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Bob Flanagan
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Maryland House of Delegates, District 9B
In office
January 14, 2015 - present
Term ends
January 8, 2019
Years in position 0
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Date of birthNovember 1, 1945
Place of birthBurlington, Vermont
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Robert L. "Bob" Flanagan is a Republican member of the Maryland House of Delegates, representing District 9B. He was first elected to the chamber in 2014.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Flanagan served on the following committees:

Maryland Committee Assignments, 2015
Environment and Transportation
Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review


Campaign themes


Flanagan's website highlighted the following campaign themes:


Government needs to be held accountable. Demanding accountability is something I have done and will do again effectively. Let me contrast what is currently occurring in the O’Malley Administration to how we handled a comparable challenge when I was Secretary of Transportation for Governor Ehrlich and why my unique experience will enable me to return to the House of Delegates to serve you as a watch dog of the next Governor’s Administration and demand accountability in government. Read more here. (dead link)


Many of us have chosen to live in Ellicott City because of the high quality of our public school system. Maintaining educational excellence is my highest priority. Our legacy to society is the educated children we send into the world. We must demand accountability of taxpayer resources devoted to public school education and demand that our schools adapt to meet the demands of a world where change is constant.

We must ensure our students have access to technology as it develops to ensure the skills developed in our schools are relevant; giving our young adults the opportunity to succeed as they leave the classroom and head off to college or enter the workforce.

Taxes & Spending

One of the saddest consequences of tax and spend policies has been the departure of our most productive citizens to lower tax states. It is particularly alarming to see the retired go elsewhere to stretch their budgets. Younger families are also impacted by the departure of retired senior citizens - your grandmothers and grandfathers - whose roles diminish in the family structure if they move farther away.

If you allow me to become your Republican representative to the House of Delegates, I will sponsor tax reduction legislation that strategically addresses the need to retain and attract the state’s retired citizens.

Anyone can claim to be a fiscal conservative. I have proven track record of fighting against our insular Democratic leaders and whenever it is possible, winning some of the battles. Read more here.


As the Former Secretary of Transportation, I have a unique understanding of our state's transportation system. During my tenure I oversaw the management of the State Highway Administration, Port of Baltimore, the Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI), the Motor Vehicle Administration, the Maryland Transit Administration that includes the MARC Train, the Baltimore Light Rail, the Baltimore Subway, the Maryland commuter bus system and the Baltimore bus systems, and all of the state’s toll facilities, such as the Fort McHenry Tunnel and the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.

The congestion tax is caused by traffic congestion on our highways that robs us of time and demoralizes our spirit. I will work with citizens as well as state and local officials to improve mobility on our highways. As a member of the Howard County delegation to the General Assembly, I will focus my energy on solutions to local highway bottlenecks and safety problems.

There are motor vehicle technologies emerging that will offer tremendous opportunity to improve driving safety, reduce congestion and may extend the opportunity of our aging citizens to continue to drive safely. Over six hundred highway fatalities could be avoided in Maryland every year. The development of vehicle safety automation will depend in part upon new state laws and regulations that foster and encourage their adaption. As your representative in Annapolis, I will use my experience as Secretary of Transportation to put Maryland in the vanguard of this emerging revolution.

Protecting our Retirees

It is alarming to see the retired go elsewhere to stretch their budgets. Younger families are also impacted by the departure of retired senior citizens. We must strategically address the need to retain and attract the state’s retired citizens.

I will make sure that our states retirees are well taken care of and that they are given every incentive to stay here with us.[1][2]



See also: Maryland House of Delegates elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Maryland House of Delegates took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 24, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 25, 2014. Tom Coale defeated Rich Corkran in the Democratic primary, while Bob Flanagan defeated Carol Loveless in the Republican primary. Flanagan defeated Coale in the general election.[3][4]

Maryland House of Delegates District 9B, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBob Flanagan 54.9% 8,202
     Democratic Tom Coale 45.1% 6,736
Total Votes 14,938

Maryland House of Delegates, District 9B Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTom Coale 62.1% 2,054
Rich Corkran 37.9% 1,254
Total Votes 3,308
Maryland House of Delegates, District 9B Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBob Flanagan 56.3% 1,069
Carol Loveless 43.7% 831
Total Votes 1,900

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