Catherine Pugh has resigned as mayor after 2 1/2 years in office. She announced her decision after facing mounting pressure over the sale of her "Healthy Holly" books to entities that have business dealings with the city. (Kevin Richardson)

After two decades in public office and a month on leave, Democrat Catherine Pugh resigned Thursday from the office of mayor of Baltimore.

Here’s a chronological look back at some key points from her tenure on City Council, in the Maryland General Assembly and as mayor.

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From PR to politics

1999

» After a career in public relations and journalism, Pugh’s political aspirations take root when she wins a seat on the Baltimore City Council.

2001

» Creates the “Fish Out of Water” art program, in which individuals and businesses sponsored 200 sculptures decorated by artists and placed around Baltimore. (A similar effort brought decorated crabs to public places four years later.)

» Founds the Baltimore Marathon.

Pugh speaks at a news conference for the inaugural Baltimore Marathon.
Pugh speaks at a news conference for the inaugural Baltimore Marathon. (Amy Davis / Baltimore Sun)

Rise through General Assembly

2005

» Appointed to a seat in the Maryland House of Delegates.

2006

» Elected to the state Senate.

2010

» Founds the Baltimore Design School, a public school for students interested in fashion, architecture and other arts.

» During 2010-2012, Pugh heads the General Assembly’s Legislative Black Caucus.

2011

» Runs for mayor, finishing second to Stephanie Rawlings-Blake in the Democratic primary.

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2013

» Pugh, Baltimore Comptroller Joan M. Pratt and two other friends open 2 Chic Boutique, a high-end consignment shop in Pigtown. The shop has been closed since the end of last year, Pratt said last month.

2015

As chair of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland, Pugh helped lead a 2012 protest of racial profiling following the killing of Trayvon Martin. She and other lawmkers donned hoodies in a show of solidarity with Martin, who was wearing one when he was killed.
As chair of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland, Pugh helped lead a 2012 protest of racial profiling following the killing of Trayvon Martin. She and other lawmkers donned hoodies in a show of solidarity with Martin, who was wearing one when he was killed. (Amy Davis / Baltimore Sun)

» Pugh begins a two-year term as president of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators in February.

» During 2015-2016 she is majority leader of the Maryland Senate.

Early mayoral tests

2016

» Pugh is elected mayor of Baltimore in November, besting former mayor Sheila Dixon in the Democratic primary.

Pugh addressed the surprise overnight removal of Confederate monuments the next morning after the Aug. 16, 2017, Board of Estimates meeting.
Pugh addressed the surprise overnight removal of Confederate monuments the next morning after the Aug. 16, 2017, Board of Estimates meeting. (Kenneth K. Lam / Baltimore Sun)

2017

» Implements a federal consent decree to reform the Baltimore Police Department, only to see officers in an elite gun squad charged in a widespread corruption case.

» Pugh draws praise in August when she orders the overnight removal of four memorials from public spaces in Baltimore amid a national controversy over what to do with monuments to the Confederacy.

2018

» Pugh fires Police Commissioner Kevin Davis and replaces him with Darryl De Sousa. After De Sousa is indicted in May on tax evasion charges, Pugh expresses confidence in him — but he resigns days later, eventually pleads guilty and is sentenced to 10 months in federal prison. In November, she selects Fort Worth, Texas, Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald.

2019

» Following weeks of scrutiny, Fitzgerald withdraws his name for the police commissioner job, citing the health of a child. Within days, New Orleans Police Commissioner Michael Harrison is announced as Pugh's new selection.

» Pugh’s business dealings come under scrutiny after it is revealed she made hundreds of thousands of dollars from sales of her “Healthy Holly” children’s books to the University of Maryland Medical System, on whose board she served. A series of articles in The Baltimore Sun, beginning March 13, reveal the book deals.

» Pugh resigns from the UMMS board March 18, and on April 1, she goes on leave indefinitely from her mayoral post, citing medical reasons.

At a news conference where she apologized for her book sales Pugh also presented plans to expand the “Healthy Holly” brand to baby clothes and accessories.
At a news conference where she apologized for her book sales Pugh also presented plans to expand the “Healthy Holly” brand to baby clothes and accessories. (Amy Davis / Baltimore Sun)

» FBI and IRS agents raid Pugh’s homes, Baltimore City Hall and other locations connected to her as part of a federal investigation on April 25.

» After one month on leave and countless calls for Pugh to step down, she resigned from the mayor’s seat May 2.

Baltimore Sun reporters Ian Duncan and Jean Marbella contributed to this article.

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