Del. Glenn, Leader of City Delegation, Resigns

Former Del. Cheryl D. Glenn (D-Baltimore City) in the State House in 2019. File photo

State Del. Cheryl Glenn (D), a leader of the Legislative Black Caucus and chairwoman of the Baltimore City House delegation in Annapolis, has resigned.

The exact reason for Glenn’s resignation could not be immediately determined. The lawmaker could not be reached for comment.

On Thursday morning, House Speaker Adrienne A. Jones (D-Baltimore County) released a brief statement that confirmed Glenn’s departure but did not illuminate the situation.

“Last night, I received a letter of resignation from Delegate Cheryl Glenn of Baltimore City,” Jones said in the statement. “Delegate Glenn has been a strong advocate for Baltimore City and her district. I wish her well in her future endeavors.”

Glenn, 68, has represented East Baltimore’s 45th District since 2007. She was chairwoman of the Legislative Black Caucus from 2016 to 2018 — and also served for a time on the Baltimore City Democratic Central Committee.

Glenn has been a major player in advancing legislation for Baltimore City, involved in debates over education, criminal justice reform, economic development and the medical cannabis industry. She was also the original lead sponsor of the Clean Energy Jobs Act, which became law earlier this year.

Glenn worked in the labor movement for several years before joining the legislature. Her late husband, Benjamin G. Glenn Sr., who died in 2015, was president of Carpenters Local 544 for more than two decades.

Glenn becomes the fifth House member to resign since the end of the 2019 General Assembly session: Baltimore County Dels. Eric Bromwell (D) and Steven W. Lafferty (D) stepped down to take jobs with Baltimore County Executive John A. Olszewski Jr. (D); Harford County Del. Andrew Cassilly (R) left to take a job with the Hogan administration; and Prince George’s County Del. Tawanna P. Gaines (D) resigned after pleading guilty to a federal charge that she diverted campaign funds for personal use.

When Gaines resigned before her legal peril became public, Jones issued a statement hinting at possible wrongdoing by the lawmaker.

“As elected officials, we have an obligation to uphold the public trust, both in office and in our campaigns,” Jones said at the time. “We cannot sacrifice that trust for personal gain for ourselves or our family members. I wish Delegate Gaines the best during this challenging time.”

Still more House members could be leaving before the start of the General Assembly session on Jan. 8.

Two delegates in Baltimore County’s District 11 have applied for a vacancy in the state Senate: Shelly L. Hettleman (D) and Jon S. Cardin (D). Two delegates in District 44, which takes in parts of Baltimore City and Baltimore County, have applied to replace Sen. Shirley Nathan-Pulliam (D-Baltimore County): Charles E. Sydnor (D) III and Keith E. Haynes (D).

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