Hogan Nominates Deputy Chief of Staff to Serve as Labor Secretary

    Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) on Tuesday nominated his deputy chief of staff, Tiffany Robinson, to become Maryland’s next secretary of Labor. In her role in the governor’s office, Robinson advises Hogan on labor, housing, education, human services, and health matters.

    “Tiffany Robinson has dedicated her career to empowering people and expanding opportunities,” Hogan said in a statement. “Tiffany’s experience as an advocate for Maryland’s workers and small businesses, and her commitment to public service, make her an outstanding choice to be our next Labor Secretary.”

    Robinson will replace Kelly M. Schulz, Hogan’s Labor secretary in the first term who became secretary at the Department of Commerce earlier this year.

    Prior to becoming a deputy chief of staff, Robinson served as assistant secretary in Maryland’s Department of Housing and Community Development, and was director of the Community Development Administration, the state’s housing finance agency.

    Previously, Robinson served as the administrator of the Harford County Department of Housing and Community Development from 2010 to 2015, and prior to that, she was in private practice at The Robinson Law Firm, also based in Harford County. She received a bachelor’s degree in political science from UMBC and a juris doctorate from the University of Baltimore School of Law.

    “I am beyond excited for this opportunity to build on the incredible progress we have made in growing our state’s workforce and supporting Maryland’s small businesses,” Robinson said.

    Since Schulz moved on to the Commerce Department, the Labor Department has been led by Acting Secretary James E. Rzepkowski, a former state lawmaker who will continue to serve as assistant secretary for the Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning.

    Robinson’s appointment will take effect at the end of this month and is subject to state Senate confirmation.

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