David R. Brinkley

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David R. Brinkley
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Member of the Maryland Senate
from the 4th district
Assumed office
January 8, 2003
Preceded by Timothy R. Ferguson
Member of the Maryland House of Delegates
from the 4A district
In office
January, 1995 – January 8, 2003
Preceded by George Littrell & Thomas H. Hattery
Succeeded by Joseph R. Bartlett
Personal details
Born (1959-09-24) September 24, 1959 (age 55)
Frederick, Maryland
Political party Republican

David R. Brinkley (born September 24, 1959) is a Republican State Senator in Maryland, United States.

Early life, education, and pre-political career[edit]

David Brinkley was born in Frederick, Maryland the only son of Dr. George Ross Brinkley & Jean Brinkley. He was raised in New Market, Maryland and graduated from Linganore High School in 1977.

He attended Gettysburg College, and received a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Maryland, College Park in 1981.

He entered the life insurance business with Acacia Mutual Life Insurance Company, and earned from the American College in Bryn Mawr, PA his professional designations Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) & Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) in October, 1984.

During the early eighties, David was an EMT/Firefighter with the New Market District Volunteer Fire Company, and a volunteer EMT driver as Frederick County initiated its Paramedic program.[1]

Maryland House of Delegates[edit]


In 1994 Brinkley was elected to the House of Delegates, serving two terms representing District 4A. He was elected to the House of Delegates along with Paul S. Stull defeating Thomas H. Hattery and Thomas Gordon Slater.[2] Incumbent George Littrell ran for the State Senate seat left open by Charles H. Smelser. Littrell was defeated by Timothy R. Ferguson.[3]

In 1998, Stull and Brinkley easily won re-election defeating Democratic challenger Valerie M. Hertges

In 2002 Brinkley was elected to the Maryland Senate, representing District 4, which covers Carroll County and Frederick County. He defeated Republican incumbent Timothy R. Ferguson in the primary election.[4] He went on to overwhelmingly defeat Timothy Schlauch in the general election.[5]

In 2006, he defeated Republican challenger Paul Chamberlain in the primary election.[6] He ran unopposed to any Democrats in the general election and convincingly defeated the write-ins.[7] .


As a member of the House of Delegates, he was Deputy Minority Whip from 1997–1998.

He was the Senate Minority Leader from 2007 to 2008.

In 2010 he was selected as Minority Whip alongside Senator Allan H. Kittleman who was selected as Minority Leader.[8] When Kittleman resigned in 2011, Brinkley again ran for Minority Leader, but was rejected in favor of the conservative Senator Nancy Jacobs. [9] [10] Brinkley immediately resigned his position as Minority Whip upon losing the election to the more conservative Jacobs. [11] Brinkley returned to the position of minority leader in 2013 following a five-year hiatus.[12]

Committee assignments[13][edit]

  • Budget and Taxation Committee, 2003-
    • Education, business & administration subcommittee (2003–06, 2011-)
    • Health & Human Services subcommittee, (2007)
    • Pensions subcommittee (2007, 2011-)
    • Health, education & human resources subcommittee (2008–10)
  • Joint Audit Committee (2004-)
  • Rules Committee (2007-)
  • Executive Nominations Committee (2007-)
  • Legislative Policy Committee (2007-)
  • Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive, and Legislative Review (2007-)
  • Spending Affordability Committee (2008-)
  • Special Joint Committee on Pensions (2011-)
  • Joint Committee on Children, Youth, and Families (2003–08)
  • Spending Affordability Committee (2007–08)
  • Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics (2007–10)
  • Joint Committee on the Selection of the State Treasurer (2007)

Other memberships[edit]

  • Agricultural Stewardship Commission (2005–06 )
  • Senate Special Commission on Electric Utility Deregulation Implementation (2005–06)
  • Maryland Rural Caucus (2003-)
  • Maryland Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus (2003-)
  • Maryland Veterans Caucus (2004-)

2012 congressional election[edit]

After redistricting, 85 year old Republican incumbent U.S. Congressman Roscoe Bartlett was placed into a district that Obama won. Portions of Baltimore and Harford counties as waddell as Carroll County were taken away from the 6th District during redistricting. More of Montgomery County was put into the district, while another part of Montgomery County was removed and added to northern Frederick County to reform the 8th District.[14] His current district has Obama at just 40%, while the newly redrawn district has Obama at 56%.[15]

In November, his Chief of Staff, Bud Otis, was reportedly soliciting the support of Maryland Republicans to run for his seat should he decide to retire. On November 30, 2011 Roll Call reported that Brinkley will run for Maryland's 6th congressional district and, “if necessary,” will primary Bartlett, according to his friend and supporter, state Delegate LeRoy Myers.[16]

Electoral history[edit]

  • 2006 Race for Maryland State Senate – District 4[17]
Name Votes Percent Outcome
David R. Brinkley, Rep. 33,879   98.7%    Won
Other (Write-Ins) 455   1.3%    Lost
  • 2002 Race for Maryland State Senate – District 4[18]
Name Votes Percent Outcome
David R. Brinkley, Rep. 29,231   76.4%    Won
Timothy Schlauch, Dem. 8,957   23.4%    Lost
Other (Write-Ins) 82   0.2%    Lost
  • 1998 Race for Maryland House of Delegates – District 4A[19]
Voters to choose two:
Name Votes Percent Outcome
David R. Brinkley, Rep. 15,383   39%    Won
Paul S. Stull, Rep 14,559   37%    Won
Valerie M. Hertges, Dem 9,892   25%    Lost
  • 1994 Race for Maryland House of Delegates – District 4A[20]
Voters to choose two:
Name Votes Percent Outcome
David R. Brinkley, Rep. 12,296   31%    Won
Paul S. Stull, Rep 11,789   30%    Won
Thomas H. Hattery, Dem 9,900   25%    Lost
Thomas Gordon Slater, Dem 5,785   15%    Lost


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