Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford
Boyd Rutherford was born and raised in Northeast Washington, D.C. The youngest of three children he attended D.C. public schools until attending Archbishop John Carroll High School.
He initially went to a college in Boston, Massachusetts but returned home after his freshman year to attend Howard University. He paid for his education through a combination of loans, grants, and part-time work, including: driving a delivery truck; summer work at D.C. recreation centers, the Stay in School program through the Department of Justice, and others. Upon graduation, Boyd accepted a position with the Bankers Trust Company in New York City. He eventually left banking for opportunities in information technology. Those opportunities took him to Los Angeles where he met and married his wife, Monica. During that time, he attended and graduated from the University of Southern California earning both a Law Degree and a Masters in Communications Management.
After graduating, Boyd practiced law in Los Angeles for several years before returning to the east coast to practice law first in a D.C. law firm and later a Baltimore firm. His wife and three children moved to Columbia, Maryland where their children attended Howard County Public Schools.
In 2000, Boyd was appointed by President George W. Bush, Associate Administration of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). He headed the Office of Small Business Utilization and subsequently was asked by the Administrator to also take on the newly created Office of Performance Improvement. As head of the Office of Small Business, he was able to insure the Agency exceeded its small business goals, achieving between 34 and 38% of Agency procurements with small businesses during his years of leadership. As the head of the GSA Office of Performance Improvement, the Lieutenant Governor lead a team in the process that initially led to the consolidation of the Federal Supply Service and the Federal Technical Service into the Federal Acquisition Service.
In 2003, Lieutenant Governor Rutherford was asked by Governor Ehrlich to join his administration as Secretary of the Maryland Department of General Services (DGS). A few of his accomplishments included: Instituting the State’s first reverse energy auction, resulting in over $5 million cost avoidance; overseeing the construction of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland of African American History and Culture; the $29 million expansion of the Maryland House of Delegates Building; and personally negotiated the resolution of the multi-million contract dispute over construction of the State Police Forensic Lab. In 2006, Lieutenant Governor Rutherford was nominated by President George W. Bush to serve as the Assistant Secretary for Administration at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. During his two year tenure he: Oversaw over $4 billion in contracting with over 50% with small businesses; Led the consolidation of several leased Washington area offices resulting in over $24 million in savings to taxpayers; Established the USDA Sustainable Operations Council; and Put forward initiative that reduced HQ facility energy consumption by 4.5% producing over $500,000 in annual cost savings.
After serving two years as the Chief Administrative Officer with the Republican National Committee, Mr. Rutherford returned to private law practice as Of Counsel to the government contracting firm of Benton, Potter & Murdock. In addition, he provided business development consulting services under his Eastwind Strategies, consulting practice. In addition, he taught Business Ethics at Howard Community College.
It was during this time when Mr. Rutherford began to follow his friend, Governor Hogan’s grassroots organization, Change Maryland, accompanying him on some of the Governor’s travels around the State and providing general support to his friend’s vision for Maryland. In January of 2014, Governor Hogan asked Mr. Rutherford to join him in a quest to Change Maryland for the better by running with him as his Lieutenant Governor candidate. Governor Hogan was particularly interested in having Mr. Rutherford on his team for his friendship and to utilize his administrative expertise in making the operations of State government more efficient.
Seeing the value of Lieutenant Governor Rutherford’s expertise, Governor Hogan decided that they would have a combined staff and have his Lieutenant Governor as an integral part of the day-to-day operations of government.
Lieutenant Governor Rutherford is only the ninth Lieutenant Governor in Maryland history and is the only one to hail from Howard County. He lives in Columbia with his wife Monica and have three adult children: Marshall, Lauren, & Kristen.