Member, State Commission on Criminal Sentencing Policy, 2016-.
Chair, Town Commission, Town of Bel Air, 2000-01 (member, 1997-2001).
Member, County Council, Harford County, 2002-06.
Senior Governance Advisor, Karbala Province, Iraq, 2007-08. Director, Stability Operations Division, Foreign Service Institute, 2009. Senior Strategic Planner, Office of Provincial Affairs, U.S. Embassy, Baghdad, Iraq, 2009-10. Senior Strategic Advisor, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, U.S. State Department, 2010-13. Senior Advisor, Bureau of Conflict Stabilization Operations, U.S. State Department, 2013.
Born in Havre de Grace, Maryland, July 1958. Attended Bel Air High School, Bel Air, Maryland; The Johns Hopkins University, B.A. (international relations), 1980 (ROTC distinguished military graduate). Served in Maryland Army National Guard, 20th Special Forces Group, 1976-78; U.S. Army, 7th Infantry Division, 1980-85, 2006-07; U.S. Army Reserve, 1986-90, 2003-11 (bronze star; global war on terrorism service medal; iraq campaign medal; meritorious honor award for military service, u.s. state department). University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1988 (heuisler honor society; american jurisprudence awards). Law clerk to Judge Dana M. Levitz, Baltimore County Circuit Court, 1987, and to Judge John J. Bishop, Jr., Court of Special Appeals, 1988. Attorney. Admitted to Maryland Bar, 1988; U.S. Court of Appeals for Fourth Circuit; U.S. District Court for District of Maryland; U.S. Tax Court. Associate Attorney, Kerr-McDonald, LLP, 1988-2004, 2013-. Judge Advocate, U.S. Army Reserves, 2003-08. Senior Litigation Attorney, Ohio Casualty Insurance Company, 2004-06. Judge Advocate, U.S. Army 101st Division, Iraq, 2006-07 (bronze star; u.s. department of state meritorious honor award). Member, Maryland State Bar Association, 1988-; Harford County Bar Association (past secretary). Adjunct Professor (introduction to law), Community College of Baltimore County, 2004-05. Fellow, Academy for Excellence in Local Governance, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland, College Park, 2001. Member, Harford County Republican Central Committee, 1992-98 (past chair). Expeditionary Service Award, 2007-08, Superior Honor Award, 2009-10, U.S. State Department (awarded for service in Iraq). Senator of the Year Award, Maryland State's Attorneys' Association, 2015. Married; five children, three grandchildren.
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