Brian Feldman

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Brian J. Feldman
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Member of the Maryland Senate from District 15
Incumbent
Assumed office
September 12, 2013
Appointed by Martin O'Malley
Preceded by Robert J. Garagiola
Constituency 15th district
Montgomery County
Member of the Maryland House of Delegates from District 15
In office
January 8, 2003 – 2013
Preceded by Mark Shriver/Richard A. La Vay
Personal details
Born (1961-02-04) February 4, 1961 (age 53)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Political party Democratic
Residence Potomac, Maryland
Occupation Attorney
Religion Jewish

Brian J. Feldman (born February 4, 1961) is an American politician and a member of the State Senate in the State of Maryland, representing district 15 in western and northern Montgomery County. He previously served in the Maryland House of Delegates Before election to office, Feldman was an attorney with the United States Department of Justice and currently is in private practice.

In the legislature[edit]

Feldman currently sits on the Finance Committee in the Maryland State Senate.

Career[edit]

Brian J. Feldman was first elected in 2002 to represent the 15th Legislative District in the Maryland General Assembly and was re-elected to a second term in 2006. The District is home to over 100,000 people. Major communities within the District include: Bethesda, Boyds, Clarksburg, Darnestown, Germantown, North Potomac, Poolesville and Potomac. Delegate Feldman serves on the House Economic Matters Committee and Chairs its Banking, Economic Development, Science and Technology Subcommittee. He also serves as the House Chair of the Joint Information Technology and Biotechnology Committee and Chairman of the Montgomery County House Delegation to the General Assembly.

From 1988 to 2001, Feldman served as an attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, where he was a 3-time recipient of the Justice Department’s prestigious “Outstanding Attorney Award.” Prior to his service with the Department of Justice, Brian worked as an Attorney/CPA at Price Waterhouse. He currently practices law with the Washington, D.C. law firm of Kozusko Harris Vetter Wareh, LLC. Delegate Feldman is the only Attorney/CPA in the Maryland General Assembly.

Feldman received a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Penn State University, a Juris Doctor from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and a Masters Degree in Government from Johns Hopkins University. Brian currently serves as an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins, teaching graduate courses there on state politics and federalism.

Feldman has been particularly active with respect to introducing legislation to promote Maryland’s biotechnology sector, update Maryland's business and insurance laws, and protect consumers in a variety of areas.

In 2009, Feldman was named "Advocate of the Year" by the Technology Council of Maryland. In 2008, Delegate Feldman was named “Legislator of the Year” by the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce. In 2005, he was named by the Biotechnology Industry Organization as its nationwide “State Legislator of the Year” for introducing and gaining passage of the Biotechnology Investment Incentive Act. In 2004, Brian received the Semmes, Bowen and Semmes “Legislator of the Year” Award for introducing and gaining passage of legislation strengthening Maryland’s laws governing workers’ compensation fraud. Brian has received numerous other honors and awards for his work in the legislature, including the Leadership Award from the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute, an Outstanding Leadership Award from the Office Building Association of Metro Washington, .the Service Station Dealers Charles L. Binstead Industry Achievement Award, the Maryland Association of CPAs Chair Award, and the Maryland League of Korean Americans Public Service Award.

In 2008, Feldman was elected by Maryland voters to serve as an Obama Delegate to the Democratic National Convention. He was subsequently selected to serve as an Advisor to the Obama Department of Justice Transition Team. He was chairman of the Montgomery County Delegation from 2007 to 2012, and in 2011 was selected to serve as the House Parliamentarian. He also served on the Joint Committee on Access to Mental Health Services, the Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive, and Legislative Review, and the Technology Oversight Committee.

Following the retirement of Senator Robert J. Garagiola, Feldman was appointed by Governor Martin O'Malley to the Senate to fill out the remainder of Garagiola's term.[1]

Legislative notes[edit]

  • Voted for the Clean Indoor Air Act of 2007 (HB359)[1]
  • Voted for the Healthy Air Act in 2006(SB154)[2]
  • Voted against slots in 2005 (HB1361)[3]
  • Voted in favor of in-state tuition for illegal immigrants in 2007 (HB6)

Election results[edit]

  • 2006 Race for Maryland House of Delegates – District 15[2]
Voters to choose three:
Name Votes Percent Outcome
Kathleen M. Dumais, Democrat 25,781   21.6%    Won
Brian J. Feldman, Democrat 25,760   21.6%    Won
Craig L. Rice, Democrat 20,202   17.0%    Won
Jean B. Cryor, Republican 20,050   16.8%    Lost
Brian Mezger, Republican 14,112   11.8%    Lost
Chris Pilkerton, Republican 13,174   11.1%    Lost
  • 2002 Race for Maryland House of Delegates – District 15[2]
Voters to choose three:
Name Votes Percent Outcome
Jean B. Cryor, Republican 20,584   18.7%    Won
Brian J. Feldman, Democrat 19,719   17.9%    Won
Kathleen M. Dumais, Democrat 19,246   17.5%    Won
John Young, Democrat 17,358   15.8%    Lost
William Ferner Askinazi, Republican 16,693   15.2%    Lost
Mary Kane, Republican 16,579   15.0%    Lost
Other Write-Ins 42   0.0%    Lost

Awards[edit]

  • 2010 Most Influential Maryland Legislators (Top 20)[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2013-09-11/local/41968418_1_brian-feldman-garagiola-multiple-counties
  2. ^ a b "House of Delegates Results". Maryland State Board of Elections.  Retrieved on Nov. 20, 2007
  3. ^ Poll (2 April 2010). "Where Does Your Legislator Rank? See the list.". Maryland Gazette of Politics and Business. Retrieved 10 April 2010. 

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