Maryland House Speaker Adrienne Jones announced Friday the appointment of various leadership positions including Del. Sheree Sample-Hughes, the Eastern Shore’s lone Black representative, as speaker pro tem.
Sample-Hughes, who is also the only Democratic delegate from the shore, will serve as second-in-command, presiding over sessions in the House chamber when Jones isn’t present.
Jones served for 16 years as speaker pro tem under the late House Speaker Michael Busch. As House speaker, she can assign members to committees.
Several of the new appointees posted congratulatory and thank-you messages on social media outlets.
“I’m profoundly honored that @SpeakerAJones has asked me to serve as Majority Leader of the House of Delegates,” tweeted Del. Eric Luedtke (D-Montgomery County), who previously served as Democratic Caucus chairman. “Excited to support her and all of our members as we continue to move Maryland forward!”
Luedtke, who will replace Del. Kathleen Dumais (D-Montgomery County) as majority leader, congratulated several of his colleagues on their new positions, including Del. Alonzo Washington (D-District 22) of Greenbelt, who was named as parliamentarian.
Del. Jazz Lewis (D-District 24) of Glenarden will replace Luedtke as the caucus chair and Del. Courtney Watson (D-Montgomery County) will serve as vice chair.
“This is an amazing opportunity and I look forward to working on behalf of our caucus members and the state of Maryland,” Lewis said on Twitter.
The General Assembly will convene Jan. 8.