The Maryland Senate’s Leadership Changes, In Photos

The Maryland Senate chamber. Photo by Danielle E. Gaines.

When presumed Senate President Bill Ferguson (D-Baltimore City) rolled out his leadership team Thursday, it was the culmination of seismic shifts that have taken place in the state Senate in just a little more than a year.

Nothing is more dramatic than the transition between outgoing Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert), who served for 33 years, and Ferguson, who was 3 1/2 years old when Miller took over.

But this illustration of how the 11 most powerful jobs have turned over in the Senate in such a short time speaks volumes. 2018 brought the election of 18 new senators ― in a chamber with 47 members. In early 2020, there will be two more new senators. Those numbers also speak volumes.

Danielle E. Gaines
Danielle Gaines most recently worked for Bethesda Beat covering Montgomery County. Previously, she spent six years at The Frederick News-Post as the paper’s principal government and politics reporter for half that time, covering courts and legal affairs before that. She also reported for the now-defunct The Gazette of Politics and Business in Maryland and previously worked as a county government and education reporter at the Merced Sun-Star in California’s Central Valley.
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.