During a special session of the Maryland General Assembly, held on May 1, 2019, Delegate Adrienne A. Jones was elected as the 107th Speaker of the House of Delegates. Speaker Jones has been a member of the Maryland General Assembly since 1997, representing the 10th Legislative District of Baltimore County. Under the leadership of former Speaker, Delegate Michael “Mike” Busch, she served as the Speaker Pro Tempore for the past 16 years and is the only African American woman to serve in the position in Maryland’s history. She will now serve as the first African American, woman, or person of color to hold the position of Speaker of the House in the state.
In addition to her legislative accomplishments in the House, Speaker Jones has served as a member of several business and civic organizations. She has been named as one of the “Top 100 Women in Maryland” by the Daily Record multiple years and is the founder of the Annual Baltimore County African American Cultural Festival. Speaker Jones holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland University College as well as an Honorary Doctor of Law Degree from the Goucher College.
Speaker Jones has described her approach to leadership as being “fair” but “firm.” On the proceedings of the House floor, moments before being elected as Speaker, Delegate Maggie McIntosh who Chairs the House Appropriation Committee commended Speaker Jones and described her as the “hardest working person in the General Assembly.”
The Maryland Chamber of Commerce looks forward to working with Speaker Jones for legislative sessions to come.