Barry Glassman has been a long-time advocate for Northern Harford County as a County Councilman in the 1990's and now a State Senator. He was born to Charles and Louise Glassman, lifelong residents of Harford County, on March 24, 1962 at Harford Memorial Hospital. The Glassman family has made their home on a small farm in the community of Level Village and have been members of the Rock Run Church since that time. Senator Glassman is a descendent of the Little family, Irish immigrants, who settled in the Dublin area of Harford County in the early 1800's.
Senator Glassman attended the Harford County Public Schools of Meadowvale Elementary, Havre de Grace Middle, and Havre de Grace High School. In 1980, he was chosen as a Century Three Leader and elected Treasurer of his Senior Class. At sixteen, Barry joined the Level Volunteer Fire Company. Over the past years, he has completed University of Maryland Basic Fire School and Emergency Medical Technician Training. Senator Glassman currently serves as Co-Chair of the Legislative Fire and EMS Caucus. In 2009, he was awarded the William H. Amoss Award for outstanding service to the Maryland State Fireman's Association. Senator Glassman is currently an honorary member of the Level Volunteer Fire Company after serving as President of the company prior to his entrance into public service.
After graduating from Havre de Grace High School, Senator Glassman headed for the Eastern Shore to attend Maryland's oldest private college, Washington College in Chestertown. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science in 1984 and participated in the Maryland College Republicans. He also served as Vice President and President of the Student Government Association. Senator Glassman's collegiate years were culminated by receiving the prestigious Henry Catlin 94 Medal given to the senior man found "to be outstanding in the qualities of scholarship, character, leadership and citizenship." Senator Glassman is also a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Society. In 1990, Senator Glassman was selected as an "Outstanding Young Man of America for 1989" in recognition of outstanding professional achievement, superior leadership ability and exceptional service to the community.
Senator Barry Glassman spent two terms on the Harford County Council representing Northern Harford County, at which time he served as Vice President of the Council and participated on many boards and ad hoc committees. His 20 year record of service to Harford County has shown him to be a fiscal conservative while promoting rural values and steadfastly protecting Harford County's land and water resources. Senator Glassman was a member of the Maryland House of Delegates from 2000 to 2007. While in the House of Delegates, Senator Glassman served as Chairman of the County Delegation for seven years, before being chosen by the late Senator Bob Hooper to take his seat in the Maryland Senate in 2007. He has served as a member of the Senate Finance Committee since that time. Senator Glassman was also accepted into the Emerging Leaders Program for 2010 and completed the program at the University of Virginia.
Senator Glassman is currently employed as a Claims Investigative Specialist in the property and casualty insurance field. He resides in Darlington, Maryland along with his wife Debi and their son Jordan. In addition to his public and private roles, Senator Glassman continues to raise a small flock of registered Suffolk Sheep and Southdown Sheep which he enjoys showing at the Mason-Dixon Fair and the Maryland State Fair. Senator Glassman has been a longtime supporter of Harford County 4-H and markets "Darlington Lamb" to local buyers and to various sheep breeders around the State.