James N. Robey

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James N. Robey
Member of the Maryland Senate
from the 13th district
Assumed office
January 10, 2007
Preceded by Sandra Schrader
Majority leader of the Maryland Senate
Assumed office
September 1, 2013
Preceded by Robert J. Garagiola
Personal details
Born Baltimore, Maryland
Political party Democratic
Alma mater University of Maryland University College, Hood College

James N. Robey (born January 18, 1941) is a member of the Maryland Senate.[1] He is the current Maryland State Senate Majority Leader.


Robey was born in Baltimore, and raised in the small Howard County mill town of Daniels, once located on the banks of the Patapsco River.[2] His son Wayne Robey became the Clerk of the Circuit Court when Margaret D. Rappaport retired in 2012.[3][4]


He attended Howard High School[1] His principal was Howard County's first Execuitive Omar J. Jones. He graduated with the class of 1959. Robey holds a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland University College where he was recognized as the 2002 Distinguished Alumnus. He also holds a Masters Degree in Administrative Management from Hood College and is a graduate of both the FBI's National Academy and its Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar.[1]


Robey joined the Howard County Police Department in 1966 reaching major by 1981. He was appointed by Charles I. Ecker to Chief of Police replacing Frederick W. Chaney in 1991. He retired in 1998 to run for County Executive.[5][6] He was elected as County Executive of Howard County, Maryland in 1998 and 2002.[7]

In 2006, Robey campaigned as a Democrat against Republican incumbent Sandra Schrader for her seat in the Maryland State Senate representing District 13. Robey won with 56% of the vote.

On October 29, 2007, the James N. Robey Public Safety Training Facility was dedicated. This will be a facility for both the Howard County Police Department and Howard County Fire and Rescue to use for training purposes.

Robey has been labeled one of the most-liberal State Senators in the Maryland Assembly. An independent website, www.votesmart.org, displays that Robey received a score of 97 out of 100 (the highest rating of any state senator) from a liberal organization known as Progressive Maryland.

On September 1, 2013, Robey was chosen to replace State Senator Robert J. Garagiola as State Senate Majority Leader.

Election History[edit]

Year Office Election Subject Party Votes  % Opponent Party Votes  % Opponent Party Votes  %
1998 Howard County Executive General James N. Robey Democratic 43,322 55% Dennis Schrader Republican 35,081 44%  
2006 Maryland Senate District 13 General James N. Robey Democratic 24,354 56.1% Sandra Schrader Republican 19,021 43.8%  
  1. ^ a b c "JAMES N. ROBEY". Maryland Senate. Retrieved 2008-11-13. 
  2. ^ The Howard County Historical Society. Howard County. p. 6. 
  3. ^ Len Lazarick (3 June 2014). "Competitive Primary Races for Some Offices: But Low Turnout Expected". The Business Monthly. 
  4. ^ "Howard County Circuit Court Clerk retires for health reasons". The Baltimore Sun. 8 November 2002. 
  5. ^ "Ecker Appoints County Police Chief". The Baltimore Sun. 26 February 1991. 
  6. ^ "Howard Co. chief of police to retire: Livesay is running for County Council". The Baltimore Sun. 20 May 2006. 
  7. ^ "Your Commissioners – Holden and Robey". Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. Retrieved 2008-11-13. [dead link]