Governor Larry Hogan
Governor Lawrence J. Hogan, Jr. was inaugurated as the 62nd governor of the State of Maryland on January 21, 2015. He is only the second Republican governor in Maryland in nearly 50 years, and the first Maryland governor from Anne Arundel County to be elected in over 100 years.
For more than 25 years, Governor Hogan worked in the private sector as a successful Maryland businessman. Frustration with the out-of-touch leadership in Annapolis led him to found Change Maryland, the largest nonpartisan organization in state history dedicated to bringing fiscal responsibility and common sense to Maryland state government.
Spurred by massive public engagement and success of Change Maryland, Governor Hogan ran for the state’s highest office in 2014 on a platform of fiscal restraint, tax relief and job creation. He was able to win 20 out of 23 counties by a 35-percent margin.
Since taking office, Governor Hogan has worked to bring responsible spending, tax relief, and long-term financial stability to struggling Maryland families and businesses. In his first legislative session, he worked to repeal the notorious rain tax mandate and cut taxes on military pensions.
He cut tolls at every single facility across the state for the first time in over 50 years, reduced or eliminated 100 different fees all across state government, and returned $200 million in refund checks to overtaxed Marylanders.
Governor Hogan’s commitment to restoring Maryland’s economy and creating jobs is proving successful. Over the past year, Maryland has created an additional 53,000 jobs, the most in the mid-Atlantic region.
In addition to Governor Hogan’s economic agenda, he has made record investments in both education and transportation, closed the deplorable Baltimore City Detention Center, re-opened the Maryland State Police Barrack in Annapolis, and enacted the most important environmental initiative in a generation to protect the Chesapeake Bay.
To address the state’s heroin addiction epidemic Governor Hogan created the Maryland Heroin and Opioid Emergency Task Force. He also established the Regulatory Reform Commission to conduct a top to bottom review of every single regulation in the state, and created the Redistricting Reform Commission to fight for the nonpartisan drawing of district lines.
The Governor has also faced a number of unexpected challenges in his first year. Just ninety days after being sworn in, Baltimore City was overwhelmed with the worst violence and riots the city had seen in 47 years. Governor Hogan acted swiftly and decisively by declaring a state of emergency and calling in the National Guard. Calm was restored promptly and the Governor and his entire team received credit for strong leadership, and for the rapid and effective response.
Just sixty days after the riots in Baltimore, Governor Hogan was diagnosed with Stage 3 non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Over the next five months, he underwent 30 days of aggressive, 24-hour chemotherapy, multiple surgeries, spinal taps, and countless scans, drug therapies and other procedures. On November 16, 2015, after completing a PET scan at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, the Governor announced that he is 100% cancer free and in complete remission, and would begin an ongoing regimen of preventative maintenance to help lower the risk of recurrence. Since waging his own fight, Governor Hogan has taken on a new calling – to raise resources and awareness for all those battling cancer, and do whatever it takes to find a cure for this terrible disease.
Governor Hogan and his wife, Yumi – an artist and a teacher – have three daughters: Julie, Jaymi, and Kim. Yumi Hogan is a first generation Korean-American. She is the first Asian First Lady in Maryland history and the first Korean-American First Lady in United States history.
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