What's Happening

Freshmen Begin Session

January 22, 2015

After hearing speeches from Republican Gov.-elect Larry Hogan, state House Speaker Michael Busch (D-District 30) and U.S. Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski, and signing in her first day as delegate for Maryland’s 11th District, Shelly Hettleman was navigating the halls of the State House to get her computer. It was one of many orientation rituals she and the other 57 freshman delegates took part in.

“It feels like finally the culmination of a long road,” said the Baltimore County Democrat.

Maryland legislative session kicks off with eye toward cooperation

January 16, 2015

Squeezed into chairs in both chambers were state leaders from every jurisdiction and from every office. Mikulski also addressed the House of Delegates, concluding her brief speech with a “Star Wars” favorite: “may the force be with us.” U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) schmoozed while congratulating his former staffer, first-term Del. Shelly Hettleman (D-Baltimore) on her win. County executives from Baltimore, Frederick, Montgomery and Harford counties were seated near Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake in the House of Delegates.

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“I’m excited to get down to the hard work,” said Shelly Hettleman, a Democrat from Baltimore County who works as campaign manager for U.S. Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin (D) and was elected to a delegate seat.

Like Hogan and a majority of her colleagues, Hettleman has never served in elected office before. She said she had expected to be serving under a Democratic governor — until Hogan’s upset victory over outgoing Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown.

Thank You

January 10, 2015

I am honored and excited to be representing District 11 in the General Assembly with Senator Bobby Zirkin and Delegates Dan Morhaim and Dana Stein.

A Budget Problem

January 8, 2015

Another major change is the 2015 session will be the influx of new legislators. With redistricting and retirements, a total of 58 new delegates and 11 new senators will take office this month. Del.-elect Shelly Hettleman (D-District 11), who will sit on the Appropriations Committee, is one of those newcomers.