Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) was named chairman of the economic development and commerce committee of the National Governors Association, his first national appointment since his surprise election in November.
“I was elected on the promise to restore Maryland’s economic competitiveness and our administration remains committed to delivering on that promise. Bringing jobs and businesses to Maryland is our top priority,” Hogan said in a statement. “I look forward to chairing the NGA Economic Development and Commerce Committee and working with my fellow governors to ensure that federal policies are in line with local priorities and are helping states do the important work of creating jobs and promoting economic growth.”
Hogan was unable to attend the meeting of the NGA last week in West Virginia because he was finishing up a second round of chemotherapy. He was diagnosed last month with stage 3 non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Hogan has continued to serve as governor during his treatments, holding meetings from his hospital.
Matt Clark, a spokesman for the governor, said Monday that Hogan will be able to meet the demands of the committee work, just as he continues to do his gubernatorial duties during his treatment. Clark said the work will not interfere with the governor’s recovery.
Clark said NGA staff plan to meet with Hogan and the governor’s team in coming weeks to map out a direction for the committee. Their work will be presented in February at the NGA’s winter meeting, he said.
“This is right up the governor’s alley,” Clark said. “It’s right in line with what he’s trying to do in Maryland. And the things we’ve learned over the last six months will definitely be relevant.”
Hogan defeated Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown (D) last year after running a campaign that focused on taxes and stimulating the state’s economy.
His victory was considered one of the biggest Democratic losses of the 2014 election.
Hogan recently formed a committee to examine state regulations to determine which might be hindering some businesses from starting, and others from growing, in Maryland.
The Economic Development and Commerce Committee handles issues dealing with transportation infrastructure, telecommunications, international trade promotion, financial services regulation, science and technology development, and affordable housing, according to the National Governors Association Web site.