O. James Lighthizer

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Jim Lighthizer

O. James "Jim" Lighthizer (born March 20, 1946) is an American lawyer, politician, and the president of the Civil War Trust battlefield preservation organization.

As a Democrat, he served from 1982 to 1990 as County Executive of Anne Arundel County, Maryland and is remembered for being instrumental in the creation of Quiet Waters Park, something he would later say was "the toughest political fight in my 16 years of politics".[1]

Prior to serving as County Executive, Lighthizer was a member of the Maryland House of Delegates from 1979 to 1982.

After his term ended, Lighthizer served as the Secretary of Transportation to Governor William Donald Schaefer from 1991 to 1995. After leaving state service, Lighthizer has served as the President of the Civil War Trust since 1999.[2]

In December 2004, Lighthizer was appointed by Governor Bob Ehrlich to co-chair the Task Force on Traffic Capacity Across the Chesapeake Bay.

Robert Lighthizer is his brother.


  1. ^ Gazette, Capital. "Our say: On parks, Schuh plays the Quiet Waters card". Baltimore Sun. 
  2. ^ John A. Farrell (November 16, 2008). "McMansionizing History". The Washington Post. 

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Preceded by
Robert A. Pascal
Anne Arundel County Executive
Succeeded by
Robert R. Neall