[photo, Earl F. (Buddy) Hance, Board of County Commissioners, Calvert County, Maryland] EARL F. (BUDDY) HANCE, President, Board of County Commissioners (Republican)

President, Board of County Commissioners, Calvert County, since December 15, 2020 (member, at large, since Dec. 18, 2018).

Member, Economic Development Authority, Calvert County, 2018-; Board of Health, Calvert County, 2018-; Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, Calvert County, 2018-.

Member, Emergency Management Advisory Council, 2020-; Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland (1st vice-chair, 2023); Critical Area Commission for the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays, 2023-.

Secretary of Agriculture, May 14, 2009 to January 2, 2015. Resigned January 2, 2015. Acting Secretary of Agriculture, May 6-14, 2009. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, February 2007 to May 6, 2009.

Member, Board of Regents, University System of Maryland, 2009-15; Governor's Executive Council, 2009-15; BayStat Subcabinet, 2009-15; Governor's Council on the Chesapeake Bay (Governor's Chesapeake Bay Cabinet), 2009-15;Governor's Subcabinet for International Affairs, 2009-15; Smart Growth Subcabinet, 2009-15. Chair, Governor's Intergovernmental Commission for Agriculture, 2009-15; Renewable Fuels Incentive Board, 2009-15. Board of Directors, Maryland Agricultural and Resource-Based Industry Development Corporation, 2009-15. Member, Maryland Agricultural Education and Rural Development Assistance Board, 2009-15; Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation, 2009-15; Bay Restoration Fund Advisory Committee, 2009-15; Chesapeake Bay Trust, 2009-15; Climate Change Commission, 2009-15; Critical Area Commission for the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays, 2009-15; State Children's Environmental Health and Protection Advisory Council, 2009-15; Maryland Food Center Authority, 2009-15; Maryland Horse Industry Board, 2009-15; Maryland Integrated Map Executive Committee, 2009-15; Interdepartmental Advisory Committee for Minority Affairs, 2009-15; Pesticide Advisory Committee, 2009-15; Rural Legacy Board, 2009-15; Rural Maryland Council, 2009-15; Scenic and Wild Rivers Review Board, 2009-15; Seafood Marketing Advisory Commission, 2009-15; State Soil Conservation Committee, 2009-15; Maryland Green Jobs and Industry Task Force, 2010; Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission, 2010-15; Task Force on Sustainable Growth and Wastewater Disposal, 2011 (chair, impact of agriculture & agricultural land values work group, 2011); Task Force on the Establishment of a Statewide Spay/Neuter Fund, 2011-13; Invasive Plants Advisory Committee, 2011-15. Chair, Animal Waste Technology Fund Advisory Committee, 2012-15. Member, Maryland Thermal Renewable Energy Credit Task Force, 2013; Maryland Botanical Heritage Work Group, 2013-14; Task Force to Study the Implementation of a Hub and Spoke Program in the Southern Maryland Region, 2013-14; Maryland Pesticide Reporting and Information Work Group, 2013-15; Spay/Neuter Advisory Board, 2013-15; Interagency Food Desert Advisory Committee, 2014-15; Council on Open Data, 2014-15.

Member, Governor's Commission on Agricultural Viability in Southern Maryland, 1983; Maryland Agricultural Commission, 1989-92; Southern Maryland Growth Strategy Task Force, 1994. Chair, Tobacco Authority, 1994-2000 (member, 1988-94); Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission, 1998-2007. Member, Task Force on Tobacco Crop Conversion in Maryland, 1999; Nutrient Management Advisory Committee, 2002-06; Patuxent River Commission, 2002-15; Rural Maryland Council, 2003-15; Agricultural Stewardship Commission, 2005-06; Incentives for Agriculture Task Force, 2006-07; Task Force to Study Statewide Gypsy Moth Infestation, 2008-09.

Born in Prince Frederick, Maryland, July 17, 1955. Attended Calvert High School, Prince Frederick, Maryland. Fourth generation farmer. Member, Prince Frederick Volunteer Fire Department, 1973-; Calvert Farmland Trust, 1991-. Treasurer, Calvert County Democratic Central Committee, 2002-06. President, Maryland Farm Bureau, Inc., 2003-07 (first vice-president, 2001-03; vice-president, 1999-2001). Board of Directors, American Farm Bureau Federation, 2004-07; World Trade Center Institute, 2009-15. Board Council, Nationwide Insurance Company. Married; three children, four grandchildren.

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