The wife of an Anne Arundel County lawmaker who died last month is being sworn in to finish the rest of his term.
Alice Sophocleus will be sworn in by House Speaker Michael Busch on Thursday.
Her husband, former Del. Ted Sophocleus, died last month at the age of 79 after serving 22 years in the Maryland House of Delegates.
The Anne Arundel County Democratic Central Committee nominated her last week to finish the term, which ends in November. Gov. Larry Hogan announced his decision on Monday, making her appointment official.
“While we are still shocked and saddened by the news of Delegate Sophocleus’ sudden passing, it is our responsibility to make sure that all Marylanders are fully represented in our legislature,” Hogan said in a statement. “Alice Sophocleus is a dedicated member of the community she will be representing, and I am confident she will serve the constituents of District 32 well.”
Baltimore Sun reporter Colin Campbell contributed to this report.