[photo, State Delegate James F. Ports, Jr.] JAMES F. PORTS, JR., Republican, District 8, Baltimore County & Baltimore City.

Member of House of Delegates since 1991. Minority Whip, 2001-. Member, Ways and Means Committee, 1992- (finance resources subcommittee, 1994-96; education subcommittee, 1997-98; transportation subcommittee, 1999-; vice-chair's subcommittee, 2000-); Legislative Policy Committee, 2002-; Rules and Executive Nominations Committee, 2002-. Member, Constitutional and Administrative Law Committee, 1991-92; Joint Transportation Financing Committee (Transportation 2000), 1994; Special Joint Committee on Competitive Taxation and Economic Development, 1996-97; Joint Committee on the Selection of the State Treasurer, 2002. Member, National Task Force on Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources, American Legislative Exchange Council, 1991- (vice-chair, energy subcommittee).

Member, Citizens Advisory Committee on Recycling, Baltimore County, 1992-95; Transit Policy Panel, 2000; Baltimore Region Rail System Plan Advisory Committee, 2001-02. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, December 1, 1958. Attended Perry Hall Senior High School. Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, 1978-82 (Expeditionary Medal, Marine of the Month). Essex Community College, A.A., 1989. Supervisor, Industrial and Commercial Gas Field Operations (South), Baltimore Gas and Electric Company. Licensed as registered representative, National Association of Security Dealers, insurance agent, and gas fitter, Baltimore City. Member, Baltimore County Republican State Central Committee, 1989-90. Vice-President, Northeast Fullerton Community Association, 1986-90. Member, 8th District Republican Club, 1988-. Delegate, Republican Party National Convention, 2000. Member, Rossville Democratic Association; Taxpayers for Government Efficiency; Essex Community College Alumni Association; Competent Toastmaster, Toastmasters International; Phi Theta Kappa. Associate member, Lodge no. 76, Fraternal Order of Police. Commander, Perry Hall/White Marsh Post no. 11378, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), 1992-94; life member, Parkville Memorial Post no. 9083. Honorary co-chair, co-founder, Perry Hall High School Alumni Association. Received awards from: People Against Child Abuse; Maryland School for the Blind; Baltimore County Police Department; Tall Cedars of Lebanon. Outstanding Young Marylander of the Year, Maryland Jaycees, 1996. General James P. S. Devereux Award, Maryland Society, Sons of the American Revolution, 1997. Legislator of the Year, American Legislative Exchange Council, 2001. Married; three children.

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