Miller's long-time chief of staff to head Maryland legislative agency

Erin Cox
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Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller’s long-time chief of staff has been appointed to lead the non-partisan agency the analyzes the budget and legislative policy for the General Assembly.

Milller and House Speaker Michael E. Busch jointly announced late Thursday they appointed Victoria L. Gruber as the executive director of the Department of Legislative Services.

Gruber, who started working for Miller in 2006, has become so enmeshed in negotiations and writing policy that Miller and other senators often joked she was the 47-member chamber’s 48th senator.

She started working for the General Assembly in 1999 as a staff attorney on the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee and is widely viewed among state lawmakers as having expertise on the Maryland budget.

Republican Senate Minority Leader J.B. Jennings praised Gruber as “an excellent choice for this position” and said she helped senators regardless of political affiliation.

Gruber, a lawyer, will replace Warren Deschenaux, who retired Dec. 1 after a long tenure as the state’s chief fiscal analyst and a briefer stint as dual analyst and director of the department.

Gruber starts her new position on Jan. 1 and will be paid $185,000.

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