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David R. Brinkley

Member of the Maryland Senate
from the 4th district
Assumed office 
January 8, 2003
Preceded by Timothy R. Ferguson

Member of the Maryland House of Delegates
from the 4A district
In office
January, 1995 – January 8, 2003
Preceded by George Littrell & Thomas H. Hattery
Succeeded by Joseph R. Bartlett

Born September 24, 1959 (1959-09-24) (age 50)
Frederick, Maryland
Political party Republican

David R. Brinkley (born September 24, 1959) is a Republican State Senator in Maryland, United States.



Brinkley grew up in New Market, Maryland. He is a member and former firefighter with the New Market Volunteer Fire Company. Brinkley was first elected to the Maryland State Senate in 2003, representing District 4, which covers Carroll County and Frederick County. He defeated Republican incumbent Timothy R. Ferguson in the primary election.[1] He went on to overwhelmingly defeat Timothy Schlauch in the general election.[2]

In 2006, he defeated Republican challenger Paul Chamberlain in the primary election.[3] He ran unopposed to any Democrats in the general election and convincingly defeated the write-ins.[4]

He was previously a member of the Maryland House of Delegates from 1995 - 2003. He was first elected to the House of Delegates along with Paul S. Stull when they defeated Thomas H. Hattery and Thomas Gordon Slater.[5] Incumbent George Littrell ran for the State Senate seat left open by Charles H. Smelser. Unfortunately for Littrell, he was defeated by Timothy R. Ferguson, who, as mentioned previously, would later be defeated by Brinkley when he ran for the Senate seat.[6]

In 2002, Stull and Brinkley easily won reelection defeating Democratic challenger Valerie M. Hertges.


Brinkley attended Gettysburg College, received his B.A. from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1981. He also attended American College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, receiving his C.L.U. (chartered life underwriter) and Ch.F.C.(chartered financial consultant) in 1985. He is also an estate and financial planner.


He was the Senate Minority Leader from 2007 to 2008. He did not seek re-election to the post.

As a member of the House of Delegates, he was Deputy Minority Whip from 1997 - 1998.


On June 6, 2008, the Frederick News-Post reported that police had responded to a domestic disturbance at Sen. Brinkley's New Market home.[7] Shortly after the report, it was rumored that Sen. Brinkley had been having an affair.[8]

  • 2006 Race for Maryland State Senate – District 4[9]
Name Votes Percent Outcome
David R. Brinkley, Rep. 33,879   98.7%    Won
Other (Write-Ins) 455   1.3%    Lost
  • 2002 Race for Maryland State Senate – District 4[10]
Name Votes Percent Outcome
David R. Brinkley, Rep. 29,231   76.4%    Won
Timothy Schlauch, Dem. 8,957   23.4%    Lost
Other (Write-Ins) 82   0.2%    Lost
  • 1998 Race for Maryland House of Delegates – District 4A[11]
Voters to choose two:
Name Votes Percent Outcome
David R. Brinkley, Rep. 15,383   39%    Won
Paul S. Stull, Rep 14,559   37%    Won
Valerie M. Hertges, Dem 9,892   25%    Lost
  • 1994 Race for Maryland House of Delegates – District 4A[12]
Voters to choose two:
Name Votes Percent Outcome
David R. Brinkley, Rep. 12,296   31%    Won
Paul S. Stull, Rep 11,789   30%    Won
Thomas H. Hattery, Dem 9,900   25%    Lost
Thomas Gordon Slater, Dem 5,785   15%    Lost


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