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Jay Jacobs
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Maryland House of Delegates District 36
In office
Term ends
January 8, 2019
Years in position 4
Minority Caucus Leader, Maryland State House of Delegates
Base salary$43,500/year
Per diem$143/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Mayor, Rock Hall
High schoolKent County High School
Place of birthWest Palm Beach, Florida
ProfessionSmall Business Owner
Office website
Jay Jacobs is a Republican member of the Maryland House of Delegates, representing District 36. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Jacobs has served Minority Caucus Leader since 2013.


Jacobs' professional experience includes working as a Fireman and Ambulance Driver for the Rock Hall Volunteer Fire Company.

Committee assignments


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

  • Environmental Matters
  • Subcommittee on Agriculture, Agriculture Preservation and Open Space
  • Subcommittee on Natural Resources



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. Irving Pinder and Robert Alan Thornton, Jr. were unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Jeff Ghrist and incumbents Steve Arentz and Jay A. Jacobs defeated incumbent Michael D. Smigiel, Sr., Rod Heinze, Alan McCarthy and J.D. Uhler in the Republican primary. Jacobs, Arentz and Ghrist defeated Pinder and Thornton for three seats in the general election.[1][2]

Maryland House of Delegates District 36, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJay Jacobs Incumbent 29.8% 33,579
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJeff Ghrist 24.2% 27,259
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Arentz Incumbent 22.7% 25,516
     Democratic Irving Pinder 12.5% 14,045
     Democratic Robert Alan Thornton, Jr. 10.8% 12,184
Total Votes 112,583

Maryland House of Delegates, District 36 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJay Jacobs Incumbent 26.4% 6,796
Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Arentz Incumbent 26.1% 6,732
Green check mark transparent.pngJeff Ghrist 16.7% 4,307
Michael Smigiel, Sr. Incumbent 16.2% 4,163
Alan McCarthy 8% 2,067
J.D. Uhler 4.1% 1,048
Rod Heinze 2.5% 641
Total Votes 25,754


See also: Maryland House of Delegates elections, 2010

Jacobs ran unopposed in the September 14 primary. He defeated Democrat Arthur Hock in the general election.[3]

Maryland House of Delegates, District 36 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Stephen Hershey, Jr. (R) 32,364
Green check mark transparent.png Jay Jacobs (R) 26,979
Green check mark transparent.png Michael Smigiel, Sr. (R) 26,925
William Manlove (D) 17,453
Arthur Hock (D) 16,472

Campaign donors


In 2010, Jacobs raised $41,824 in contributions.[4]

His three largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Buckley Ii, John J $4,000
Haven Harbor Marina $1,000
Kent County Branch Commercial Watermans Association $1,000


Jacobs is married.

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