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Hogan Hopes His Re-Election Drives National Conversation On Bipartisan Governance

November 7th, 2018 by WCBC Radio

WBAL reports the day after his re-election victory, Gov. Larry Hogan said he expects to have a role in crafting what Republicans run on in the future.

Hogan on Tuesday became only the second Republican governor to win re-election in Maryland.

"I governed from day one saying I as going to reach across the aisle and govern in a bipartisan way, and I didn't care which side of the aisle the ideas came from," Hogan said.

On Wednesday, as he thanked his staff during a press conference at the State House, Hogan suggested that national politics drove more Democrats to the polls, which hurt colleagues running for election or re-election. However, he said national Republicans could stand to learn from what he's done in Maryland.

"People want to see civility. They want common sense, and they want people to work together to solve their problems," Hogan said. "I think I'll be a part of that discussion."

As for what to expect from the next four years, he said it will be much of the same–accountability in schools, protecting the Chesapeake Bay, pushing for tax cuts and encouraging job growth.

"If it ain't broken, don't fix it, and it seems to be working, and people seem to be happy with what we're doing, so I don't see why we would change," Hogan said.

Further down the road, as the law is now written, Hogan would oversee Maryland's redistricting after the 2020 U.S. Census. He has on multiple occasions submitted nonpartisan redistricting reform legislation, which went nowhere in the General Assembly. 

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