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All governors should be #HoganStrong

Gov. Larry Hogan, R-Md., pumps his fist along the sidelines during the first half of an NFL football game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Cincinnati Bengals in Baltimore, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) ORG XMIT: BAF109 ** Usable by LA and DC Only **
Gov. Larry Hogan, R-Md., pumps his fist along the sidelines during the first half of an NFL football game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Cincinnati Bengals in Baltimore, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) ORG XMIT: BAF109 ** Usable by LA and DC Only ** (Nick Wass / Associated Press)

Gov. Larry Hogan is not the first governor to experience tough challenges, nor will he be the last. But after just one legislative session in office, it appears he is among the country's strongest. He has had everything thrown at him — including cancer — and has not only remained standing, but stood a little taller for it.

When I first came to Maryland as a freshman at Loyola University in the fall of 2014, Larry Hogan was facing tremendous odds in his bid for governor. There was talk from my new Maryland friends that he was gaining in the polls. But coming from New York, I thought this was going to be the same issue we saw every election cycle: A Democratic candidate takes a huge lead, concerns arise that cause the lead to shrink, but there is no credible threat of the Democrat losing. I did not know I was watching something special in Maryland; I still did not know until after polls closed and the results were announced in November.

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Once Larry Hogan was elected governor, it was easy to assume the new Republican, who had never held an elected office before, would have his most difficult battles fighting the overwhelming Democrat majorities in both the state Senate and House. Needless to say, there were typical partisan fights. Atypically, however, these battles tended not to become ugly. Governor Hogan and his opposition came together to pass a budget that combined most of both sides' priorities, charter school reform and even a repeal of the "rain tax."

Still, the job of the governor is never to be easy. Once Governor Hogan was done with legislative issues, Baltimore's peaceful protests over the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody became suddenly violent. When the riots started to get out of hand, the people naturally turned to their elected officials for help. The young governor did not disappoint. Compared to similar issues going on in states like Missouri and New York, Governor Hogan's response was more effective, and turned what looked like a war zone into a community that had a chance to take command and rebuild from the destruction literally overnight after he dispatched the National Guard. With his quick actions, the true protesters were able to take back their cause and continue to stand up for what they believe in.

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As if all of that was not enough, Governor Hogan has had to fight one of the toughest battles anyone can face. He was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma at an advanced stage 3. Although he joked saying "his odds of survival are better than his chances of beating Anthony Brown," the path to recovery is tough. Governor Hogan has carried the burden well. Having completed his final round of chemotherapy this month, Governor Hogan is remaining active on the job: fighting gerrymandering, getting $45 million back that the state lost in the botched health care website launch, reorganizing the inner-city Baltimore public transpiration system, and presiding over the largest tax refund in Maryland's history.

Although Maryland is known for being heavily Democratic, Governor Hogan has accomplished something that every politician talks about but few ever achieve: bipartisanship. He is willing to work with Democrats to find solutions to Maryland's problems, and the state is taking notice — proof there is hope that partisanship can be broken through with the right person, not the best politician.

Through it all, Governor Hogan has not flinched, he has not backed down, he has not given in, nor has he given up. No other governor in the United States today has had to deal with so much in such a short amount of time, while still delivering on his promises. Our country really would be a better place if all our elected officials were indeed #HoganStrong.

Bradley Schober is a sophomore at Loyola University where he studies business management. His email is bmschober@loyola.edu.

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