Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford is streamlining, modernizing, and right-sizing state government, one innovative reform at a time. An expert in regulatory and procurement reform - and a self-described policy “wonk” - Boyd’s leadership is critical to the administration’s work to protect Maryland taxpayers and change Maryland for the better.
Skilled at developing innovative solutions to complex problems, Boyd leads the Hogan administration’s efforts to combat the opioid crisis. After forcefully recognizing and identifying the rapidly growing epidemic during their 2014 campaign, Governor Hogan created the Heroin and Opioid Emergency Task Force and appointed Lt. Governor Rutherford as chair. The task force developed solid and balanced recommendations for prevention, treatment, and enforcement that are now being carried out by the Opioid Operational Command Center, which was activated when the governor declared a real State of Emergency on March 1, 2017.
Boyd also spearheads the administration’s regulatory reform and procurement reform efforts, along with the Customer Service Initiative to make interacting with state government more convenient for everyday Marylanders. He also heads the Two-Generation Family Economic Security Commission, which is tasked with finding solutions to break the cycle of multigenerational poverty through a family-centered approach to service delivery.
An accomplished attorney with a lifetime of experiences in both the private and public sectors, Boyd served as Associate Administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration, where he led efforts to improve efficiency and expand opportunities for small businesses to receive federal government contracts. He also served as Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture from 2006-09, where he was confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate.
Boyd is married to Monica Rutherford, his wife of 31 years. They have three adult children and a dog named Obi-Wan Kenobi.