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J. B. Jennings

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J. B. Jennings
JB Jennings.jpg
Minority Leader of the Maryland Senate
Assumed office
November 12, 2014
Preceded byE. J. Pipkin
Member of the Maryland Senate
from the 7th district
Assumed office
January 12, 2011
Preceded byAndy Harris
Member of the Maryland House of Delegates
from the 7th district
In office
January 8, 2003 – January 12, 2011
Preceded byJacob J. Mohorovic Jr.
Succeeded byKathy Szeliga
Personal details
Born (1974-03-27) March 27, 1974 (age 45)
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Michelle Slusher (m. 2004)
EducationCommunity College of Baltimore County
University of Baltimore (BS)
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Air Force
Years of service2008–present
UnitMaryland Air National Guard

J. B. Jennings (born March 27, 1974) is an American politician. He was first elected to the Maryland House of Delegates in 2002 to represent District 7, which covers both Baltimore County and Harford Counties along with fellow Republicans Rick Impallaria and Pat McDonough.[1] In 2006, he won again along with Impallaria and McDonough.[2]

In 2010, Jennings won District 7's State Senate seat,[3] and he was re-elected in 2014.[4]

J.B. married Michelle Slusher Jennings in 2004.

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J.B. Jennings grew up in Phoenix, Maryland where he attended and graduated from Dulaney High School. He then attended Essex Community College, where he received his A.A. in 1995. He then transferred to the University of Baltimore, where he graduated in 1997 with his B.S. in Business Administration.


Jennings was a beef farmer from 1992 until becoming a dairy farmer/owner in 2008. He also served as a staff assistant for Robert Ehrlich while he was a Congressman. In 1998, Jennings became co-owner and president of a feed store in Hereford, Maryland, later selling his controlling interest in the property. Since 1990, he has served as a member of the Jacksonville Volunteer Fire Company, Station 47 in Jacksonville, Maryland, which is northeast of Baltimore. Jennings has served with the Maryland Air National Guard as a loadmaster on the C-27J Spartan since 2008.


Since being elected to the House of Delegates, Jennings has been very active in environmental and agricultural issues. He served on Environmental Matters Committee (2003–06), the Agriculture Preservation & Open Space subcommittee (2003–06), the Wetlands & Waterways Funding Work Group in 2004; and the Natural Resources subcommittee in 2006. He was the chair of the Natural Resources work group in 2004, was a member of the Agricultural Stewardship Commission from 2005–06, and has been a member of the Maryland Fire, Rescue and EMS Caucus since 2003. He has also been on the Maryland Rural Caucus and the Maryland Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus since 2003.

His efforts were recognized when he was selected as Deputy Minority Whip (2003–06).

Legislative notes

  • voted against the Healthy Air Act in 2006 (SB154)[5]
  • voted for slots in 2005 (HB1361)[6]
  • voted against in-state tuition for illegal immigrants in 2007 (HB6)[7]


Jennings was elected to the Maryland Senate in 2010, and served on the Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee (environment and health occupations subcommittees, 2011–15), Joint Advisory Committee on Legislative Data Systems (2011–14), and Joint Committee on Transparency and Open Government (2011–14). He was appointed as the Senate's Minority Leader in 2014 and won reelection that year. Since 2015, Jennings has served on the Finance Committee (property & casualty and transportation subcommittees), Legislative Policy Committee, the Joint Committee on Legislative Information Technology and Open Government, the Joint Committee on Spending Affordability, and the Public Safety and Policing Work Group. In 2016, he joined the Executive Nominations Committee.

Election results

  • 2014 General Election for Maryland State Senator – District 7[4]
Voters to choose one:
Name Votes Percent Outcome
J. B. Jennings, Rep. 36,913   74.6%    Won
Kim Letke 12,502   25.3%    Lost
Other Write-Ins 46   0.1%    Lost
  • 2010 General Election for Maryland State Senator – District 7[3]
Voters to choose one:
Name Votes Percent Outcome
J. B. Jennings, Rep. 28,890   65.9%    Won
Rebecca Weir Nelson, Dem. 14,848   33.9%    Lost
Jim Stavropoulos, Jr. (Dem. write-in) 53   0.1%    Lost
Other Write-Ins 64   0.1%    Lost
  • 2006 election for Maryland House of Delegates – District 7[2]
Voters to choose three:
Name Votes Percent Outcome
Richard Impallaria, Rep. 21,333   18.7%    Won
J. B. Jennings, Rep. 21,189   18.6%    Won
Pat McDonough, Rep. 23,184   20.3%    Won
Linda W. Hart, Dem. 17,122   15.0%    Lost
Jack Sturgill, Dem. 15,390   13.5%    Lost
Rebecca L. Nelson, Dem. 13,481   11.8%    Lost
Kim Fell, Green 2,307   2.0%    Lost
Other Write-Ins 83   0.1%    Lost
  • 2002 election for Maryland House of Delegates – District 7[1]
Voters to choose three:
Name Votes Percent Outcome
Richard Impallaria, Rep. 18,749   17.0%    Won
J. B. Jennings, Rep. 22,470   20.4%    Won
Pat McDonough, Rep. 20,869   18.9%    Won
Michael F. Linder, Libertarian 2,817   2.6%    Lost
Jack Sturgill, Dem. 15,390   15.0%    Lost
Other Write-Ins 80   0.1%    Lost

References and notes

  1. ^ a b "2002 Gubernatorial General – Official Results". Maryland State Board of Elections. Retrieved September 22, 2007.
  2. ^ a b "Official 2006 Gubernatorial General Election results for House of Delegates". Maryland State Board of Elections. Retrieved September 22, 2007.
  3. ^ a b "Official 2010 Gubernatorial General Election results for State Senator". Maryland State Board of Elections. Retrieved March 2, 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Official 2014 Gubernatorial General Election results for State Senator". Maryland State Board of Elections. Retrieved March 3, 2016.
  5. ^ "2006 Regular Session – Vote Record 0942". General Assembly of Maryland. March 30, 2006. Retrieved March 2, 2016.
  6. ^ "2005 Regular Session – Vote Record 0152". General Assembly of Maryland. February 25, 2005. Retrieved March 2, 2016.
  7. ^ "2007 Regular Session – Vote Record 0690". General Assembly of Maryland. March 26, 2007. Retrieved March 2, 2016.

External links

Maryland Senate
Preceded by
E. J. Pipkin
Minority Leader of the Maryland Senate
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