John Griffin

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John Griffin
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Chief of Staff to the Governor of Maryland
Former Officeholder
In office
1995 - 1999, March 15, 2007 - May 20, 2013
Base salary$148,778
Elections and appointments
AppointedJanuary 2007
Appointed byGov. Martin O'Malley (D)
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Secretary of Natural Resources
Bachelor'sNiagara University (1969)
Master'sCatholic University of America (1972)
Date of birthApril 25, 1946
Place of birthRochester, New York
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John Griffin is the Chief of Staff for the Governor of Maryland. He served as Maryland Secretary of Natural Resources from March 15, 2007 to May 20, 2013, after previously holding the position from March 17, 1995 to July 23, 1999.[1]


Griffin first entered public service in 1972, serving as committee staff director of the Prince George's County Council until 1978. From 1974-1978 he was a senior advisor to Governor Harry Hughes. Griffin then became deputy secretary of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources from 1984-1995, when he was appointed to serve his first stint as Maryland Secretary of Natural Resources under Gov. Parris N. Glendening. Leaving the post in 1999, he was General Manager of the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission and Associate Vice President of Buchart Horn Incorporated before being re-named to the position of Natural Resources Secretary in 2007, and appointed Chief of Staff to the Governor in 2013.[2]


  • MA, Catholic University of America
  • B.A., Niagara University

Political career

Chief of Staff to the Governor (2013-Present)

Secretary of Natural Resources (2007-2013)

Secretary of Natural Resources (1995-1999)



Griffin was appointed as Chief of Staff to the Governor of Maryland on May 20, 2013 by Martin O'Malley.[3]


Griffin was appointed as Maryland Secretary of Natural Resources by Gov. Martin O'Malley in January 2007 and officially became acting director on March 15.[4]


Griffin was appointed as Maryland Secretary of Natural Resources by Gov. Parris N. Glendening in 1995 and served until 1999.[5]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Maryland Secretary of Natural Resources
Succeeded by
Joseph Gill