WASHINGTON COUNTY, Md. (WDVM) — Maryland State Senator, Andrew Serafini, has resigned.
The Republican senator and life-long Hagerstown resident’s resignation is effective on August 1, 2020. Governor Larry Hogan said Serafini “has been a longtime champion for the people of Washington County, a valued leader in the Senate, and a good friend.” He has represented Maryland’s District 2 since 2015.
In a resignation letter to Hogan, Serafini began with “After much prayer and contemplation, it has become clear to me that it is time for me to resign from the Senate of Maryland.” He also said to Hogan, “Your vision for Hagerstown has come together nicely and will become a legacy to your commitment to Rural Maryland and our community.”
Serafini told WDVM 25 that the demands of his work as a Hagerstown financial adviser and his desire to spend more time with his family drove the decision.
Serafini spent six years in the House of Delegates before taking his Senate seat six years ago.
At the state capitol in Annapolis, he was regarded as having an exceptional grasp of budget and fiscal issues and was widely respected as a colleague both in his own caucus and across the aisle. Even those who may have disagreed with a vote he cast never questioned his principles and commitment to public service.
“I think the best thing for me has been serving the people, helping people that were trying to interact with the state and having challenges,” Serafini told WDVM 25.
Observers of the political scene say Serafini never saw serving in the General Assembly as a track to being a career politician. He was proud to give 12 years in the legislature but it is time to concentrate on his family and his business concerns and turn the reins over to a successor.
The Washington County Republican Committee will recommend an appointment to Governor Hogan to finish Senator Serafini’s term, which expires in 2022.
Serafini’s full resignation letter reads:
In Hogan’s statement regarding the resignation, the governor said “Andy was a passionate advocate for the revitalization and renewal of the City of Hagerstown.”
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