As Anne Arundel County Executive from 2006-2013, he accomplished a number of significant tasks and projects, including reducing more than $70 million in government spending, increasing property tax relief for qualified seniors under the Homeowners Tax Credit Program, increasing impact fees to make developers pay for new schools and roads (not taxpayers), and installing more than 2,000 new and upgraded street lights to reduce crime. He also budgeted infrastructure funding for the boat ramp and fishing pier at Fort Smallwood Park, the Eastern District Police Station, the Lake Shore Fire Station, and the Field of Dreams athletic facility at Lake Waterford Park for individuals with disabilities. Prior to being elected as county executive in 2006, he served five terms (20 years) as a Maryland State Delegate.
Headline, Maryland Gazette, April 18, 2012
John Leopold's political experience spans across the Pacific, as he served in a number of roles during his time in Hawaii. In 1968, he was elected as a member of the Hawaii State Board of Education. Then, from 1970-1974, he was elected as a Hawaii State Representative, and from 1974-1978 he served as Hawaii State Senator.
Throughout his political career, Leopold received recognition from many national associations and organizations, including the National Republican State Legislators Association, which named him Outstanding Republican Legislator in the Nation in 2000.
Leopold was also appointed to a number of councils and committees. In 1977, he was appointed by President Gerald R. Ford to the National Advisory Council for the Education of Disadvantaged Children. During the Reagan Administration, in 1988, he was appointed to the National Motor Carrier Advisory Committee. In 1991, he was appointed by President George H.W. Bush to the National Council on Disability and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. In 1996, during the Clinton Administration, he was appointed to the Federal Interagency Council for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities. During Maryland's Glendening Administration in 1996, he was appointed to the Governor's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities.
Most recently, in 2014, he was selected as a member of Anne Arundel County's Food and Resource Bank Board of Directors