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Updated: Del. Adrienne Jones Elected Speaker of Maryland's House of Delegates

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Speaker Pro Tem Adrienne Jones (D-Baltimore County) is the new speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates. (Photo: AP) Speaker Pro Tem Adrienne Jones (D-Baltimore County) is the new speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates. (Photo: AP)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP/WBOC)- The Maryland House of Delegates on Wednesday afternoon voted to elect Speaker Pro Tem Adrienne Jones (D-Baltimore County) as its new speaker of the House.

Jones makes 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.

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.”

The House Democratic Caucus' unanimous nomination of Del. Adrienne Jones marks the first time a white man has not been nominated.

Jones was nominated Wednesday after two other candidates who were vying for the office could not get to the 71 votes needed to win the speakership.

The House Democratic Caucus could not agree on Del. Maggie McIntosh, a progressive gay white woman from Baltimore, or Del. Dereck Davis, a moderate black man from the Washington suburb of Prince George's County.  

Eastern Shore Democrat Sheree Sample-Hughes, who originally supported Davis, said she was proud to see another black woman take the seat. She says the decision will favor the Eastern Shore.

"It sets a tone for what we can do as a state,” Sample-Hughes said. "I have a personal rapport with her and I think that's certainly beneficial, but I do know the importance of making sure that she's aware of what our issues are on the Eastern Shore."

Eastern Shore Republicans who also supported Davis, including Delegate Johnny Mautz, agree.

“She's fair, balanced, and has a very high level of integrity,” Mautz said. "She's familiar with a lot of our local challenges and I can guarantee you that we will be here next year explaining them to her 100 percent as clearly as possible. She will listen."

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