Ben (Ben) Barnes (D-SH21B)
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Capitol: 410.841.3046
FAX: 410.841.3346
District: 410.841.3046
Room 121 Taylor House Office Building 6 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401-1912

District Office:
6 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401-1912
Elected: 2006    Next Election: 2026
DOB: 3/30/1975
Committee Assignments
ChairmanHouse Committee on Appropriations
MemberHouse Committee on Rules and Executive Nominations
Ex-OfficioSubcommittee on Education and Economic Development
Ex-OfficioSubcommittee on Public Safety and Administration
Ex-OfficioSubcommittee on Transportation and the Environment
Ex-OfficioSubcommittee on Health and Social Services
Ex-OfficioOversight Subcommittee on Personnel
Ex-OfficioOversight Subcommittee on Pensions
Ex-OfficioSubcommittee on Capital Budget
Ex-OfficioJoint Committee on Spending Affordability
Ex-OfficioJoint Committee on Legislative Policy
Counties Representing
Anne Arundel / Prince George's


First elected to the Maryland House of Delegates, 2006. Member of the House since 2007.

Current Assignments 2022 Chair, Appropriations Committee (Member, 2015) 2019 Rules and Executive Nominations Committee 2023 Special Joint Legislative Committee to Select the State Treasurer 2023 2020 Spending Affordability Committee (House Chair, 2017-2019) 2015 Joint Committee on Pensions (Chair 2020) 2019 Maryland Legislative Latino Caucus, Associate Member Past House Service Chief Deputy Majority Whip, 2013-2023; Capital Budget Subcommittee of the Appropriations Committee (Vice-Chair, 2019; Chair 2021-2022), 2015-2022; Chair, Education and Economic Development Subcommittee of the Appropriations Committee (Vice Chair 2015-2019), 2019-2022; Oversight Committee on Pensions of the Appropriations Committee (Chair 2019, Vice Chair, 2020), 2019-2021; Economic Matters Committee, 2011-2015; Workers' Compensation Subcommittee of the Economic Matters Committee, 2012-2015; Banking, Economic Development, Science, and Technology Subcommittee of the Economic Matters Committ, 2011-2015; Public Utilities Subcommittee of the Economic Matters Committee, 2011-2015; Judiciary Committee, 2007-2011; Civil Law and Procedure Subcommittee of the Judiciary Committee, 2007-2011; Special Committee on Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 2007-2022; Commission on Maryland Retirement Security and Savings, 2015-2016.

Public Service Objective Criteria Committee, State Retirement and Pension System, 2018-; Prince George's County Surcharge Exemptions for Projects Near Transit Properties Workgroup, 2017-; Task Force to Study Exemptions from Higher Education Ethics Requirements and Procurement Rules to Facilitate Technology Transfer, 2015-2016; Clean Energy Technical Education Task Force, 2013-2014; Vice Chair, Maryland-National Capital Parks & Planning Commission Committee, Prince George's County Delegation, 2012; Law Enforcement and State-Appointed Boards Committee, Prince George's County Delegation, 2011, 2007-2008; Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission Committee, Prince George's County Delegation, 2008-2010; Board of Directors, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, 2008-2010; Task Force to Study Locations in Prince George's County Best Suited for Use by State Agencies, 2008-2009; Delegate, Democratic Party National Convention, 2008.

Memberships College Park Education Advisory Committee, 2003-2005; Vice Chair, Prince George's County Democratic Central Committee, 2003-2004; Prince George's County Democratic Central Committee, 2001-2004; Executive Committee, Young Democrats of Maryland, 2002-2003; Maryland State Bar Association (Litigation Law Section of the Maryland State Bar Association; Young Lawyers Section of the Maryland State Bar Association); Prince George's County Bar Association.

Awards Award of Special Recognition, Maryland Legal Services Corporation, 2017.

Biographical Information Born, Peoria, Illinois, March 30, 1975; Eleanor Roosevelt High School, Greenbelt, 1993; University of North Carolina at Greensboro, B.A., Economics and Political Science, 1998; University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D., 2003; Field Coordinator, Development Department, People for the American Way, 1999-2000; Legislative Aide to Maryland Senate President, 2000-04; 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., 2005-2011; Partner, Hall, Butler, Macleay & Barnes, LLC., 2011 -; Married.