James Gilchrist

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Jim Gilchrist
Maryland House of Delegates District 17
In office
Term ends
January 8, 2019
Years in position 8
Deputy Majority Whip, Maryland House of Delegates
2015 - present
Base salary$43,500/year
Per diem$143/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected2006
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sGrinnell College, 1987
Master'sThe George Washington University, 1993
Date of birthMay 1, 1965
Place of birthWashington, DC
Office website
James "Jim" Gilchrist (b. May 1, 1965) is a Democratic member of the Maryland House of Delegates, representing District 17. He was first elected to the chamber in 2006. Beginning in the 2015 session, Gilchrist serves as a Deputy Majority Whip.


Gilchrist's professional experience includes working as a legislative analyst in the Office of Intergovernmental Relations of Montgomery County, policy analyst in the Office of Policy Analysis, and Community Development Officer for the Community Development Block Grant Program.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Maryland Committee Assignments, 2015
Environment and Transportation
Federal Relations


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

Note: Gilchrist also served on the Subcommittee on Environment and the Subcommittee on Housing and Real Property.


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

Note: Gilchrist also served on the Subcommittee on Education and the Subcommittee on Transportation.



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. Andrew Platt and incumbents Kumar P. Barve and Jim Gilchrist defeated Susan Hoffmann, Laurie-Ann Sayles and George Zamora in the Democratic primary and were unopposed in the general election.[1][2]

Maryland House of Delegates, District 17 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKumar P. Barve Incumbent 25.4% 5,749
Green check mark transparent.pngJim Gilchrist Incumbent 20.3% 4,599
Green check mark transparent.pngAndrew Platt 20.3% 4,596
Susan Hoffmann 19.9% 4,509
Laurie-Ann Sayles 10.6% 2,409
George Zamora 3.5% 798
Total Votes 22,660


See also: Maryland House of Delegates elections, 2010

Gilchrist successfully won re-election in the general election on November 2, 2010. He came in second, securing the second of three available seats in the district.[3]

Maryland House of Delegates, District 17 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Kumar Barve (D) 20,720
Green check mark transparent.png James Gilchrist (D) 20,704
Green check mark transparent.png Luiz Simmons (D) 20,469
Daniel Campos (R) 10,646
Craig Frick (R) 8,945
Josephine Wang (R) 8,736


On November 7, 2006, James Gilchrist ran for District 17 of the Maryland House of Delegates, winning the first of three seats, beating Luiz Simmons, Kumar Barve, Mary Haley, Josephine Wang, and Paul Hnarakis.[4]

James Gilchrist raised $64,357 for his campaign.[5]

Maryland House of Delegates, District 17
Candidates Votes Percent
James Gilchrist (D) 23,524 25.4%
Luiz Simmons (D) 22,148 23.9%
Kumar Barve (D) 21,994 23.7%
Mary Haley (R) 9,016 9.7%
Josephine Wang (R) 8,384 9.0%
Paul Hnarakis (R) 7,535 8.1%
Write-Ins 75 0.1%

Campaign donors


In 2010, a year in which Gilchrist was up for re-election, he collected $12,578 in donations.[6]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:


In 2006, James Gilchrist collected $64,357 in donations.[7]

His five largest contributors in 2006 were:

Donor Amount
James Gilchrist $24,207
Friends of Doug Duncan $6,000
William Fothergill $3,000
Phoebe Gilcrest $3,500
Thomas Stone $1,000


Gilchrist is Treasurer of the Alliance of Rockville Citizens, Vice-President of the Americana Centre Condominiums, and a member of the Commission on Civic Literacy.[8]

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