The Maryland House of Delegates Elects Speaker Pro Tem Adrienne Jones as Newest Speaker of the House
Jones (D – Baltimore County) becomes the first woman and first African American to hold the post.
For Immediate Release 5/1/2019
Annapolis, MD— On Wednesday, the Maryland General Assembly voted to elect Speaker Pro Tem Adrienne Jones (D-Baltimore County) as its new Speaker of the House of Delegates. Jones made history as the first woman and first African American to hold the office. Jones’s election follows the tenure of the late Speaker Michael Busch— an Anne Arundel County Democrat who served as Speaker from 2003 until his passing in April 2019.
Speaker Jones has served in the House of Delegates since 1997, and has served as Speaker Pro Tem since 2003.
Maryland Democratic Party Chair Maya Rockeymoore Cummings congratulated Jones on her victory Wednesday:
“Congratulations to Speaker Jones on her unprecedented nomination to become Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates. I believe that she has not only the vision, but also the temperament to lead both the House and the Democratic Caucus into the future. Now that the race has concluded I believe that the Democratic Caucus will rally around our new Speaker and continue to push smart— progressive— policies to improve the lives of all Marylanders.”