Harper sworn in as delegate, replacing Harrison

Nina R. Harper was sworn in Wednesday as a delegate from East
Baltimore’s 45th Legislative District, succeeding Del. Hattie N. Harrison, a
Democrat who died Jan. 28 at 84 after nearly 40 years in office.

The 60-year-old Harper was chosen as Harrison’s replacement by
Baltimore’s Democratic State Central Committee and was automatically appointed by Gov. Martin O’Malley under the state Constitution.

Harper has served since 2004 as executive director of the Oliver Economic Development Corp., a job in which she serves as a liaison between community residents and government agencies and businesses.

While Harper can take her seat when the House meets Thursday, she
might have to wait to get into her new office, said Del. Curt Anderson, the
Baltimore delegation chair. Anderson, a Democrat, said a set of office changes set off by Harrison’s death has been delayed because the workers who move the furniture have been busy preparing for Friday’s scheduled hearings on gun bill, which are expected to draw overflow crowds.

Anderson said it could be next week until Harper has an office of her
own. Her term runs through 2014.

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