental Assisting programs at Chesapeake Community College. Former member and officer, PTA; nominated to Anne Arundel County School Board. Member, Advisory Board for Health and Physical Education, Chesapeake Community College. Member, Queen Anne's County Chamber of Commerce; Maryland Farm Bureau, 1975-; Moose. Clinical Diligence Award for Outstanding Clinician, Omicron Kappa Upsilon. Married; two daughters; three grandchildren.

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