ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WDVM) — New minority leadership in Maryland’s Senate has been announced following two state senators who stepped down.
The Senate Republican Caucus elected Sen. Bryan Simonaire of Anne Arundel County as a minority leader and Senator Michael Hough as a minority whip.
“We want to thank Senator Jennings and Hershey for their years of service to our caucus, and we hope to build upon their success,” said Senate Minority Leader Bryan Simonaire and Senate Minority Whip Michael Hough in a joint statement given to WDVM.
Sen. Simonaire has been a member of the Senate since 2007 and served on the Judicial Proceedings Committee from 2007 to 2010 and currently serves on the Education, Health and Environmental Affairs (EHE) committee. Simonaire is also the Chair of the EHE Alcohol Subcommittee.
“Senate President Ferguson has shown a genuine willingness to work with all senators and we look forward to working with him in a manner that benefits all Marylanders,” said Senate Minority Leader Bryan Simonaire. “However, we must realize that while Maryland politicians have constructed a one-party dominant legislature, we are not a one-party state. Nearly half of all Marylanders are not in the Democratic Party and even more do not subscribe to the recent far-left trajectory taken by the Senate. They deserve a strong minority voice advocating their concerns and desires, and we intend to fulfill that responsibility.”
Hough represents parts of Frederick and Carroll counties.
Sen. Hough has been a member of the Senate since 2015 after serving in the House of Delegates from 2011-2015. Hough was the House of Delegate’s Assistant Minority Leader from 2013-2014 and currently serves on the Judicial Proceedings Committee.
“We will focus on policy. We don’t expect to win every fight, but we will make the senate work better to serve the people of Maryland,” said Senate Minority Whip Michael Hough. “As the minority party we are the watchdogs against abuse of power. When the Democratic majority is in the wrong, we will call them out. We will cooperate to make wiser laws and be careful guardians of the people’s checkbook.”
Senate President, Bill Ferguson (D), met with them Saturday saying he is looking forward to working collaboratively to build a strong Maryland.
Senate President, Bill Ferguson’s full statement released Saturday
“This afternoon, I had the opportunity to meet with Minority Leader Simonaire and Minority Whip Hough to congratulate them and welcome them to leadership. I served on a committee with Senator Simonaire when I first entered the Senate, and have had many opportunities over the years to work closely with both of these Senators. I look forward to working collaboratively to build a stronger Maryland, particularly as we face the challenging times ahead.”
The Maryland General Assembly is controlled by Democrats.
Senator J.B. Jennings and Senator Stephen Hersey stepped down last week.
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