(April 8, 2019 — ANNAPOLIS, Md.) Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates Mike Busch passed away yesterday, at age 72, after a recent bought with pneumonia following complications from his liver transplant in 2017.
Busch was elected to the Maryland General Assembly in 1987 and served on the House Judiciary Committee. He later chaired the Economic Matters Committee. Busch was Speaker since 2003, making him the longest serving Speaker in Maryland history. The Maryland Chamber’s deepest sympathies are with his family during this time.
Given that Sine Die is today, Delegate Adrienne Jones, the Speaker Pro Tempore, will preside over the final day of the General Assembly. The next Speaker will be elected once the body reconvenes – which may not be until next January, but could be as early as tomorrow. In addition to Jones, Delegate Dereck Davis, Chair of the House Economic Matters Committee and Delegate McIntosh, Chair of the House Appropriations Committee, are being highly considered to fill Busch’s shoes.