Biography

Throughout his 30 years in public service, Barry Glassman has been recognized for outstanding character, service and leadership. His record as a fiscal conservative includes promoting rural values and steadfast protection of Harford County’s land and water resources.

Barry Glassman began elected public service in 1990 representing the northern district on the Harford County Council. He later won a seat in the Maryland House of Delegates and was honored in 2009 with the Senator William H. Amoss Memorial Legislative Award for outstanding service to the Maryland State Firemen’s Association.

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Elected to the Maryland Senate in 2010, Barry served as Senate chair of the Harford Delegation, co-chair of the Legislative Fire and EMS Caucus and as a member of the Senate Finance Committee. He completed the 2010 Emerging Leaders Program at the University of Virginia.

In 2014, Barry was elected as Harford’s seventh county executive and led his administration to earn six national awards for innovation from the National Association of Counties. He was elected to a second term in 2018.  As county executive, Barry was appointed by Governor Larry Hogan to the Maryland Economic Development Corporation (MEDCO) Board of Directors. He was elected president of the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) for 2019.  Recent recognitions include a United Way Lives United Leadership Award from United Way of Central Maryland and induction into the Maryland State Firemen’s Association Hall of Fame.

A longtime supporter of Harford County 4-H and agriculture, Barry raised sheep for over 30 years. He lives with his wife, Debi, on a small farm in Darlington. They have one son, Jordan.