Deputy Secretary Steven A. Connelly
Steve Connelly was appointed Deputy Secretary of Agriculture on Jan. 18, 2022. Prior to his appointment, Connelly served as Assistant Secretary for Marketing, Animal Industries and Consumer Services for MDA and has previously served in other roles throughout his career at the department.
Outside of his work at MDA, Connelly has held leadership positions with agricultural organizations including USDA's Farm Service Agency, Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation and Maryland Farm Bureau. He also holds a degree in Agriculture and Resource Economics from the University of Maryland.
Connelly was born and raised on a dairy farm in Cecil County and currently resides in Rising Sun with his wife, Valerie.