[photo, Mark J. Belton, Maryland Secretary of Natural Resources] MARK J. BELTON, Secretary of Natural Resources

Secretary of Natural Resources since March 27, 2015. Acting Secretary of Natural Resources, February 13 to March 27, 2015. Assistant Secretary of Natural Resources, 2003-05.

Member, Governor's Executive Council, 2015-; Smart Growth Subcabinet, 2015-; BayStat Subcabinet, 2015-. Chair, Task Force to Study Enhancing Boating and the Boating Industry in Maryland, 2015-16; Cliff Erosion Steering Committee, 2015-; Coast Smart Council, 2015-; Rural Legacy Board, 2015-; Scenic and Wild Rivers Review Board, 2015-. Co-Chair, Executive Committee for Dredged Material Management Plans, 2015-; Maryland Partnership for Children in Nature, 2015-. Board of Directors, Maryland Agricultural and Resource-Based Industry Development Corporation, 2015-. Member, Governor's Intergovernmental Commission for Agriculture, 2015-; Maryland Agricultural Education and Rural Development Assistance Board, 2015-; Animal Waste Technology Fund Advisory Committee, 2015-; Bay Restoration Fund Advisory Committee, 2015-; Blue Crab Task Force, 2015-; Governor's Council on the Chesapeake Bay (Governor's Chesapeake Bay Cabinet), 2015-; Chesapeake Bay Commission, 2015-; Chesapeake Bay Trust, 2015-; Climate Change Commission, 2015-16; Critical Area Commission for the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays, 2015-; Maryland Green Building Council, 2015-; Maryland Green Purchasing Committee, 2015-; Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, 2015-; Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee, 2015-; Invasive Plants Advisory Committee, 2015-; Interdepartmental Advisory Committee for Minority Affairs, 2015-; Task Force to Study the Impact of Ocean Acidification on State Waters, 2015; Council on Open Data, 2015-; Patuxent River Commission, 2015-; Pesticide Advisory Committee, 2015-; Maryland Pesticide Reporting and Information Work Group, 2015; Potomac River Fisheries Commission, 2015-; Rural Maryland Council, 2015-; Seafood Marketing Advisory Committee, 2015-; State Soil Conservation Committee, 2015-; Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission, 2015-; Transportation Enhancements Program Executive Committee, 2015-; Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission, 2015; Commission on Climate Change, 2016-.

Member, Board of County Commissioners, Queen Anne's County, 1994-96.

County Administrator, Queen Anne's County, 1999-2002. County Administrator, Page County, Virginia, 2005-12. County Administrator, Charles County, 2012-14.

Born in Flemington, New Jersey. U.S. Naval Academy, B.S. (political science), 1983; Regis University, M.B.A.; College of Distance Education, U.S. Naval War College. Served in U.S. Navy, 1983-90; U.S. Naval Reserve, 1990-2014 (kosovo, 2001; baghdad, 2009-10; commander, navy expeditionary logistics support group; deputy commander, naval supply systems command; rear admiral). Executive Director, Pride of Baltimore, Inc., 1996-99. Married; six children.

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