Del. Curt Anderson, a former broadcaster turned lawyer and legislator, announced Wednesday that he is stepping down as chairman of the Baltimore delegation to the Maryland House of Delegates after 12 years.
The veteran Democrat said Wednesday that the delegation will choose a new chairman at its regularly scheduled meeting Friday — its last before the Maryland General Assembly’s 2018 session ends Monday night.
Anderson said the change will not affect his plans to seek an eighth term in the House.
Anderson, who represents Northeast Baltimore’s 43rd District, said he had held the position long enough. Typically a delegation chair serves a term of two or four years. Anderson’s 12 years is highly unusual in the Maryland House.
“I think I may have been hanging on too long,” he said.
Anderson, 68, said he had been ready to step down after eight years in 2014 but was persuaded by Del. Maggie McIntosh, his district colleague and now House Appropriations Committee chair, to serve another term.
The transition has been in the works for about six months, Anderson said. He said he delayed his exit in the hope Del. Cheryl Glenn, an East Baltimore Democrat who recently ended a term as chair of the Legislative Black Caucus, would succeed him in the delegation post.
Anderson served in the House between 1983 and 1995, but was defeated in a bid for the Senate in 1994. He returned as a delegate in 2003.