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BREAKING: Maryland House Speaker Michael Busch Has Died

April 7th, 2019 by WCBC Radio

Maryland Speaker of the House Michael Busch has died at the age of 72.  Governor Larry Hogan issued the following statement:

This is a profoundly sad day for Maryland. Mike Busch was a giant in our government—the longest serving Speaker in our state’s history. He cared deeply about improving the lives of Marylanders, and his legacy is evident in his many legislative achievements.

Speaker Busch and I came from different sides of the aisle, but we often came together in the best interests of the people of Maryland. He served with the decency and good nature of a teacher, a coach, and a family man. I was honored to know him and to work closely with him.

On behalf of all Marylanders, the First Lady and I extend our heartfelt condolences to the Speaker’s wife, Cindy, their daughters, Erin and Megan, and all of his colleagues. He was raised in Annapolis, he represented Annapolis, and he will forever be remembered here.

Effective immediately, Maryland flags will fly at half-staff in honor of Speaker Busch’s distinguished life and legacy until sunset on the day of interment.

INITIAL REPORT:

Michael Busch, the Speaker of Maryland's House of Delegates, has been put on a ventilator to help his breathing.

Busch has not presided over the House since March 27th and has been fighting pneumonia after undergoing a procedure related to a liver transplant he received in 2017.

According to a statement from his office:

“Yesterday, doctors at University of Maryland Medical Center made the determination that Speaker Busch's breathing had taken a significant turn for the worse and the Speaker made the decision to use a ventilator to help his breathing.  Unfortunately, his condition has worsened over the past few hours.  His family asks for privacy at this time and to keep the Speaker in your thoughts and prayers.”

Busch's Chief of Staff, Alexandra Hughes, said the 72 year old Speaker is at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

Governor Larry Hogan and Senate President Mike Miller both issued statements today offering their thoughs and prayers.

One Response to “BREAKING: Maryland House Speaker Michael Busch Has Died”

  1. April 07, 2019 at 5:49 pm, Bob said:

    A sad day I suppose; in Annapolis.

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