Elected in November 2011, Geary M. Higgins represents the Catoctin District on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors. Geary serves on the Board’s Transportation/Land Use Committee and the Joint Board of Supervisors/School Board Committee. He represents Loudoun County on the Potomac Watershed Roundtable and serves as the Board’s representative on the Loudoun County Agricultural District Advisory Committee and the Annexation Area Development Policy Committee.
Geary is the Vice President of Labor Relations for the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) in Bethesda, Maryland; his tenure at NECA spans 31 years. He is a member of NECA’s executive committee; treasurer of the Council on Industrial Relations, a national arbitration body for the electrical construction industry; and an executive committee member and treasurer of the National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee — the committee responsible for the training of all union journeymen and apprentices in the electrical construction industry. Geary also serves as a trustee for the National Labor-Management Cooperation Committee for the electrical construction industry and a trustee for the NECA-IBEW Family Medical Health Care Plan. He is a fellow of The Academy of Electrical Contracting.
From 2000 to 2004, Geary served as the Catoctin Representative on the Loudoun County School Board and was the Chairman of the Personnel Services Committee. He also served on the Discipline Committee and the Legislative and Policy Committee. Since 1998, Geary has been a Board Member for the Loudoun Museum where he has served as the Vice President, Treasurer, and Chairman of the Education Committee.
Geary was born in Baltimore, and grew up in Montgomery County, Maryland, where he was active in Boy Scouts, and graduated from Winston Churchill High School in 1971. While there, he earned five varsity letters in football and wrestling, and was the Maryland State runner-up in wrestling. A graduate of Clarion University in Clarion, Pennsylvania, Geary earned a degree in Business Administration, with a double major in management and marketing. He attended college on an athletic scholarship for wrestling. He met his wife at Clarion and married Gail Bettine in 1977. He and Gail moved to Loudoun County in 1977 and now live in Waterford in a historic home. They attend Cornerstone Chapel Church. They have three daughters who graduated from Loudoun Valley High School — Melissa Higgins Sutton, Megan Carol Thomas, and Molly Higgins. They have two sons-in-law — Mark Sutton and Jonathan Thomas — and two grandsons, Noah and Nathan Thomas.
Geary has keen interests in history, antiques, and historic preservation. During their years in Loudoun, he and Gail restored two historic homes in Loudoun, and were presented an award from the Loudoun Preservation Society. Geary and friend Mark Walston laid the groundwork that placed the village of Bluemont on The National Register of Historic Places and Virginia Landmarks Register.
Geary is Pro-Life and Pro-Family. He supports the Second Amendment for law-abiding citizens and is a member of the NRA.