[photo, Benjamin S. Barnes, Maryland State Delegate] BENJAMIN S. (BEN) BARNES, Esq.
Democrat, District 21, Anne Arundel & Prince George's Counties

Member of House of Delegates since January 10, 2007. Chief Deputy Majority Whip, 2013- (deputy majority whip, 2011-12). Chair, Appropriations Committee, 2022- (member, 2015-; chair, oversight committee on pensions, 2015-19; chair, education & economic development subcommittee, 2019-22, vice-chair, 2015-19; chair, capital budget subcommittee, 2021-22, member, 2015-22, vice-chair, 2020); House Special Committee on Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 2007-. Member, Rules and Executive Nominations Committee, 2019-; Spending Affordability Committee, 2020- (chair, 2019). Member, Judiciary Committee, 2007-11 (civil law & procedure subcommittee, 2007-11); Economic Matters Committee, 2011-15 (banking, economic development, science & technology subcommittee, 2011; public utilities subcommittee, 2011-15; workers' compensation subcommittee, 2012-15); Commission on Maryland Retirement Security and Savings, 2015-16. House Chair, Special Joint Committee on Pensions, 2015-21 (member, 2021-22); Spending Affordability Committee, 2016-19. Member, Joint Legislative Committee to Select the State Treasurer, 2023. 1st Vice-Chair, Prince George's County Delegation, 2012-14 (law enforcement & state-appointed boards committee, 2007-08, 2011; washington suburban sanitary commission committee, 2008-10; vice-chair, maryland-national capital park & planning commission committee, 2012; chair, county affairs committee, 2017-, member, 2013-). Member, Anne Arundel County Delegation, 2007- (capital budget committee, 2018). Member, Maryland Legislative Latino Caucus, 2019-.

Member, Task Force to Study Locations in Prince George's County Best Suited for Use by State Agencies, 2008-09. Board of Directors, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, 2008-10. Member, Clean Energy Technical Education Task Force, 2013-14; Task Force to Study Exemptions from Higher Education Ethics Requirements and Procurement Rules to Facilitate Technology Transfer, 2015-16; Prince George's County Surcharge Exemptions for Projects Near Transit Properties Work Group, 2017-.

Legislative aide to Maryland Senate President, 2000-04.

Born in Peoria, Illinois, March 30, 1975. Attended Eleanor Roosevelt High School, Greenbelt, Maryland; University of North Carolina at Greensboro, B.A. (economics & political science), 1998. Field Coordinator, Development Department, People for the American Way, 1999-2000. University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D., 2003. Admitted to Maryland Bar, 2004. Law clerk to Judge James J. Lombardi, Prince George's County Circuit Court, 7th Judicial Circuit, 2004-05. Attorney, Law Offices of Donna L. Crary, P.A., 2005-11. Partner, Hall, Butler, Macleay & Barnes, L.L.C., 2011-. Member, Maryland State Bar Association, (litigation law section; young lawyers section); Prince George's County Bar Association, 2006-. Member, Prince George's County Democratic Central Committee, 2001-04 (vice-chair, 2003-04); Executive Committee, Young Democrats of Maryland, 2002-03. Member, College Park Education Advisory Committee, 2003-05. Delegate, Democratic Party National Convention, 2008. Award of Special Recognition, Maryland Legal Services Corporation, 2017. Married.

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