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Kumar P. Barve

Member of the Maryland House of Delegates
from the 17th district
In office
1991 – present

Born September 8, 1958 (1958-09-08) (age 51)
Schenectady, New York
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Maureen Quinn
Residence Montgomery County, Maryland
Occupation Financial officer
Religion Hindu

Kumar P. Barve (Marathi: कुमार बर्वे) is an American politician. He is a member of the Maryland House of Delegates, representing district 17 in Montgomery County.[1]


Legislative career

In the Maryland legislature, Barve is the Majority Leader and a member of the House Ways and Means Committee. He previously chaired the Science & Technology Sub-Committee of the House Committee on Economic Matters. Barve introduced and helped enact the Patient Access Act—the first bill in the nation to regulate HMOs. It has since been copied by 34 states. The Act permits patients to see doctors outside of their HMO network, prohibited "gag" rules on health-care providers that jeopardized patient care, and prohibited financial incentives that curtailed and compromised care. Barve was, also, one of the architects of the Maryland law that banned insurance companies from using pre-existing conditions to deny coverage. Additionally, Barve authored Maryland's version of the Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act (UCITA). The Act both affirms the intellectual-property rights of software developers and provides unprecedented consumer protections to purchasers of computer equipment. In 1999, Barve's bill to define the powers of corporations in making certain gifts passed both houses and was signed by the governor. [2] Barve sponsored a bill to ban marriages between first cousins in 2000. The bill passed the House easily but died in the Senate.[3] Barve created the Technology Development Corporation of Maryland, which has become the central focal point for fostering high-technology development in Maryland.
In the United States presidential election, 2008, Barve endorsed Barack Obama for President.[4]


Legislative notes

  • voted for the Healthy Air Act in 2006 (SB154) [1]
  • voted against slots in 2005 (HB1361) [2]
  • voted to ban first-cousin marriage in 2000 (HB459)[3]
  • voted for electric deregulation in 1999 (HB703) [4]
  • voted for income tax reduction in 1998 (SB750) [5]


  • voted for the Clean Indoor Air Act of 2007 (HB359) [6]
  • voted in favor of in-state tuition for the children of illegal immigrants in 2007 (HB6) who could prove they fully paid state taxes [7]
  • voted in favor of the Tax Reform Act of 2007 (HB2) [8]
  • voted in favor of Slots (HB4) in the 2007 Special session[5]

Achievements and awards

Barve, currently the Majority Leader, was the Chairman of the Montgomery County delegation, the largest jurisdiction in the State of Maryland. He has received the Legislator of the Year Award from the Montgomery County Medical Society an unprecedented four times. The Washington Post and the Baltimore Sun have endorsed Barve in past races[6]. He won his last election for one of three delegate seats with 23.9% of the vote, or 6,439 of the 26,979 votes cast.[7]

Personal life

Kumar Barve graduated from Georgetown University with a B.S. in Accounting. First elected in 1990, and re-elected four times — in 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2006, Barve is the Majority Leader in the House of Delegates, and was the first Indian-American in U.S. history elected to a state legislative body.[8]


In November 2007, Barve was cited by Gaithersburg Police for driving under the influence. [9] On July 17, 2008, Barve pleaded guilty and received a probation before judgement, and suspension of all but $200 of a $1,000 fine.[10]

On December 23, 2008, the Associated Press reported that Barve and his wife were receiving a Homestead Property Tax Credit on two properties. Barve and his wife each originally claimed a different home as their primary residence prior to their marriage in 2004. Three years after their marriage, both Barve and his wife indicated that his Gaithersburg residence would be the couple's primary residence. The AP indicated that the tax credits over three years were worth about $5,800 on his Annapolis property, where Barve lives during the annual legislative session, and about $3,570 on his primary residence in Gaithersburg. Barve indicated that he assumed Anne Arundel County would delete the exemption, but the county did not receive a copy of the declaration signed by both Barve and his wife in 2007.[11] Having co-sponsored a bill last year to prevent people from illegally claiming the credit on multiple properties[12], he engaged in the same type of behavior he sought to stop in the legislation he once supported. However, Mr. Barve is not the first politician to double dip on tax credits, the Baltimore Sun reported Democratic Congressman Pete Stark engaged in a similar double dipping practice as the Maryland House Majority Leader.[13]


  1. ^ "Kumar P. Barve, Maryland State Delegate". Maryland House of Delegates. 2008-03-06. Retrieved 2008-03-21.  
  2. ^ "BILL INFO-1999 Regular Session-HB 154". Maryland House of Delegates. 2005-05-13. Retrieved 2008-03-12.  
  3. ^ House Bill 459.
  4. ^ Wagner, John (2008-02-12). "A Wave of Late Endorsements". Washington Post. Retrieved 2008-03-21.  
  5. ^ "HouseBill 4 3rd Reading Vote Tally". Maryland Department of Legislative Information Services. Retrieved 2009-05-29.  
  6. ^ "Choices in Montgomery". Washington Post. 2006-09-10. Retrieved 2008-03-21.  
  7. ^ "Election Summary Report". Montgomery County Board of Elections. 2006-10-10. Retrieved 2009-08-15.  
  8. ^ "Kumar Barve is the first NRI to be elected as a state legislator in United States history.". Retrieved 2009-08-15.  
  9. ^ Murrett, Patricia (2007-11-30). "Top state lawmaker accused of driving drunk in Gaithersburg". Montgomery Gazette. Retrieved 2008-12-27.  
  10. ^ "Barve, Kumar Prabhakar". Maryland Judiciary. Retrieved 2008-12-27.  
  11. ^ Tallman, Douglas (2009-01-02). "Tax credit on residence of Barve, wife questioned." Montgomery Gazette: A-2.
  12. ^ "Lawmaker pledges to pay back any taxes owed". 2008-12-23. Retrieved 2008-12-27.  
  13. ^,0,4953317.story?track=rss


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