J.B. Jennings was born on March 27, 1974 to his parents, Joyce and Gary Jennings at St Joseph’s Hospital in Towson, Maryland. Two years later he became a big brother.
J.B. was very active in 4-H in his youth. Both he and his sister showed lambs and beef cattle at the local and state fairs. He attended Baltimore County public schools. During his freshman year at Dulaney High School he got his first job. Several years later at the age of 16, he decided to become a volunteer firefight with the Jacksonville Volunteer Fire Company, Station 47.
After graduating from High School he started to pursue his Bachelor’s degree in Business. While in college he was selected to be part of a team of elite firefighters with specialized training to fight wild land fires. In 1994 he and this select group of firefighters were sent to Idaho to help battle a wild fire that had been raging for weeks.
While fighting fires on the ground, he found himself looking to the skies. Shortly after his return from fighting fires out West, he enrolled himself in a local flight school to become a pilot. At the age of 19 he received his pilot’s license.
In 1997, he graduated from the University Of Baltimore (U.B.) with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Business Administration. While attending school at U.B., J.B. began to pursue the field of politics. He found his interest in public service mirrored his passion for farming.
J.B. got his start in politics with then-Congressman, Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr., as a caseworker. He involved himself in handling a majority of the constituent matters and eventually became a staff assistant. Despite his service as a volunteer firefighter and legislative assistant, he remained committed to his childhood passion of agriculture and local farming. He left his job with Congressman Ehrlich and became co-owner of The Mill of Hereford, a farm feed and supply store.
His desire to return to politics would come full circle in the summer of 2002. It was during this time, he made the decision to enter the “political ring” as a Republican candidate for the Maryland House of Delegates, 7th Legislative District. His hard work and sacrifice paid off. He won a seat in the House of Delegates.
In 2008, J.B. decided that he wanted to serve his country in a greater role. At the age of 34 he enlisted in the Air National Guard. He was then sent off to Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas to attend Military Basic Training (Boot Camp). J.B. serves as a loadmaster flying in the Air Forces C-27 Joint-Cargo Aircraft.
Currently, J.B. is attending Johns Hopkins University in the evenings while earning his MBA and is expecting to graduate in 2015.In November of 2013, J.B. and his wife, Michelle, welcomed their first child, James William Roosevelt Jennings (J.W.) into the world. J.W. lives with his parents at their farm in Joppa, Maryland where Michelle boards horses and J.B. raises black angus beef cattle.