Maryland Del. Craig J. Zucker will be sworn in on Thursday to fill an empty seat in the state Senate.
Zucker (D-Montgomery), who was nominated by the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee last month, has been waiting for final approval from Gov. Larry Hogan (R) to fill the seat vacated by former senator Karen S. Montgomery (D-Montgomery).
Hogan forwarded Zucker’s name to Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert) on Wednesday.
Since Zucker’s nomination, Miller has repeatedly questioned why there was a delay in forwarding the approval.
“All he has to do is name the name, which has been sent to him, then that district can be represented on the floor of the Senate,” Miller said last week. “We’d like a name sent down as quickly as possible.”
Hogan had 15 days to fill the seat under state law.
Zucker is expected to immediately play a critical role in a significant vote: whether to override Hogan’s veto of a 2015 bill that would allow felons to vote while they are still on parole or probation.
Miller postponed a vote on a veto override because he said the chamber would probably need Montgomery’s successor in place to muster the 29 votes necessary to overturn the veto. The original Senate bill passed with 29 votes.
Hogan has waged a mini-campaign on social media, urging voters to contact their senators to ask them to vote against the veto override.
The vote on the veto override could be taken up as early as Friday.