People from across Maryland including federal and state lawmakers gathered at the State House on Monday for the arrival ceremony for the late House Speaker Michael Busch.
A Maryland flag draped over the casket of Busch, as he lies in the State House rotunda for the public to pay their respects.
Busch was carried in by members of the Maryland State Police Honor Guard. His wife and two daughters locked arms and stood behind, as he was placed in front of a table with the House Speaker Medallion and Mace.
“Mike Busch dedicated the greater part of his life in service to our state, and he left Maryland a better place than when he found it,” said Gov. Larry Hogan.
Dozens of state Delegates and Senators from both sides of the aisle, as well as staff from the State House, packed under the Capitol Dome to pay their respects to who they called “Coach Mike.”
“We both became longest serving…I, in the Senate, he as speaker,” said Former U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski (D). “But, Mike would be the first one, the speaker, to say it is not how long you serve…but how well you serve. And certainly, Speaker Busch served so very, very, very well.”
“He brilliantly led Maryland through generational, ideological and demographic changes with great vision,” said U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D).
Busch served more than 30 years in the House of Delegates, 16 of them as speaker. He became the longest speaker in Maryland’s history.
“There are no words big enough or loving enough to describe what Michael Erin Busch gave to those that loved him that served with him,” said Del. Maggie McIntosh, (D) Baltimore City. “Rest in peace my speaker, our leader and our friend.”
On Tuesday, Maryland State Police will escort Busch from the rotunda to a church in Annapolis, Md. where a funeral service will be held starting at 11 a.m.
A second visitation is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Tuesday.