Miller taps Zirkin to chair Judicial Proceedings Committee
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By Bryan P. Sears Daily Record Business Writer December 3, 2014
Baltimore County Sen. Robert A. “Bobby” Zirkin has been named the next chairman of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee.
The selection, which was not unexpected, was part of nine leadership positions announced by Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr.
Zirkin, who is entering his third term in the Senate after two terms in the House of Delegates, succeeds Sen. Brian Frosh, who will be sworn in as the next attorney general.
Other appointments made by Miller include:
- Sen. Jamin B. “Jamie” Raskin, D-Montgomery County, will chair of the Executive Nominations Committee, and Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics. Raskin was considered a frontrunner for the Judicial Proceedings Committee along with Zirkin.
- Sen. Richard S. Madaleno, D-Montgomery County, will serve as vice-chair of the Budget & Taxation Committee. and Chair of the Health and Human Services Subcommittee. Sen. Edward J. Kasemeyer, D-Howard and Baltimore Counties will continue to chair that committee.
- Senator Paul G. Pinsky, D-Prince George’s County, will serve as Vice-Chair of the Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee under Sen. Joan Carter Conway who will continue to chair that committee.
- Senator James “Ed” DeGrange, D-Anne Arundel County, will serve as vice-chair of the Rules Committee. Sen. Katherine Klausmeier, D-Baltimore County, will continue to serve as chair of the Committee on Rules.
- Sen. Nancy J. King, D-Montgomery County, will serve as chair of the Education, Business and Administration Subcommittee, and will continue to serve as Assistant Deputy Majority Leader. Sources said as late as last night sources said she was a possible replacement for Sen. Roy Dyson in his position as vice chair of the Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee.
- Sen. Catherine Pugh, D—Baltimore City will serve as Majority Leader, replacing retired Sen. James Robey, D-Howard County.
- Sen. Douglas J. J. Peters, D-Prince George’s County will serve as Democratic caucus chair and chair the Pensions Subcommittee of the Budget & Taxation Committee.
- Sen. Katherine Klausmeier, D-Baltimore County will continue as chair of the Senate Rules Committee and serve as the deputy majority leader.