Senator J. Glenn Beall, Jr.

J. Glenn Beall, Jr.Senator J. Glenn Beall, Jr. (R-Md.) served in both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate from January 1969 through January 1977. Born in 1927 in Cumberland, Md., Beall served in the U.S. Navy from 1945-1946, and graduated from Yale University in 1950. He was in the general insurance business and, in 1965, was one of the original incorporators of Beall, Garner & Geare Inc., retiring finally in 1997 as chairman and CEO of BGS&G Companies. He successfully ran for a seat in the Maryland House of Delegates in 1962. Re-elected in 1966, then-Delegate Beall served as the minority floor leader from 1963-1968. In 1968, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and served one term in the 91st Congress before being elected to serve in the U.S. Senate in 1970.

During his term in the U.S. Senate from January 1971 through January 1977, he sponsored legislation that created the Senate Budget Office and the Congressional Budget Office, and served as one of the first members of the Senate Budget Committee. Senator Beall was a principal sponsor for legislation concerning the environment, crime, education, health, and fiscal responsibility in government. Included among the more significant pieces of legislation are The Physician Manpower Shortage Act, The C&O Canal Development Act, The Historic Preservation Tax Act and the National Elementary Reading Emphasis Act. He was also instrumental in keeping Fort Detrick (located in Frederick, Md.) open as a cancer research center.

J. Glenn Beall, Jr. continued his devotion to public service in the years following his Senate term. He was vice chairman of the 1981 White House Conference on Aging and president of the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress. He served as chairman of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce, chairman of the Executive Council of the Maryland Hospital Association, a trustee of the Maryland Historical Trust and as a commissioner of the Maryland Higher Education Commission. He chaired the Canal Place Preservation and Development Authority – an organization dedicated to preserving the history of the C&O Canal in Maryland. The Senator passed away in 2006. He is survived by his wife, Nancy, and their daughter, Victoria.