In January, Republican gubernatorial nominee Larry Hogan named former colleague Boyd Rutherford as his running mate. If Hogan wins, Rutherford stands to become the state’s third African-American lieutenant governor.
The pair, who both served as cabinet members under the Robert Ehrlich administration, are friends, Rutherford said, and that’s why they decided to team up. “This was not one of those matches made in money like the other guys,” he said
The 57-year-old Howard County resident said he couldn’t bring a hefty treasure chest to the campaign, but he does bring confidence. “I felt I could make a positive impact based on my experience in state and federal government,” he said. “I could bring efficiencies to the engine of government.
“We agreed, almost from the start, that the role I would play is that of chief operating officer and Larry would serve as chief executive,” Rutherford added. “My focus would be on making sure the train (of government) is running on time.”
Increasing efficiency and performance was one of Rutherford’s jobs while serving as an associate administrator for the U.S. General Services Administration, where he was also tasked with increasing the use of small businesses in government procurement. Later he joined then-Gov. Ehrlich’s administration, serving as secretary of general services – the official who oversees state-owned facilities and other real estate matters – from March 2003 to June 2006. In 2006, President George W. Bush named Rutherford assistant secretary of agriculture for administration.
In addition to his public service, Rutherford has an extensive and varied career in law and business. He currently works as a lawyer with the firm of Benton Potter & Murdock, which has offices in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. He’s also worked in information technology sales, and small and minority business development. Rutherford previously served on the Baltimore City Brownfields Redevelopment Council and on the Board of the Corridor Transportation Corp.
A native of Washington, D.C., Rutherford holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from Howard University, as well as a law degree and a master’s degree in communications management from the University of Southern California.
He and his wife, Monica, live in Columbia, and have three adult children.