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David Brinkley
Maryland State Senate, District 4
Former member
In office
Minority Leader, Maryland State Senate
September 2013-2015
Minority Whip, Maryland State Senate
Minority Leader, Maryland State Senate
Prior offices
Maryland House of Delegates
Bachelor'sUniversity of Maryland-College Park, 1981
Date of birthSeptember 24, 1959
Place of birthFrederick, Maryland
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David R. Brinkley is a former Republican member of the Maryland State Senate, representing District 4 from 2003 to 2015.

Brinkley served in the Maryland House of Delegates from 1995 to 2003. He served two tenures as State Senate Minority Leader, as well as a stint as State Senate Minority Whip.


Brinkley earned his B.A. from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1981. His professional experience includes working as an estate and financial planner.

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Brinkley served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Brinkley served on these committees:



See also: Maryland State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Maryland State Senate 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. Dan Rupli was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent David Brinkley was defeated by Michael Hough in the Republican primary. Hough defeated Rupli in the general election.[1][2]

Maryland State Senate District 4, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Hough 67.9% 31,414
     Democratic Dan Rupli 32.1% 14,873
Total Votes 46,287


See also: Maryland's 6th Congressional District elections, 2012

Brinkley ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Maryland's 6th District. Brinkley sought the nomination on the Republican ticket, but he was defeated by incumbent Roscoe Bartlett in the Republican primary on April 3, 2012. The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run was January 11, 2012.[3]

U.S. House, Maryland, District 6 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRoscoe G. Bartlett Incumbent 43.6% 17,600
Kathy Afzali 10.2% 4,115
David R. Brinkley 19.8% 7,987
Robert Coblentz 2.4% 970
Robin Ficker 7.1% 2,854
Peter James 2.3% 933
Joseph T. Krysztoforski 7.6% 3,073
Brandon Orman Rippeon 7% 2,843
Total Votes 40,375


See also: Maryland State Senate elections, 2010

Brinkley defeated Democratic candidate Sara Trescott by a margin of 31,522 to 11,733 in the November 2 general election.[4]

In the September 14 primary election, Brinkley defeated opponent Kathryn Freed by a margin of 9,705 to 2,585.[5]

Maryland State Senate, District 4 (2010) General Election
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png David Brinkley (R) 31,522 72.9%
Sara Trescott (D) 11,733 27.1%


See also: Maryland State Senate elections, 2006

On November 7, 2006, Brinkley ran unopposed for District 4 of the Maryland State Senate.[6]

Brinkley raised $102,100 for his campaign.[7]

Maryland Senate, District 4
Candidates Votes Percent
David Brinkley (R) 33,879 98.7%
Write-Ins 455 1.3%

Campaign donors


In 2010, a year in which Brinkley was up for re-election, he raised $87,090 in donations.[8]

His four largest contributors in 2010 were:

Donor Amount
Marylanders for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership $4,500
Maryland Realtors Association $2,500
Gaver, Mark I $2,100
Health Policy Leadership Alliance $1,775


Below are Brinkley's top five campaign contributors in 2008:[9]

Contributor 2008 total
Rudy Inc. $2,150
Michael Steele for Maryland Cmte. $2,000
Maryland Realtors Association $1,800
Marylanders for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership $1,500
RW Warner Inc. $1,500


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In the 2012 election, Brinkley's endorsements included:[10]


Brinkley is married and has two children. He has been a member of the Estate Planning Council of Frederick County, the Western Maryland Charter of the Society of Financial Service Professionals, American Society of Charter Life Underwriters and Chartered Financial Consultants.[11]

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Preceded by
Maryland State Senate District 4
Succeeded by
Michael Hough (R)