Speaker Hands Out Gavels, Shuffles Committee Assignments

    On the eve of the new General Assembly session, House Speaker Adrienne A. Jones (D-Baltimore County) announced some leadership appointments, committee switches and assignments for newly-appointed lawmakers.

    Many of the changes are necessitated by the expected elevation of Del. Michael A. Jackson (D-Prince George’s) to the state Senate.

    Jones said that Del. Mark S. Chang (D-Anne Arundel) would become vice chair of the Appropriations Committee, a post previously held by Jackson.

    Del. Mark S. Chang (D-Anne Arundel)

    With Chang’s promotion, he and Del. Ben Barnes (D-Prince George’s) are flipping positions on the Capital Budget Subcommittee: Barnes will become chairman and Chang will become vice chairman.

    Del. Susie Proctor (D-Prince George’s) will take over from Jackson as chairman of the Appropriations Oversight Committee on Pensions. Del. Tony Bridges (D-Baltimore City) will become vice chairman.

    Del. Marc Korman (D-Montgomery) has been tapped to replace Jackson as co-chair of the legislature’s Spending Affordability Committee, and Del. Patrick Young (D-Baltimore County) will replace him as chairman of the Joint Committee on Cybersecurity, Information Technology and Biotechnology.

    Gavels are also going to Del. Jheanelle Wilkins (D-Montgomery), as chair of the Ways and Means Election Law Subcommittee and Del. Brooke E. Lierman (D-Baltimore City), as chair of the Joint Committee on Pensions. She’ll replace Barnes in that role.

    “These appointments to House leadership continue our efforts to promote new leaders and new ideas, foster a broader consensus across the state and make sure that Maryland’s legislative leaders are truly representative of our diverse and growing population,” said Jones said in a statement.

    In addition, the following legislators have been appointed to standing committees:

    • Del. Jazz M. Lewis (D-Prince George’s), to the Appropriations Committee from the Judiciary Committee
    • Delegate-designee Marlon Amprey (D-Baltimore City), to the Environment & Transportation Committee
    • Del. Dalya Attar (D-Baltimore City), to the Ways & Means Committee from Environment & Transportation
    • Delegate Jesse T. Pippy (R-Frederick), to the Economic Matters Committee from Judiciary
    • Delegate Brenda Thiam (R-Washington) to the Judiciary Committee
    • Delegate-designee Reid J. Novotny (R-Howard) to the Appropriations Committee

    Jones did not say what committee assignment Jackson’s eventual House successor would get.

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