J.B. Jennings

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J.B. Jennings
Maryland State Senate District 7
In office
January 12, 2011 - present
Term ends
January 8, 2019
Years in position 4
Minority Leader, Maryland State Senate
2015 - present
Base salary$43,500/year
Per diem$143/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2014
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Maryland State House of Delegates
Associate'sEssex Community College, 1995
Bachelor'sUniversity of Baltimore, 1997
Military service
Service/branchMaryland Air National Guard
Years of service2008-present
Date of birthMarch 27, 1974
Place of birthBaltimore, Maryland
Office website
J.B. Jennings (b. March 27, 1974) is a Republican member of the Maryland State Senate, representing District 7. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010. Beginning in the 2015 session, Jennings serves as Minority Leader.

Jennings served in the Maryland House of Delegates from 2003 to 2011.


Jennings's professional experience includes working as the co-owner and president of The Mill of Hereford, a volunteer firefighter with the Jacksonville Volunteer Fire Company and a dairy farmer with Cedar Side Farm.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Maryland Committee Assignments, 2015
Executive Nominations
Legislative Information Technology and Open Government
Legislative Policy
Spending Affordability


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

Note: Jennings also served on the Special Committee on Pensions, the Special Advisory Committee on Legislative Data Systems, the Subcommittee on Environment and the Subcommittee on Health Occupations.


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

Note: Jennings also served on the Joint Advisory Committee on Legislative Data Systems.



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. Kim Letke was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent J.B. Jennings was unopposed in the Republican primary. Jennings defeated Letke in the general election.[1][2]

Maryland State Senate District 7, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJ.B. Jennings Incumbent 74.7% 36,913
     Democratic Kim Letke 25.3% 12,502
Total Votes 49,415


See also: Maryland State Senate elections, 2010

Jennings defeated Democratic candidate Rebecca Nelson by a margin of 28,890 to 14,848 in the November 2 general election.[3]

In the September 14 primary election, Jennings defeated Alfred Redmer by a margin of 5,547 to 3,547.[4]

Maryland State Senate, District 7 (2010) General Election
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png J.B. Jennings (R) 28,890 66%
Rebecca Nelson (D) 14,848 34%
Maryland State Senate, District 7 Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png J.B. Jennings 5,431 61%
Alfred Redmer 3,456 38.9%


See also: Maryland House of Delegates elections, 2006

On November 7, 2006, J.B. Jennings ran for District 7 of the Maryland House of Delegates, winning the third of three seats, behind Patrick McDonough and Richard Impallaria but beating Linda Hart, Jack Sturgill, Rebecca Nelson, and Kim Fell.[5]

J.B. Jennings raised $46,126 for his campaign.[6]

Maryland House of Delegates, District 7
Candidates Votes Percent
Patrick McDonough (R) 21,189 18.6%
Richard Impallaria (R) 21,333 18.7%
J.B. Jennings (R) 23,184 20.3%
Linda Hart (D) 17,122 15.0%
Jack Sturgill (D) 15,390 13.5%
Rebecca Nelson (D) 13,481 11.8%
Kim Fell (G) 2,307 2.0%
Write-Ins 83 0.1%

Campaign donors


In 2010, Jennings raised $98,842 in contributions.[7]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Colorstone Co $8,000
The Presidential Coalition LLC $3,000
Maryland Realtors Association $2,500
State Of The Art Design $2,450


In 2006, J.B. Jennings collected $46,126 in donations.[8]

His five largest contributors in 2006 were:

Donor Amount
Jim' Plumbing & Heating $2,150
James Tully $2,000
Maryland Realtors Association $1,355
Maryland State Dental Association $1,290
Maryland New Car & Truck Dealers Association $1,100


Jennings is married. He has been a member of the Environmental Noise Advisory Council; Maryland Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus; Maryland Fire, Rescue and Emergency Medical Services Caucus; Maryland Rural Caucus and Taxpayers Protection Caucus.[9]

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Preceded by
Maryland House of Delegates District 7
Succeeded by
Kathy Szeliga

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