James M. Kelly (politician)

James M. Kelly (politician)

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name = James M. Kelly

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order = Delegate Maryland District 9B
term_start = January 11, 1995
term_end = August 31, 2001
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successor = Melissa R. Kelly
birth_date = July 5, 1960
birth_place = Cleveland, Ohio
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party = Republican
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James M. Kelly (Born July 2, 1960) was first elected in 1994 to represent District 9B, which covers a portion of Baltimore County, Maryland.


Delegate Kelly was first elected in 1994 when he defeated Democrat Stephen W. Lafferty for the new 9B seat. Previously, there was a District 9 that was served by Gerry L. Brewster, John J. Bishop, and Martha Scanlan Klima. Delegate Klima went on to win District 9A's election. In the 1998 Republican primary election, Kelly was unchallenged. [ [http://www.elections.state.md.us/elections/1998/results_1998/pahod.html Maryland State Board of Elections ] ] Furthermore, he was unchallenged in the general election, as well. [ [http://www.elections.state.md.us/elections/1998/results_1998/gahod.html Maryland State Board of Elections ] ]

Delegate Kelly resigned from his position in 2001 and was replaced by his wife, Melissa R. Kelly [ [http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4183/is_20010921/ai_n10048004 Md. governor names Melissa Kelly to House of Delegates, replacing her | Daily Record, The (Baltimore) | Find Articles at BNET.com ] ] , by Governor Parris Glendening. [ [http://archive1.mdarchives.state.md.us/msa/mdmanual/06hse/html/hseapp.html] ] Kelly resigned his position as he was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve in the White House as his Special Assistant for Intergovernmental Affairs. [ [http://pelorusenterprises.com/team.html pelorusenterprises.com Coming Soon! ] ]


James Kelly Attended Towson High School in Towson, Maryland. After serving time in the military, Kelly went to college, receiving his B.S. in business administration and finance from the University of Maryland in 1988.

While working in the White House, Kelly earned his Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies through the U.S. Naval War College.


As mentioned previously, Kelly enlisted in U.S. Coast Guard Reserves in 1977 and attended Officer Candidate School, graduating in 1990. He has since been promoted to Lietenant. Kelly was also a Maryland State Trooper for the Maryland State Police from 1984 until 1989.

Kelly worked as a commercial lending and troubled-loan restructuring officer from 1989 until 1994. He was a small business owner from 1995 until 1997. In 2001, Kelly hired as Senior Advisor to Undersecretary for Memorial Affairs for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Kelly has received numerous awards over his career. He is a member of the Reserve Officers Association and the Maryland Troopers Association. He was a recipient of the Award for Duty Beyond the Call of Duty as Maryland State Trooper, which he received in 1985. He also received the award for Outstanding Junior Officer from the U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Office in 1994. He holds a Certificate of Achievement from the Maryland Federation of College Republicans [http://www.electgop.net/md/] in 1995. In 1996, he was selected as Legislator of the Year by the Alliance for the Mentally Ill [http://www.nami.org/] . Additionally, he was selected as Outstanding Junior Officer in entire Fifth District from the U.S. Coast Guard in 1997. Also in 1997, Kelly received the Certificate of Achievement from the Maryland Association of Psychiatric Support Services.

In 2001, as mentioned previously, Kelly was tapped by President Bush to work for the White House. Kelly was responsible for briefing the President on state, local, and tribal issues throughout the United States.

Election Results

*1998 Race for Maryland House of Delegates – District 9Bcite web| url=http://www.elections.state.md.us/elections/1998/results_1998/gahod.html| title=House of Delegates Results |publisher=Maryland State Board of Elections Retrieved on Nov. 14, 2007] ::Voters to choose one::

*1994 Race for Maryland House of Delegates – District 9Bcite web| url=http://www.elections.state.md.us/elections/1994/results_1994/gahod.html| title=House of Delegates Results |publisher=Maryland State Board of Elections Retrieved on Nov. 14, 2007] ::Voters to choose one::

References and notes

External links

* http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/mdmanual/06hse/former/html/msa12252.html

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