DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

DEPUTY SECRETARY


[photo, James F. Ports, Jr., Deputy Secretary for Operations] JAMES F. PORTS, JR., Deputy Secretary for Operations



Deputy Secretary for Operations since January 27, 2015. Chair, Maryland Transit Administration Stakeholder Work Group, 2015.

Member of House of Delegates (Republican), representing District 8, Baltimore County and Baltimore City, January 9, 1991 to January 8, 2003. Minority Whip, 2001-03. Member, Constitutional and Administrative Law Committee, 1991-92; Ways and Means Committee, 1992-2003 (finance resources subcommittee, 1994-96; education subcommittee, 1997-98; transportation subcommittee, 1999-2003; vice-chair's subcommittee, 2000-03); Joint Transportation Financing Committee (Transportation 2000), 1994; Special Joint Committee on Competitive Taxation and Economic Development, 1996-97; Joint Committee on the Selection of the State Treasurer, 2002; Legislative Policy Committee, 2002-03; Rules and Executive Nominations Committee, 2002-03. Member, National Task Force on Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources, American Legislative Exchange Council, 1991-2003 (vice-chair, energy subcommittee).

Member, Transit Policy Panel, 2000; Baltimore Region Rail System Plan Advisory Committee, 2001-02; Public Safety Communications Interoperability Governance Work Group, 2003-08. Assistant Secretary for Administration, Department of Transportation, 2003-04. Deputy Secretary, Department of Transportation, 2004-07. Member, Homeland Security Senior Policy Group, 2004-07.

Deputy Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2007-09.

Administrator, Harford Transit, Harford County, 2009-15.

Member, Citizens Advisory Committee on Recycling, Baltimore County, 1992-95.

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, December 1, 1958. Attended Perry Hall Senior High School. Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, 1978-82 (Expeditionary Medal, Marine of the Month). Essex Community College, A.A., 1989. Former supervisor, Industrial and Commercial Gas Field Operations (South), Baltimore Gas and Electric Company. Licensed as registered representative, National Association of Security Dealers, insurance agent, and gas fitter, Baltimore City. Vice-President, Northeast Fullerton Community Association, 1986-90. Member, 8th District Republican Club, 1988-. Member, Baltimore County Republican Central Committee, 1989-90, 2003-06. Delegate, Republican Party National Convention, 2000. Member, Rossville Democratic Association; Taxpayers for Government Efficiency; Essex Community College Alumni Association; Competent Toastmaster, Toastmasters International; Phi Theta Kappa. Associate member, Lodge no. 76, Fraternal Order of Police. Commander, Perry Hall/White Marsh Post no. 11378, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), 1992-94; life member, Parkville Memorial Post no. 9083. Honorary co-chair, co-founder, Perry Hall High School Alumni Association. Received awards from: People Against Child Abuse; Maryland School for the Blind; Baltimore County Police Department; Tall Cedars of Lebanon. Outstanding Young Marylander of the Year, Maryland Jaycees, 1996. General James P. S. Devereux Award, Maryland Society, Sons of the American Revolution, 1997. Legislator of the Year, American Legislative Exchange Council, 2001. Married; three children.

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