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Governor Bob Ehrlich Names Port Of Baltimore
After The Honorable Helen Delich Bentley, our Distinguished Honorary Chairman Of Tesla Memorial Society of New York and previous US Congresswoman

The Port of Baltimore is celebrating its 300th anniversary from its founding in 1706.  The Port of Baltimore was renamed the Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore, Maryland.  Bentley is a former Congresswoman, Distinguished Honorary Chairman (Tesla Memorial Society of New York), Chairman of the United States Federal Maritime Commission, and longtime Port advocate.  Governor Ehrlich recognizes Ms. Bentley's commitment to the Port's future.

During the Port of Baltimore's 300th Anniversary celebration,
Governor Robert L. Ehrlich renamed to Port of Baltimore in
Honor of Helen Bentley.  The Governor and The Honorable
Helen Bentley are holding a "The Helen Delich Bentley
Port of Baltimore" sign.

300th Anniversary - Port of Baltimore, Maryland (1706-2006)


 This article can be found at: http://www.e-mdot.com/News/2006/June%202006/POB_Bentley.htm

BALTIMORE, MD --- At a formal event recognizing the 300th anniversary of Maryland's Port of Baltimore, Governor Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr. tonight announced that the Port will be renamed the Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore.  In renaming the Port after the former Congresswoman, Chairman of the United States Federal Maritime Commission, and longtime Port advocate, Governor Ehrlich recognizes Ms. Bentley's commitment to the Port's future.  New signs and logos reflecting the name change will begin to be used in 2007. 

"For more than five decades, the name of Helen Delich Bentley has been synonymous with the Port of Baltimore," said Governor Ehrlich.  "There has been no one who has championed the vital role the Port plays in both the global economy and our everyday lives more than Helen.  Although she has enjoyed a spectacularly diverse career, from newspaper reporter to Congresswoman, she has always been known as the "mother of the port." 

Ms. Bentley's first career was as a maritime reporter and editor for The Baltimore Sun, where in her 24-year tenure she created one of the most respected maritime sections in the nation.  She broke important national stories through a dogged determination and a personal style that made her famous from the boardrooms to the docks.  Her coverage of the supply problem for America's war effort in Vietnam led to the institutions of containers as the preferred method of cargo transport.

In 1950, she moved into television. Ms. Bentley acted as reporter, director, editor, and producer for her series, "The Port That Built a City," and, later, "The Port That Built a City - and State." Throughout, she still wrote and edited at The Sun.   Her focus on the Port of Baltimore intensified both public and government awareness of the Port's substantial economic impact on Maryland.

From 1969 through1975, Ms. Bentley served as Chairman of the United States Federal Maritime Commission.   At the time, she was the fourth-highest ranking woman in the history of Federal government.

From 1985 through 1995, Ms. Bentley served in the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Maryland's 2nd Congressional District.   While in Congress, she sat on the Appropriations, Budget, Public Works & Transportation and Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committees, in addition to the Steel, Art, Northeast, Human Rights and Trade and Tourism Caucuses.

Since 1995, she has been President and CEO of Helen Bentley & Associates, Inc., specializing in government relations and business development.  Ms. Bentley is also a consultant to the Maryland Port Administration and a small businesswoman.

Throughout her career, Ms. Bentley has tirelessly promoted two primary issues - the advancement of America's maritime community, and America's industrial and manufacturing base.


Photo taken by Kathy Bergren Smith

Photo taken by Kathy Bergren Smith

Photo taken by Kathy Bergren Smith


The article below can be found at:

AllExpert (click for link)


Helen Delich Bentley

Congresswoman Helen Delich Bentley, R-Maryland, in an undated photo
Helen Delich Bentley was born on November 28, 1923. She was an American politician and a former Republican U.S. House Representative from the second district of her adopted home state of Maryland.

Bentley was born in the tiny town of Ruth, White Pine County, Nevada, and attended the University of Nevada and George Washington University. She earned a BA from University of Missouri in 1944. She was a maritime reporter and editor of the Baltimore Sun and served on the Federal Maritime Commission from 1969 to 1975.

Bentley was an unsuccessful candidate for election to the Ninety-seventh in 1980 and Ninety-eighth Congresses in 1982. She was elected as a Republican to the Ninety-ninth Congress in 1984, and to the four succeeding Congresses, serving in Congress from January 3, 1985 to January 3, 1995. During her time in office, she was a strong advocate for protectionist trade policies in support of U.S. manufacturing and the U.S. Merchant Marine fleet. Of Serbian origin, she was known to be sympathetic towards Serbians during the civil war in Yugoslavia in the 1990s, and opposed U.S. military involvement in that conflict. A member of the Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries, Bentley was recognized by her colleagues as a leading expert on federal maritme policy.

She was not a candidate for reelection to the One Hundred Fourth Congress in 1994, but was an unsuccessful candidate for nomination for Governor of Maryland. She was an unsuccessful candidate for election to the One Hundred Eighth Congress in 2002, losing to then-Baltimore County Executive C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger.

Before and since that time she has been an active businesswoman and lobbyist as the President and CEO of Helen Delich Bentley & Associates, Inc., and also as an International Trade, Business and Government Consultant. She also is/was a consultant for the Maryland Port Administration, Port of Baltimore. In June 2006, Maryland Governor Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr., renamed the Port of Baltimore as the "Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore."

Bentley was married to William Roy Bentley, who died in 2003 from a stroke. The couple had no children.