Charles Barkley

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Charles Barkley
Maryland House of Delegates District 39
In office
Term ends
January 8, 2019
Years in position 17
Base salary$43,500/year
Per diem$143/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sTowson State University, 1972
Master'sWestern Maryland College, 1982
Date of birthOctober 16, 1950
Place of birthElkins, West Virginia
Office website
Charles Barkley (b. October 16, 1950) is a Democratic member of the Maryland House of Delegates, representing District 39. He was first appointed to the chamber in 1998.


Barkley's professional experience includes working as a teacher,instructional specialist/secondary mathematics teacher at Montgomery County Public Schools, and a math teacher/interdisciplinary resource teacher.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Maryland Committee Assignments, 2015
Economic Matters


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

Note: Barkley also served on the Subcommittee on Alcoholic Beverages (Chair) and the Subcommittee on Public Utilities.


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

Note: Barkley also served on the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commercial Law and the Subcommittee on Public Utilities.



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 Charles Barkley, Kirill Reznik and Shane Robinson were unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Gloria Chang, Xiangfei Cheng and Al Phillips were unopposed in the Republican primary. Barkley, Reznik and Robinson defeated Chang, Cheng and Phillips for three seats in the general election.[1][2]

Maryland House of Delegates District 39, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCharles Barkley Incumbent 23% 15,247
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngShane Robinson Incumbent 21.4% 14,179
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKirill Reznik Incumbent 20.8% 13,788
     Republican Gloria Chang 12.3% 8,117
     Republican Al Phillips 11.4% 7,565
     Republican Xiangfei Chang 11.1% 7,340
Total Votes 66,236


See also: Maryland House of Delegates elections, 2010

Barkley ran for re-election for the 39th District in 2010. In the September 14 primary, he faced Robert Hydorn, Arthur Jackson, Tony Puca, incumbent Kirill Reznik and Shane Robinson. He came in first and advanced to general election on November 2, where he faced Republicans Jim Pettit, Al Phillips and Bill Witham. Barkley came in first, successfully winning re-election.[3]

Maryland House of Delegates, District 39 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Charles Barkley (D) 18,060
Green check mark transparent.png Kirill Reznik (D) 16,199
Green check mark transparent.png Shane Robinson (D) 15,961
Jim Pettit (R) 9,695
Bill Witham (R) 8,482
Al Phillips (R) 8,240


On November 7, 2006, Charles Barkley ran for District 39 of the Maryland House of Delegates, winning the second of three seats, losing to Nancy King but beating Saqib Ali, David Nichols, Gary Scott, and Bill Witham.[4]

Charles Barkley raised $32,370 for his campaign.[5]

Maryland House of Delegates, District 39
Candidates Votes Percent
Nancy King (D) 18,651 23.5%
Charles Barkley (D) 18,253 23.0%
Saqib Ali (D) 16,455 20.7%
David Nichols (R) 9,278 11.7%
Gary Scott (R) 8,363 10.5%
Bill Witham (R) 8,244 10.4%
Write-Ins 68 0.1%

Campaign donors


In 2010, a year in which Barkley was up for re-election, he collected $62,110 in donations.[6]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:


In 2006, Charles Barkley collected $32,370 in donations.[7]

His five largest contributors in 2006 were:

Donor Amount
Maryland State Teachers Association $2,600
Maryland Trial Lawyers Association $2,000
Maryland Hospital Association $1,500
McGeo Food & Commercial Workers Local 1994 $1,450
Hess Construction Co. $1,000


Vapor ban

In April 2014, Barkley supported legislation to ban "vaportinis," a device that allows consumers to inhale fumes from heated alcoholic drinks. “I took a look at what the vaporizer does, and I didn’t think it would be a good thing to be doing,” Barkley said in an interview. “Some doctors were unsure what effect (vaporizing alcohol) would have on the brain.”[8]


Barkley is Chair of the Montgomery County Delegation, and a member of the Maryland State Teachers' Association, Maryland Educators Caucus, Maryland Veterans Caucus, and Maryland Mathematics Commission.[9]

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