O’Malley names Hitchcock to take over as legislative lobbyist

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) has tapped Jeanne D. Hitchcock, a longtime aide, to take over as his chief lobbyist with the General Assembly, the governor’s office confirmed Monday.

Hitchcock will replace Stacy Mayer, whom O’Malley last week named as a district court judge in Baltimore County.

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“I know that her wealth of experience, wisdom and commitment to forward progress for our state will serve the people of Maryland well,” O’Malley said of Hitchcock in a statement Monday. “I have the utmost confidence in her abilities.”

Hitchcock, who has worked with O’Malley since his days as Baltimore’s mayor, will also continue in her current post as appointments secretary in the governor’s office, according to O’Malley spokeswoman Takirra Winfield.

In that position, which Hitchcock has held since 2007, she has been responsible for overseeing more than 8,000 appointments to more than 300 boards, commissions and other posts named by the governor.

“We don’t see a reason why she can’t do both roles effectively,” Winfield said.

O’Malley, who is term limited, has one 90-day legislative session remaining in his tenure.

Prior to becoming a deputy mayor of Baltimore in 2000, Hitchcock had served as chief operating officer of the NAACP in its national headquarters.

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