[Photograph of Department Secretary] HENRY A. VIRTS, D.V.M., Secretary of Agriculture

Secretary of Agriculture since January 6, 1998. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, 1994-97.

Assistant State Veterinarian, 1987-89. State Veterinarian, 1989-93. Member, Maryland Agricultural Commission, 1970-87 (vice-chair, 1985-87).

Member, Board of Regents, University System of Maryland, 1998-; Governor's Executive Council, 1998-; Smart Growth and Neighborhood Conservation Subcabinet, 1998-; Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation, 1998-; Governor's Council on the Chesapeake Bay, 1998-; Maryland Food Center Authority, 1998-; Maryland Horse Industry Board, 1998-; Mid-Atlantic Poultry Health Council, 1998-; Governor's Pesticide Council, 1998-; Rural Legacy Board, 1998-; Scenic and Wild Rivers Review Board, 1998-; State Soil Conservation Committee, 1998-; Maryland Winery and Grape Growers' Advisory Board, 1998-. Co-Chair, Interagency Nutrient Reduction Oversight Committee, 1998-. Member, Drought Emergency Coordinating Committee, 1999; Shore Erosion Task Force, 1999-2000; Task Force on Tobacco Crop Conversion in Maryland, 1999-.

Born in Washington, D.C., November 10, 1932. Attended University of Maryland, 1950-52; University of Georgia, D.V.M., 1956. Private veterinary practice, 1959-87. Resident of Mechanicsville, St. Mary's County. Married.

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