More vanquished Republicans have found refuge in the Hogan administration.
Maryland Department of Disabilities Secretary Carol Beatty on Thursday announced that Del. Christian J. Miele (R-Baltimore County) will become the agency’s deputy secretary. The appointment is effective next Wednesday, the date Miele completes his term in the House of Delegates.
Meanwhile, two former top aides to ex-Anne Arundel County executive Steve Schuh (R), Diane Croghan and Owen McEvoy, have landed at the Department of Housing and Community Development.
Miele, considered a rising star in Republican politics, took on veteran state Sen. Katherine A. Klausmeier (D) in the highly competitive 8th District but lost by 2.3 points, despite Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr.’s strong showing there. Hogan made several high-profile appearances on Miele’s behalf.
Now Hogan’s administration is giving Miele a job. He’ll replace William Frank – another former Baltimore County delegate – who is heading to the Department of Budget and Management.
“Christian worked hard representing his constituents in Baltimore County, and his experience in health, behavioral health, and public safety policy, as well as employment policy and workforce development has prepared him well for serving Marylanders with disabilities,” Beatty said. “He is ready to hit the ground running and we are excited to have him join our team.”
Elected to the House in 2014, Miele passed the Hire Our Veterans Act, a jobs bill to help unemployed military veterans re-enter the workforce; Janet’s Law, which requires physicians practicing without medical malpractice insurance to disclose their lack of coverage to prospective patients; and anti-bullying legislation for Baltimore County Public Schools. Miele was also a co-sponsor of legislation that established the Maryland ABLE Program, which gives families and individuals with disabilities the ability to set aside money in savings accounts to help pay for expenses related to their disabilities without affecting eligibility for other benefits.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to continue serving the people of Maryland in this new capacity,” Miele said. “Having a close family member with special needs, I know firsthand the importance of making sure that people with disabilities are afforded equity of access to services, programs, and facilities.”
At the Department of Housing and Community Development, led by Secretary Kenneth C. Holt, Croghan is taking over as chief of staff, and McEvoy will be director of public information. They are reprising roles they played under Schuh, who was defeated for reelection in November. Schuh has also landed in the Hogan administration, running the state’s battle against opioid addiction.