A recognized and experienced leader in both government and business

A former Republican member of the Maryland General Assembly representing Anne Arundel County, James quickly became the legislator that colleagues and businessmen turned to when bi-partisan solutions were needed to difficult economic issues. A member of the House Economic Matters Committee, and the Business Regulation Sub-Committee, James has an in-depth understanding of the issues facing Maryland's business community. While in the Legislature, James also served as member of the Unemployment Insurance Sub-Committee and the Joint Committee on Base Realignment and Closure.

After his service in the General Assembly, James' combination of legislative and business experience led to his appointments to the Congressional and Legislative Redistricting Commission and the Video Lottery Terminal Location Commission. James has built a reputation as an honest and trustworthy advocate for the small business community and is respected by elected leaders on both sides of the aisle.

In addition to his experience with business issues while in the Legislature, he has a unique business perspective as one of the larger employers in the region. James owns and operates businesses throughout Central Maryland and Virginia and employs over 400 people. He has served as a Board Member for numerous organizations including the Restaurant Association of Maryland, Gambrills Crossroads Business Organization, The Connor Cares Foundation, The Anne Arundel County Business Roundtable, and the United Way.


A lawyer with a wide range of comprehensive experience in strategic planning and policy implementation at the State and County level.

Alan served in a series of senior staff positions for Governor Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr. He was initially assigned as a special counsel to assist in agency reorganization, moved to the role of senior policy advisor and completed his service as director of legislative relations. Throughout his time in State government, Alan was responsible for an ever-increasing range of governmental initiatives and legislative programs. He moved with confidence through executive department and legislative branch meetings, working with key stakeholders to solve problems and improve government services. In 2013, Alan left government service after completing seven years as the head of the Governmental Relations Office for Anne Arundel County. Working with both the County Council and the General Assembly Delegation, Alan provided key policy advice to the County Executive in both legislative and administrative initiatives. In this role, he used the personal relationships developed over two decades of public service to help advance innovations in land use, public safety, the environment and education. He served as the point of contact for elected officials in their dealings with County government and assisted them in solving constituent problems. Alan was widely recognized for his ability to effectively cut through bureaucracy and get results. Public officials on both sides of the aisle acknowledged him as a well-informed, credible and straightforward representative of the County government.

Alan is currently the County Executive’s representative on the Board of Directors of the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Conference and Visitors Bureau and also serves on the Board of Directors of the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts.

Schuh names Friedman and King to lead transition team (From the Capital Gazette newspaper, November 6, 2014): (County Executive-Elect Steve) Schuh announced Thursday that Alan R. Friedman and former Del. James J. King would be chairmen of his transition committees and would recommend appointments and advise on policy and government reform.