Baltimore County Del. Morhaim Will Retire

By Josh Kurtz

Baltimore County Del. Dan K. Morhaim (D), who has passed a long list of health care legislation in his 24-year legislative career but was reprimanded by his colleagues in 2017 for failing to disclose that he worked as a consultant for a company trying to open a medical marijuana dispensary in Maryland, announced Sunday that he would not seek a seventh term.

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Baltimore County Del. Daniel K. Morhaim will not seek a seventh term.

“I have worked each day to serve our region and state,” Morhaim said in a Facebook post. “My commitment to social change continues, and I will be pursuing new opportunities to make a difference in the fields of healthcare and the environment.”

Morhaim, who is 69, said that he will leave the House as the longest serving physician in the history of the General Assembly.

Morhaim also released a long list of legislation he has passed through the years on health care, the environment, and consumer protections.

Morhaim’s looming retirement creates an opening in Baltimore County’s 11th District, which covers Pikesville and Owings Mills. The district’s other two delegates, Democrats Shelly L. Hettleman and Dana M. Stein, are favored to win reelection.

The only Democrat to have filed for the House so far is Amy Blank, a longtime community and Democratic activist — though Morhaim’s departure could prompt others to run.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Josh Kurtz
Co-founder and Editor Josh Kurtz is the leading chronicler of Maryland politics and government. He began covering the State House in 1995 for The Gazette newspapers, and has been writing about state and local politics ever since. He later became an editor at Roll Call, the Capitol Hill newspaper, and spent eight years at E&E News, an online subscription-only publisher of news websites covering energy and environmental issues. For seven of those years, he led a staff of 20 reporters at E&E Daily, which covers energy and environmental policy on Capitol Hill and in national politics. For 6 1/2 years he wrote a weekly column on state politics for Center Maryland and has written for several other Maryland publications as well. Kurtz has given speeches and appeared on TV and radio shows about Maryland politics through the years.

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