Kumar P. Barve
Maryland House of Delegates
Barve, newly appointed Majority Leader of the Maryland House of
Delegates, was first elected in 1990. He represents a district
with a population of roughly 110,000 that is in central
Montgomery County, Maryland.
For 12 years,
Delegate Barve was assigned to the House Committee on Economic
Matters which had jurisdiction over HMO and health insurance
reform, business regulation, consumer protection, and state
economic development strategy. He served as the first Chairman
of the Science & Technology Sub-Committee.
For the past
8 years, prior to his selection as Majority Leader, Del. Barve
was elected Chairman of the Montgomery County Delegation. In
this capacity, Delegate Barve was the legislative leader of the
largest county in the state of Maryland.
Barve was a co-sponsor and primary architect in 1993 of
Maryland's landmark reform of health insurance. He was the prime
sponsor of Maryland's 1995 law which allows HMO patients to use
physicians outside of their HMO network.
Barve was the prime architect of the landmark “e-commerce”
Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act (UCITA). With its
passage, Maryland becomes the first state in the nation to place
this important consumer and business protection statute in
1996 and 2000 Legislator of the Year Award -- Montgomery
County Maryland Medical Society, making him an unprecedented
three time awardee.
"Honor Roll" of legislators awarded by the Maryland
Association of Non-profit Organizations
Barve, 44-years-old, is the chief financial officer of an
environmental company in Rockville, Maryland. He graduated from
Georgetown University in 1980 with a Bachelors Degree in
Barve is the first person of Indian origin to be elected as a
state legislator in United States history.
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