Del. Adrienne Jones becomes first African American, first woman to serve as Maryland House speaker

I am still processing what I witnessed today in a front row seat to the debate of who would follow Michael E. Busch as Speaker of the House. The process was poignant, inspiring, and simply remarkable. It left me so proud of my friend and committee Chairman Dereck Davis, and of my friend and Appropriations Chairwoman, Maggie McIntosh. Both ran good, solid races to be Speaker of the House and when the Democratic Caucus vote showed neither of them had enough Democratic votes to win on the floor - they both stepped aside for a consensus candidate who had previously, and also selflessly, dropped out of the race, Delegate Adrienne Jones. That is the short version of a long story. We had several ho

Historic Speaker Vote

I am here in Annapolis and ready for the historic vote! I paused for a moment to admire the statehouse and think about its long history, and about the last Speaker, Michael E. Busch, who gracefully led the House for 16 years. BTW, the smoke is not a signal (like w the Pope) that a decision has been made. For those struggling to understand the intensity of the debate to choose the next Speaker of the House, I think of an historical photo that hangs in the House of Delegates’ office building. There have been 439 legislative sessions in the history of the Maryland General Assembly. Each of the 439 times, the Speaker has been a white male. In recent history, Speaker Mike Busch who was universall

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