The Honorable Byron E. Macfarlane was first elected Register of Wills for Howard County in 2010. He is the 18th Register and first openly gay elected official in Howard County history. Byron is currently Vice President of the Maryland Register of Wills Association and serves on the Automation and Personnel Committees.
Byron was born and raised in Howard County and is a graduate of Glenelg High School.
Byron credits his education in Howard County public schools for inspiring his passion for government and public service. He has had the privilege of working at the county, state, and federal levels of government, for then-County Councilman Guy Guzzone, Circuit Court Judge Richard Bernhardt, State Senator Edward J. Kasemeyer, and United States Senator Edward M. Kennedy. From 2004 to 2006, Byron served as Legislative Director to Delegate Peter Franchot, now the Comptroller of Maryland. In 2006, Byron was elected to serve on the Howard County Democratic Central Committee.
Byron earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Baltimore School of Law, where he concentrated on public and governmental service. Prior to earning his law degree, Byron attended the University of Maryland, College Park, earning his bachelors degree in government and political science, with Citations in Public Leadership and Communication.
Byron values community involvement. He is a member of several local, state, and national organizations: Columbia Democratic Club; Thurgood Marshall Democratic Club; PFLAG of Howard County; League of Women Voters of Howard County; Equality Maryland; NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland; American Civil Liberties Union; Sierra Club; Human Rights Campaign; National College of Probate Judges; Maryland Association of the Judges of the Orphans' Courts; Howard County Bar Association and Maryland Bar Association.
Byron maintains close ties with his mother and two siblings.