Republicans Bill Wivell of Washington County, April Rose of Carroll County and Michael Malone of Anne Arundel County were sworn in as delegates by House Speaker Michael E. Busch (D-Anne Arundel) just minutes before the legislative session began.
Wivell and Rose replace former delegates Andrew Sarafini (R-Washington) and Justin Ready (R-Carroll), who became state senators last month. Malone fills a vacancy created when former Del. Cathy Vitale (R-Anne Arundel) left the House last month to serve as a judge in circuit court.
“I am confident I have chosen three delegates who will be strong advocates for their respective constituencies,” Gov. Larry Hogan (R) said in a statement. “I offer sincere congratulations and look forward to working alongside them to advance our administration’s priorities of reducing taxes, improving our business climate, and making it easier for families to live and work in Maryland.”
Wivell is a former commissioner in Washington County, Rose is a member of the Carroll County Board of Elections and Malone is a lawyer and former chairman of the Anne Arundel County Republican Central Committee.
Their colleagues offered them a round of applause as Busch introduced them to the House.
The General Assembly started the 90-day session with 69 new lawmakers, the largest set of freshmen since 1995 when Parris Glendening (D) took office as governor along with 80 new lawmakers. There were 58 new members when former governor Robert L. Ehrlich, the state’s last Republican chief executive, took the oath in 2003.
With the addition of the new delegates, Republicans now make up more than half of the new lawmakers.
Hogan made the appointments on Friday. They came after some conflict between the governor and the central committees because he wanted more than one name suggested to him to fill the Senate vacancy in Carroll County.