Press Release

May 1, 2019
Cardin Lauds Election of Maryland’s First Female and First African-American Speaker of the House of Delegates

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, former Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates (1979-1986), congratulated Adrienne A. Jones after she was elected by her fellow delegates to serve as Maryland Speaker.

“This is an exciting day for all of Maryland as we mark the election of Adrienne Jones – a true public servant – as Speaker of the House of Delegates. Having served for more than a decade as Speaker Pro Tem and chair of the Capital Budget Subcommittee, she will be a strong successor to Mike Busch, whose legacy will be a presence in Annapolis for many years to come.

“Adrienne is a friend and has worked her way up through the years, building alliances statewide and showing her skills in getting things done to better our state and local communities. Her historic election as the first female and first African-American speaker makes this moment even more meaningful.

“I fully expect Speaker Jones to bring the same intensity and skills with which she navigated the Capital Budget Subcommittee to the full House of Delegates. She will be the leader we need to prioritize a quality public education for our students, create opportunities for all Marylanders, strengthen our economy, and protect public health and our natural resources. As the leader of Maryland’s federal delegation, I look forward to continuing the close collaboration of our federal-state Team Maryland.

“I thank Delegate Maggie McIntosh and Dereck Davis for their ongoing leadership and dedication to the people of Maryland.”