Ben Barnes

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Ben Barnes
Maryland House of Delegates District 21
In office
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 7
Chief Deputy Majority Whip, Maryland State House of Delegates
Deputy Majority Whip, Maryland State House of Delegates
Base salary$43,500/year
Per diem$143/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected2006
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of North Carolina, Greensboro, 1998
J.D.University of Baltimore School of Law, 2003
BirthdayMarch 30, 1975
Place of birthPeoria, Illinois
Office website
Ben Barnes (b. March 30, 1975) is a Democratic member of the Maryland House of Delegates, representing District 21. He was first elected to the chamber in 2006.

Barnes has served as Chief Deputy Majority Whip since 2013 and Deputy Majority Whip from 2011 to 2013.


Barnes' professional experience includes working as an attorney with the Law Offices of Donna L. Crary, Practicing Attorney, clerk to Judge James J. Lombardi, Prince George's County Circuit Court, 7th Judicial Circuit, and legislative aide to the Maryland State Senate President.

Committee assignments


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

  • Economic Matters
  • Subcommittee on Banking, Economic Development, Science and Technology
  • Subcommittee on Civil Law and Procedure
  • Subcommittee on Public Utilities


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

  • Judiciary
    • Subcommittee on Civil Law and Procedure
  • Special Committee on Drug and Alcohol Abuse



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. Incumbents Ben Barnes, Barbara A. Frush and Joseline Pena-Melnyk were unopposed in the Democratic primary. Katherine Butcher was unopposed in the Republican primary. Barnes, Frush and Pena-Melnyk defeated Butcher for three seats in the general election.[1][2]

Maryland House of Delegates District 21, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBarbara Frush Incumbent 28.9% 18,157
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBen Barnes Incumbent 27.4% 17,235
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJoseline Pena-Melnyk Incumbent 26.8% 16,880
     Republican Katherine Butcher 16.9% 10,610
Total Votes 62,882


See also: Maryland House of Delegates elections, 2010

Barnes successfully won re-election in the general election on November 2, 2010. He won the first of three available seats.[3]

Maryland House of Delegates, District 21 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Ben Barnes (D) 18,954
Green check mark transparent.png Barbara Frush (D) 18,689
Green check mark transparent.png Joseline Pena-Melnyk (D) 18,457
Scott Dibiasio (R) 6,131
Jason Papanikolas (R) 6,013
Kat Nelson (R) 5,822
K. Bryan Walker (L) 1,151


On November 7, 2006, Ben Barnes ran for District 21 of the Maryland House of Delegates, winning the first of three seats, beating Barbara Frush, Joseline Pena-Melnyk, and Niel Sood.[4]

Ben Barnes raised $82,265 for his campaign.[5]

Maryland House of Delegates, District 21
Candidates Votes Percent
Ben Barnes (D) 18,453 29.6%
Barbara Frush (D) 18,279 29.3%
Joseline Pena-Melnyk (D) 18,001 28.9%
Neil Sood (R) 7,349 11.8%
Write-Ins 206 0.3%

Campaign donors


In 2010, a year in which Barnes was up for re-election, he collected $61,392 in donations.[6]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:

Maryland House of Delegates 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Ben Barnes's campaign in 2010
Encore Recycling$4,000
Maryland Trial Lawyers Association$3,250
Georgia Fine Wine$3,000
Mcgeo Food & Commercial Workers Local 1994$2,500
Maryland House Democratic Cmte 2010$2,000
Total Raised in 2010 $61,392


In 2006, Ben Barnes collected $82,265 in donations.[7]

His five largest contributors in 2006 were:

Donor Amount
Elizabeth Barnes $10,000
Marylanders for Mike Miller $6,000
Friends of Justin Ross $3,000
Thomas Kennedy $2,500
Benjamin Barnes $2,500


Barnes is a member of the Prince George's County Bar Association and Maryland State Bar Association.[8]

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