NRI Kumar Barve, House
majority leader, charged with driving under the influence of alcohol
Gaithersburg, Maryland,December 1, 2007
NRI, Kumar P. Barve, 49, House Majority Leader and most respected
member of the House was charged with driving under the influence
of alcohol after being arrested in Gaithersburg late Thursday.
Interestingly, he has supported stricter drunken-driving laws
and one of the sponsors of a 2001 bill that changed the state's
legal blood-alcohol level for drivers from 0.10 to 0.08.
House Speaker Michael E. Busch said:
- Certainly, Delegate Barve is a respected member of the House,
and I don't see any reason why we would change his position.
- He's as human as everyone else, and sometimes we all make
The police spokesman Sgt. Rudy Wagner told Media people:
On Thursday, around 11:40 p.m., a Gaithersburg police officer
stoped Kumar when he left a parking lot in oldtown Gaithersburg
through a driveway marked "entrance only."
The Police Officer stopped the car, approached Barve, and smelled
alcohol. When the officer asked him if he had been drinking, Barve
said that he had had two drinks. Kumar failed a field sobriety
test and was found to have a 0.10 blood-alcohol level through
a preliminary breath test which is not admissible in court
The police officer handcuffed him and taken to a police station
where Kumar refused a blood-alcohol test. Police charged him on
- Driving under the influence
- Driving while impaired
- Failure to obey a traffic device
- Failure to drive right of the center line.
He was released about 1 a.m. on Friday
Nov. 08, 2006: Kumar P. Barve Elected
To State Representative District 17 Maryland, November
2006 General Election
Md. State House District 17
Candidate Votes %
Jim Gilchrist (D) 20,835 26
Luiz Simmons * (D) 19,630 24
Kumar Barve * (D) 19,469 24
Mary Haley (R) 7,702 9
Other 13,549 17
Barve, 43, won re-election from District 17, Maryland.
NRI, Kumar Barve, 44, won re-election from District
He has become the longest-serving elected Indian American official.
" DISTRICT 17: Democratic incumbents Kumar P. Barve and
Luiz Simmons are top-flight legislators who know how to press for
progressive programs. Mr. Barve is especially valuable as the deft
House majority leader who has been chairman of the county delegation."
-- The Washington Post
P. Barve is the first person of Indian origin to be elected as a
state legislator in United States history.
NRI, Kumar P. Barve,
elected in 1990, and re-elected three timesin 1994,1998, and
2002. Kumar P. Barve, is the Majority Leader in Maryland's state
legislature and is the longest-serving elected official of Indian
origin. He represents a district with a population of 110,000 in
Montgomery County, Maryland. He is known for his sharp wit, self-effacing
sense of humor, and deep commitment to his community.
Kumar Barve is a American politician. He is a Delegate
representing the Montgomery County in the Maryland General Assembly.
P. Barve was born in Schenectady, New York, September
8, 1958. Barve's grandfather, Shankar L. Gokhale, was the President
of Holkar College in Indore, India. Gokhale immigrated to the United
States in 1911. Barve's mother, Neera, was born in Schenectady,
New York. His father, Prabhakar Barve, came to the U.S. in 1957
after studying architecture at the Hammersmith School of Building
in London, England. Kumar P. Barve is the first person of Indian
origin to be elected as a state legislator in United States history
Kumar Barve graduated from Georgetown University with a B.A. degree
in Accounting. In the Maryland legislature, Barve is the Majority
Leader and he chairs the Science & Technology Sub-Committee
of the House Committee on Economic Matters. His legislative accomplishments
are many and historic:
- He introduced and helped enact the Patient Access Act—the
first bill in the nation to regulate HMOs. It has since been copied
by 34 states. The Act permits patients to see doctors outside
of their HMO network, prohibited "gag" rules on health-care
providers that jeopardized patient care, and prohibited financial
incentives that curtailed and compromised care.
- Long before the federal government got involved, Barve was
one of the architects of the Maryland law that banned insurance
companies from using pre-existing conditions to deny coverage.
- Barve authored Maryland's version of the Uniform Computer Information
Transactions Act (UCITA). The Act both affirms the intellectual-property
rights of software developers and provides unprecedented consumer
protections to purchasers of computer equipment.
- Barve created the Technology Development Corporation of Maryland,
which has become the central focal point for fostering high-technology
development in Maryland.
Barve is the Chairman of the Montgomery County delegation, the largest
jurisdiction in the State of Maryland. He has received the Legislator
of the Year Award from the Montgomery County Medical Society an
unprecedented three times. The Washington Post and the Baltimore
Sun have endorsed Barve in past races. He won his last election
by a whopping 62%. He anticipates having the enthusiastic support
of the medical and high-tech communities in his race for Congress,
and has already been endorsed by former Ohio Governor, Richard F.
Barve is the first person of Indian origin to be elected as a state
legislator in United States history.