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 has family roots in the county dating back to the 1800s. Raised on a small farm, he joined the Level Volunteer Fire Company at the age of 16 and later g graduated from Havre De Grace High School and Washington College. As a college senior, he was awarded the prestigious Henry Catlin 1894 Medal for outstanding scholarship, character, leadership and citizenship.
Barry Glassman began elected public service in 1990 representing the northern district on the Harford County Council for two terms, including service as council vice president. In 1998, he won a seat in the Maryland House of Delegates. He chaired the Harford Delegation for many years until the late Sen. Bob Hooper recommended then-Del. Glassman as his replacement in the State Senate. He was honored in 2009 with the Senator William H. Amoss Memorial Legislative Award for outstanding service to the Maryland State Firemen’s Association.
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 a member of the Senate Finance Committee. He completed the 2010 Emerging Leaders Program at the University of Virginia.
As Harford’s seventh county executive, Barry was appointed by Gov. Larry Hogan to the Maryland Economic Development Corporation (MEDCO) Board of Directors. He was also elected to the 2015-16 Board of Directors for the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo), and serves as an officer in his role as secretary for 2017-18. 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 Fam. His Harford County administration has earned five national awards for innovation from the National Association of Counties.
A longtime supporter of Harford County 4-H, Barry continues to raise a small flock of Katahdin sheep. He lives on a small farm in Darlington along with his wife Debi.