|James T. Smith, Jr. was appointed Maryland Transportation Secretary by Governor Martin O’Malley on May 29, 2013. As Transportation Secretary, Mr. Smith oversees a $4.4 billion annual budget and manages more than 10,000 employees. The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) is the only state department of transportation with direct supervision over all aspects of transportation including: the State’s highway, transit and rail networks; motor vehicles; Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport; and the Port of Baltimore. All MDOT agencies receive funding from a common state Transportation Trust Fund. As Transportation Secretary, Mr. Smith also serves as Chairman of the Maryland Transportation Authority, the agency that owns and operates the state’s eight toll facilities.|
Until his recent nomination as Transportation Secretary, Mr. Smith was a partner in the law firm of Smith, Gildea & Schmidt in Towson, Md., working on complex litigation and business matters, administrative law, governmental affairs, land use and development.
A life-long resident of Baltimore County, Mr. Smith has dedicated much of his personal and professional life to public service. From 2002 through 2010, he served as the County Executive for Baltimore County, a diverse jurisdiction of more than 800,000 people. As County Executive, Mr. Smith worked closely with the State of Maryland and the Department of Transportation to deliver important transportation projects, including the I-795 / Dolefield Road Interchange and the Owings Mills Transit-Oriented Development. As county executive, he oversaw a $2.5 billion budget and 8,000 employees. In this role, he drew from his strong fiscal management and business acumen to focus on land use and transportation planning, sustainable community development and public-private partnerships to help move forward a transportation network geared to encourage economic opportunity, create jobs and improve the quality of life for the residents of Baltimore County.
Before his eight years as County Executive, Mr. Smith served 16 years as an associate judge on the Circuit Court for Baltimore County. The Circuit Court is the highest general trial jurisdiction court in Maryland and is responsible for all domestic, negligence, malpractice and serious criminal cases, among other litigation matters, and all appeals from administrative bodies.
Prior to his judicial service, he served for seven years on the Baltimore County Council and was Council Chair for two of those years. While on the County Council, Mr. Smith took a leadership role in developing County land use and zoning policies and regulations.
Mr. Smith currently serves on numerous boards, including: the University of Maryland Medical System, Shock Trauma, St. Joseph’s Medical Center, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Wheeling Jesuit University, and on the Board of Visitors of Towson University.