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Carroll County’s Justin Ready elected minority whip by Republican caucus of Maryland Senate

Sen. Justin Ready, a Carroll County Republican, was elected minority whip of the Maryland Senate after Frederick County Sen. Michael R. Hough announced Monday he has stepped down from the post.

Hough, who is running for Frederick County executive, said in a statement he wanted to “give someone who is running for re-election the opportunity to lead the caucus through the next session and into the 2022 elections.”


Ready was elected by the Senate GOP caucus to take over the role with Sen. Bryan Simonaire, an Anne Arundel Republican, who was re-elected as minority leader for a second year.

“I have full confidence in them to effectively lead our caucus next session,” Hough said.


On Tuesday, Ready said it is an honor to be selected to hold the second-highest position among Senate Republicans.

“I’ll continue to be a strong, energetic voice for common sense, conservative principles,” he said, adding the further left the state goes, the harder it’ll be to keep families, small businesses and retirees in Maryland.

“My number one goal is to push forward with our positive message … of more independent freedom and economic opportunity for the people we represent,” Ready said. “I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

The minority whip works with caucus staff to make sure they have a strong message, even when they are not in session, Ready mentioned. The Maryland General Assembly will its 90-day sessions on Jan. 12.