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The Maryland Senate unanimously confirmed its first round of Gov. Larry Hogan's Cabinet appointees Friday, putting behind it last week's Democratic pique over the tone of the Republican governor's State of the State speech.

With no drama or debate, senators approved the nominations of nine department secretaries and three other key appointments. They included four department heads whose confirmations were delayed a week in a move Democrats tacitly acknowledged was a protest over Hogan's speech.

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Among those confirmed was former Senate Minority Leader David R. Brinkley to head the Department of Budget and Management, one of the most important positions in the Cabinet of a governor elected on a platform of changing Maryland's fiscal policies. Brinkley, a Republican who represented Frederick County, was a highly respected member of the Senate Budget & Taxation Committee for many years and is known for his ability to work well with the Democratic majority.

The Senate also approved the choice of Van T. Mitchell to lead the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Mitchell is a former Democratic delegate from Charles County who more recently worked as a lobbyist. He has pledged to recuse himself in matters directly involving former clients.

Also confirmed were three other former lawmakers whose confirmations were delayed, David R. Craig as secretary of planning, George W. Owings as secretary of veterans affairs and Kelly Schulz as head of the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. Craig is a former Harford County executive who previously served in the Senate and House and came in second to Hogan in last year's GOP primary. Owings is a former Democratic delegate from Calvert County who served in the same position under Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. Schulz was a Republican delegate from Frederick County.

Others department heads approved were former Baltimore County Councilman Joseph Bartenfelder as secretary of agriculture, businesswoman C. Gail Bassette as secretary of general services, businessman Sam Malhotra as secretary of human resources and former Maryland State Police Lt. Col. Stephen T. Moyer to lead the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services.

Also confirmed were Adjutant General Linda L. Singh, who will head the Maryland National Guard; former Baltimore County Republican Del. Al Redmer Jr., who will return to his Ehrlich administration role as insurance commissioner, and former Defense Department official John C. Wobensmith as secretary of state.

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