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Governor Larry Hogan Submits 124 “Green Bag” Appointments

Includes Nominations for More than 63 Boards Across the State

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan today submitted 124 appointments to the Maryland State Senate. Secretary of Appointments Chris Cavey presented Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller with the names of the “Green Bag” nominees.

“Marylanders deserve the most capable and dedicated representatives for these critically important positions, and we are extremely proud of the qualified individuals being submitted today,” said Governor Hogan. “These appointments reflect the diversity of our state, and I am confident that these appointees will help us continue to change Maryland for the better.”

Highlighting the governor’s top priority of education, Governor Hogan has nominated former Montgomery County Executive Isiah “Ike” Leggett to the University System of Maryland Board of Regents. The governor also nominated Clarence C. Crawford and former state senator and delegate Gail Bates to the State Board of Education.

Other nominees include:

  • Geneau M. Thames, Esq., who is the chief legal advisor and counselor for Harford Mutual Insurance Company, has been nominated to the State Ethics Commission;
  • Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio, who served as a former Deputy Chief of Staff to the governor and former delegate representing the Eastern Shore, has been nominated as the Secretary of Natural Resources; and,
  • Eileen M. Levitt, who is the founder and president of The HR Team in Howard County providing human resource expertise to domestic and international companies, has been nominated to the Commission on Civil Rights.

This year’s “Green Bag” includes appointment nominations for more than 63 different boards and commissions across the state. A sample of the nominations includes:

  • Carlton J. Brown, Baltimore County, Maryland Food Center Authority;
  • Glenn D. Fishack, Washington County, Amusement Ride Safety Advisory Board;
  • Stephanie V. Hopkins, Baltimore City, State Board of Architects;
  • Christine C. King, DVM, Anne Arundel County, State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners;
  • Andrea Fulton Rhodes, Queen Anne’s County, Commission on Judicial Disabilities; and,
  • Benny Russell, Harford County, Maryland State Arts Council.

As constitutionally required by law, Maryland Insurance Commissioner Al Redmer was renominated as his term expires on June 30, 2019, as well as Secretary of State John Wobensmith, who has been renominated per statute as a constitutional officer.

“I am extremely proud of the process allowing Governor Hogan to fill important leadership positions in every region of the state,” said Secretary Cavey. “These qualified appointees come from diverse ethnic and professional backgrounds, and we are confident that these men and women will work hard to serve our citizens.”

Dating back to 17th-century England, the term “Green Bag” refers to the green satchel that is used once every year to bring the gubernatorial nominations to the Senate. It is a longstanding tradition for a member of the governor’s staff to deliver the bag once a year to the Maryland State Senate.

A list of the “Green Bag” appointments (PDF) can be found here.

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