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federal agency administrator , state legislator

James Franklin Ports, American federal agency administrator, former state legislator. Recipient People Against Child Abuse award, Maryland School Blind award, Baltimore County Police Department award, Expeditionary medal.


Ports, James Franklin was born on December 1, 1958 in Baltimore. Son of James Franklin and Dale (Ziegler) Ports.


Associate of Arts, Essex Community College, Baltimore, 1989.


Pipe fitter Harry Sparks Heating, 1977-1978. Fitter/installer Baltimore Gas and Electrical Company, 1982-1985, maintenance technician, 1985-1989, trainer, quality control inspector, since 1989. Member Maryland House Delegates from District 8, 1991—2002, constitutional and administrative law committee, 1991-1992, workers compensation work group, 1991-1992, ways and means committee, 1992—2002, subcommittee on education, 1993, subcommittee on transportation, subcommittee on housing/social issues, 1994, special joint committee on transportation, 1994, subcommittee taxes and revenue, 1995.

Assistant secretary for administration Maryland Department Transportation, 2002—2004, deputy secretary, 2004—2007. Deputy administrator National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, United States Department Transportation, Washington, since 2007.


Vice president Northeast Fullerton Community Association, 1986-1990. Member Taxpayers for Government Efficiency, since 1989. Member Maryland Republican State Central Committee, 1989-1990.

Member Veterans of Foreign Wars (Commander 1991-1992), Toastmasters, Formatting Objects Processor, Phi Theta Kappa.


Married Linda Lee Linton, 1980. Children: Christopher James, Jonathan Russell, Kelsey Linton.

James Franklin Ports

Dale (Ziegler) Ports

Linda Lee Linton

Christopher James Ports

Jonathan Russell Ports

Kelsey Linton Ports