Sen. James N. Robey (D-Howard) will serve as Senate majority leader during his final year in the Maryland General Assembly, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert) announced Thursday.

Robey takes over the leadership position from former Sen. Robert J. Garagiola (D-Montgomery), who recently retired from the Senate and has landed at Alexander & Cleaver, a law firm with a major lobbying presence in Annapolis.

Robey, who is not seeking re-election next year, has been a member of the Senate since 2007. He previously served as Howard County executive and as the county’s chief of police.

“While we are all saddened by his decision not to seek re-election next year, we are excited to have him serve in this role in his final year in public service,” Miller said in a statement.