What's Happening

And We're Back!

January 16, 2017

It seems appropriate to send out my first newsletter of the 2017 General Assembly on a day to remember Dr. Martin Luther King! I've spent some time over the weekend, both formally and informally - with friends and with strangers - discussing ways to confront racism, the state of our political discourse today, and participating in a community service project. While it's not easy, it feels good to have real conversations about challenging topics, and to feel like someone may view things a bit differently as a result of our dialogue.

Dusting Off

November 22, 2016
 
It's been a rough two weeks. I spent the five days before Election Day with 15 other Baltimoreans climbing the hills of Pittsburgh, knocking on doors and urging residents to vote for Hillary Clinton. While there were certainly hints along the way, and I'd considered the possibility, I really didn't think Donald Trump would be elected as President of the United States. I was wrong. 
 

Three Weeks Out

October 19, 2016
Thank you very much for your willingness to stand by me.  I write to ask you to join me once more - in standing by an amazing woman who has dedicated her life to public service. In just under three weeks, we will have the opportunity to elect the first woman President, Hillary Clinton, one of the most qualified presidential candidates we’ve ever seen.

Fighting Against Indifference

July 8, 2016

"The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference."

----Elie Wiesel

 

Chris, Hillary, & Me!

April 25, 2016

I’m writing to remind you that tomorrow is Election Day and polls are open from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm. Many people have reached out, asking who I am supporting, so I thought I’d send a quick email to let you know and to share a few thoughts:

Hillary Clinton for President of the United States

Chris Van Hollen for U.S. Senate

Shelly Hettleman for Delegate to the Democratic National Convention

Less Than a Week to Go

April 6, 2016

It feels like Spring has sprung!  Annapolis is beautiful snow-covered, but I definitely prefer the daffodils and the crocuses to the frost. We have been very busy these last few weeks, passing both the operating and capital budgets and considering the 2,500+ bills that were introduced this session.  After we adjourn next week, I will provide a more detailed look-back at this session, but I wanted to use this opportunity to give some insight into what's been happening and what I've been working on.

(A little more than) Half Way Down, (A little less than) Half Way to Go

March 6, 2016

Happy March! It's hard to believe that we have passed the half-way mark of our 90 day session. We have a record number of bills to consider this session and as days grow longer on the House floor, there is still much work to be done in committee.  Last week our subcommittee had its final budget hearing and we head into budget decision-making time later this week and the next.

Here are a few highlights.

House Floor & Committees

In the Beginning...

February 4, 2016

Happy February! It's great to be back in Annapolis where the General Assembly has been in session since mid-January.  We are off and running - with more than 3,000 bill drafting requests, veterans have told me that we may hit a record-breaking number of bills to consider.

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