Gov. Parris N. Glendening has appointed fellow Democrat John L. Bohanan Jr. to the 29th District state delegate seat left vacant when John F. Slade III (D-St. Mary's) stepped down to become a District Court judge in St. Mary's County.

Bohanan, 41, of Lexington Park, will be sworn in on Dec. 16 by state House Speaker Casper R. Taylor Jr. (D-Allegany).

"I'm looking forward to the work, and as I told the governor, I've got a short list of programs I'd like to begin working on," Bohanan said of the legislative session that will convene Jan. 12.

He said he'd like to explore a possible state role in a federally funded environmental quality study of the St. Mary's River, as well as push for timely completion of major transportation projects in the county. He cited the need to widen a narrow stretch of Maryland Route 5 north of Point Lookout State Park, the southernmost point of the St. Mary's peninsula.

Bohanan said he plans to continue in his job as district director for Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.), managing office operations and outreach for five counties in the 5th Congressional District. He has been Hoyer's liaison to community organizations, state and local officials and U.S. military installations in the district.

"John Bohanan brings 13 years of government experience and lifelong knowledge of St. Mary's County to the House of Delegates," Glendening said.

Hoyer echoed that sentiment in a statement on his aide's appointment. "As a lifelong resident of St. Mary's County, and as someone extraordinarily familiar with the opportunities and challenges confronting one of the county's largest employers, Pax River Naval Air Station, John will bring to his service as delegate a wealth of assets unmatched, I believe, by anyone in the county," Hoyer said.

Bohanan was nominated to serve the three years left in Slade's term by the St. Mary's Democratic Central Committee, under the statutory procedure for filling vacant legislative seats.

Bohanan has a bachelor's degree in finance from Towson University. Before becoming Hoyer's district director, Bohanan worked for defense contractors, including SFA Inc. in Lexington Park, where he recruited business from military bases in Pax River, St. Inigoes, Indian Head and Dahlgren, Va.

He also worked as a senior staff member at Tracor Applied Sciences in California, Md., where he served as a company representative to trade associations, Capitol Hill and the Pentagon. He was a legislative assistant and district representative for state Sen. Roy P. Dyson (D-St. Mary's) when Dyson was a member of the U.S. House.

"I have devoted almost 20 years to working in the legislative process at state and federal levels. I certainly understand the district and its needs very well," Bohanan said.