Governor Larry Hogan appointed Joseph Bartenfelder to serve as Secretary of Agriculture on December 23, 2014. He was approved by the Senate and sworn in to office in March 2015.
Mr. Bartenfelder grew up on a farm, and has been a full-time farmer and small businessman since graduating Towson University with a bachelor's degree in business. His family lives on the home farm in Caroline County, and also owns and operates two other farms in Dorchester County. The Bartenfelder family sells produce at the Baltimore City Farmers’ Market and wholesale, raises poultry, and grows wheat, beans, and corn. (The Bartenfelder family has been farming its original Baltimore County farmstead since 1903.)
From December 1994 to December 2010, he served as a member of the Baltimore County Council, representing District 6, (chair, 1997, 2000, 2005, 2009). He also chaired the Baltimore County Spending Affordability Committee.
Mr. Bartenfelder also served as a member of the House of Delegates from 1983-94, representing District 8 (Baltimore County).