ANNAPOLIS — Gov.-elect Larry Hogan and leading Maryland lawmakers pledged Wednesday to work together in a bipartisan spirit this legislative session amid substantial changes in the state Capitol this year.

Hogan’s inauguration next week will bring the state’s first Republican governor in eight years to Maryland, where state lawmakers have been accustomed to Democratic control in state government. While it remains to be seen how the Democratic-controlled General Assembly will work with a Republican governor, expressions of goodwill pervaded opening day in Annapolis.

“I believe we can roll up our sleeves, work together, put aside partisanship and party politics and work together for the people of Maryland who elected all of us,” Hogan said in a brief speech to the House of Delegates.

Delegate Bill Folden said he left the inauguration optimistic that lawmakers can pull together to tackle issues confronting Maryland. State budget deficits will represent the first major hurdle for incoming officials, he added.

“It’s not a Republican problem that Maryland faces. It’s not a Democratic problem that Maryland faces,” said Folden, R-District 3B, one of four freshman delegates from Frederick County.

Delegate Karen Lewis Young is another new state legislator, and while she doesn’t share Folden’s political affiliation, she also believes compromise and teamwork are possible. In fact, she said Marylanders are demanding as much.

“If you haven’t gotten the message as a public official that our residents don’t want partisan gridlock, then you must be living on another planet,” said Young, D-District 3A.

Hogan met Wednesday morning with U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, the senior member of the state’s predominantly Democratic congressional delegation, which has only one Republican member: Rep. Andy Harris. Hogan said the two focused on business and job creation, as well as the importance of the federal delegation to work with the new administration in Annapolis.

“We come from different viewpoints, but we feel right now what the voters said is they want more citizenship and less partisanship, and they want more cooperation than political operation, so we’re ready to do it,” Mikulski said.

Hogan has been working on putting his Cabinet in place. He has named some Democrats to positions in his administration. For example, on Tuesday he named Keiffer Mitchell, a former Democratic delegate from Baltimore, as a special adviser with a focus on expanding charter schools in Maryland. Hogan also kept Sam Abed as head of the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services. Abed has held the position under outgoing Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley’s administration.

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, D-Calvert, was complimentary of Hogan’s Cabinet selections, which require Senate confirmation.

“Quite frankly, as I review them, I think that they’ll all get through the executive nominations committee, and we’re going to work together,” Miller said.

Hogan has been bracing lawmakers for what he has described as strong medicine for budget problems. He has said he still plans to propose tax cuts, despite a $750 million hole in the budget lawmakers will be working on this session for the next fiscal year. Hogan is scheduled to submit his budget plan late next week. Hogan also campaigned heavily on making the state’s business climate better able to create jobs.

“We want to join him in that,” House Speaker Michael Busch, D-Anne Arundel, said before introducing Hogan to the House.

The incoming governor is only part of the significant change in the state Capitol this year. In the House, 58 new members were elected in November of 141 total seats. That’s an unusually large freshman class. Two more delegates will depart soon, one for Hogan’s administration and another for a judgeship. The Senate has 11 new members out of 47. Two senators will also be leaving soon for Hogan’s administration.

J.B. Jennings, the Senate minority leader, said the Republican caucus is excited for the new session and eager to work across the aisle with Democrats.

“There’s no doubt that each and every one of us has the same goal: making the state a better place,” said Jennings, R-Baltimore County.

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Time will soon tell just how much can be accomplished. I remain optimistic. Glen, Why must you keep mentioning B..You missed the memo...stop giving giving him attention. I am looking forward to seeing what we can do as a county and state going forward. Best of luck to all. We are watching and tired of the negative immature games. Show us you mean business and will do everything possible to truly welcome businesses, not just developers and more retail. Also that you are not putting up with anymore of the baby games,and lets get a real ethics committee to work.THAT will be worthy of congrats!

Glen Shiel

FYI, whether or not I, or anyone else for that matter, continues to give Young attention he will continue to get it. It's ingrained in his nature. He has made a laughing stock out of himself and people will continue to laugh at him, and mock him, for quite some time now.


With our short term memories that shouldn't take very long.


There is no reason why democrats and republicans in the most divsere place in America if not the world cannot pull together and create a social economic miracle.


Wishful thinking. Turn the page to National representation (CONGRESS) and see for yourself that we are even more divided than we've ever been in the last six years.From day one (2015) all the Rebublican caucus want to do is dismantle what it took six years to build and return us back to their ideology and working agendas of the 1950s. Without anymore excuses available the Republican party now has the reigns. All they can do now is blame Obama for what they coundn't and REFUSED to do for the past six years.

With Dodd-Frank crippled by current legislation, WE are at the same risk we were in 2008 and the recession we are only now recovering from.Should Recession rear its ugly head again under Republican CONTROL, we get to pay for the same kind of financial mismanagement the Republicans brought to the table from 2002 to 2008.Simply said, wishing that we might come together as a Nation is fiction and will remain so until we can stop using labels as an excuse to do nothing, as with the last 6 years.NOW, we have brought the Republican bully pulpit back and not much else.

NO MORE EXCUSES. Now Congress can go to war again and leave diplomacy to the media hacks that will claim to be surprised and say "it ain't so" when the next shoe drops into our laps and gets us back, ever so closer, to where we were BEFORE 9/11.

Until that time comes we'll just wait to be told what we are supposed to think and believe and have it all scripted out for US before the next shoe is even dropped. What is it about being nothing more than a foregone conclusion we don't understand? Shouldn't we be very afraid of ourselves?


A lot of promises a lot of hype, wait and see what happens. As far as the Charter schools are concerned, there might be a small number allowed, but the Republicans are not going to get their private schools paid en masse by the tax payers. I am against even a small increase.


Don't expect any miracles, The tax and waste Dems. still control both houses. Under MOM they raised or created about 80 taxes, brought in "slots for tots", then table games, who knows how many lotteries, and guess what? we are facing a "short fall" of a billion or two. "Short fall" that's their way of saying that the problem is us not paying enough taxes not them wasting too much! Legalize and tax pot is sure to happen, lets see the will have think of a catchy slogan. How about "Legal Dope! Our Last Hope"


Pledges mean nothing to me. Too easily made and very often ignored. Waiting to see what actually happens. Optimistic by nature, but not trapped by idealism.


It's called being a "SKEPTIC" instead of pananiod apprehension. That way we get to trust everyone until they give notice the devil is in all of us, and can pop up or out from the strangest places and people we once thought were our friends and a safe haven to what was once held in confidence and now is found on twitter and the interet for all to JUDGE from behind their ANONYMOUS presence? Are we not being held captive by the big LIE we share with one another from one day to the next?

Glen Shiel

"Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner is introduced Wednesday........." as Blaine Young looks at the picture, grinds his teeth, clenches his fists, and screams "THAT SHOULD'VE BEEN ME, THAT SHOULD'VE BEEN ME!!!!!!!!! IT'S NOT FAIR, IT'S JUST NOT FAIR!!!!!"


Fair would have been putting Blaine in jail!

Glen Shiel

Yeah, that would have been a chuckle. Might have even taught him a bit of humility, too. (Why does "Deliverance" come to mind just now?) [beam][beam]


Fredvet Most Marylanders live of governmnet jobs,he cannot control this .From gov, many local contractors big and small as we know.No real change. O'malley gas tax takes over again in spring.He is gone at last. Great for us.Kanas not close to Government paradise as in MD.Location does it for MD.


I personally hope Hogan doesn't attempt to march Maryland on a Kansas like tax and spending cutting binge resulting in a Kansas like economic catastrophe, job loses, more debt and higher taxes. If a solidly GOP state like Kansas is unable to spur econmic growth and create jobs by slashing taxes and regulations how will Hogan succeed in Maryland with a similar template? Hogan deserves a chance however struggling MD taxpayers should not have to pay thriving companies millions to come here to earn millions more.


Despite extensive fear-mongering by the Dems during the campaign, Hogan has shown no tendency towards Radical Republicanism so I would be amazed if he tried anything like what was done in Kansas. After O'Malley who used us to try to establish his street cred as a far-left Progressive, moderation in Maryland will be a pleasant change.


Read your local paper. Gov.elect HOGAN hasn't said ANYTHING so far but the usual public rhetoric of togetherness.This is politics founded only on perceptions that amount to speculation only and not reality. Once this ball starts rolling, make sure you have room enough to get out of the way. What comes next is this big pill we're expected to swallow in the name of balancing the budget and leaving the State still behind the eight ball and waiting for someome to pocket the proceeds of yet another kind of spending agenda. Just because someone is NEW and not as yet a foregone conclusion doesn't mean they can govern any better than the last elected leader. SO, why not be patient and wait for Hogan to deal his hand and not from the bottom of the deck.


No worry, jusf a lot of hype, the Democrat legislators will not allow that to happen.

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