Born in Elkins, West Virginia on October 16, 1950, Barkley graduated from Towson State University with a Bachelor of Sciences degree in education. He later earned a Master of Education degree in Administration from Western Maryland College. Barkley was active in educational advocacy throughout his career, and is a former Vice President of the Montgomery County Education Association. He has remained active on education issues throughout his time in the Assembly.
Voted in favor of in-state tuition for illegal immigrants in 2007 (HB6)
2006 Race for Maryland House of Delegates – 39th District
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1994 Race for Maryland House of Delegates – District 39