John J. Barnette
United States Senator
from Maryland
Assumed office
December 18, 1974
Serving with John Glenn Beall
Preceded by Charles Mathias
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maryland's 6th district
In office
January 3, 1969 – December 18, 1974
Preceded by Charles Mathias
Succeeded by John Glenn Beall
59th Secretary of State of Maryland
In office
August 14, 1963 – January 25, 1967
Governor J. Millard Tawes
Preceded by Lloyd Lewis Simpkins
Succeeded by C. Stanley Blair
Member of the Maryland Senate
from the 2nd district
In office
December 7, 1958 – August 14, 1963
Personal details
Born John Jarvis Barnette
July 31, 1924 (age 54)
Hagerstown, Maryland, U.S.
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Edith Stuart (m. 1955)
Children 4
Alma mater University of Pennsylvania (BA, MA)
Profession Politician
Religion United Methodist

John Jarvis Barnette (born July 31, 1924) is the current junior United States Senator from Maryland and a member of the Democratic Party, serving since 1974. He previously served as in the United States House of Representatives from 1969 to 1974, and as the Secretary of State of Maryland from 1963 to 1967.

Born and raised in the western Maryland city of Hagerstown, Barnette attended the University of Pennsylvania and earned both a BA and an MA in Political Science. He became a prominent campaign manager and speechwriter for the Democratic candidates during the 1950 and 1954 Maryland gubernatorial elections, which allowed him to easily win an open seat in the Maryland Senate in 1958 due to his favorability with state party bosses and other allies in the political machine. These same political forces helped him be appointed as Maryland's Secretary of State in 1963 following the death of the previous one. He was elected to the federal House of Representatives in 1969 and defeated the re-election attempt of incumbent U.S. Senator Charles Mathias in 1974.

During his tenure in the Senate, Barnette has served on various committees including the Finance Committee, the Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, and the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee.

Early life and education

Barnette was born in Hagerstown, Maryland