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Freshman Del. Chris West takes his place in the General Assembly
Freshman Del. Chris West takes his place in the General Assembly

On move-in day at the House Office Building on Jan. 12, freshman Del. Chris West carried in armloads of files. He also carried a bag of M&Ms, imprinted with his campaign slogan, "Go West" a gift from his wife, Anne. He had seen his name added to the voting board in the House Chamber and found his seat among the Baltimore County Delegation. The newly elected Republican delegate representing the new District 42B, which stretches from Towson to the Pennsylvania line, might have seemed a little giddy as he anticipated the opening of the 2015 session two days later on Jan. 14. But there he was, part of the freshman class of 58 at their swearing-in, joining his new colleagues, both...

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