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Darryl Barnes

CHAIR LEGISLATIVE BLACK CAUCUS, HOUSE OF DELEGATES

barnes-darrylDarryl Barnes has been a member of the House of Delegates since 2015 and chair of the Legislative Black Caucus, one of the most powerful voting blocs in the chamber, since 2018.

He represents the 25th District in Prince George’s County, serves as deputy majority whip and sits on the House Ways and Means Committee.

What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned in your career?

The importance of working across the aisle and establishing collaborative relationships with people from all different walks of life.

What’s been your biggest success?

Working with Del. Diana Fennell and Sen. Cory McCray in ensuring the passage of the Fight for 15 legislation.

Who have been the biggest mentors in your career?

Del. Talmadge Branch, Del. Dereck Davis, Del. Jay Walker, Speaker Adrienne Jones. Each one of these individuals has inspired me beyond measure, and I am thankful for the wisdom and support they have showered me with as a member of the House of Delegates.

What are your hopes for the state or your community this year?

As chairman of the Legislative Black Caucus, my hope is that the legislature supports the vast agenda set out by the LBC and Speaker Jones, which is closely tailored around equity and inclusion in the Black community. My hope is that the reform initiatives we have identified as priorities become law.

This profile is part of The Daily Record's Power 100 list for 2021. Information used in this profile was sourced from the honoree. See the full list at thedailyrecord.com or in our digital edition.