What they're saying about Marvin Mandel

Here's a look at what others are saying about the passing of former Maryland Gov. Marvin Mandel.

Gov. Larry Hogan:


"The state of Maryland lost not only a former governor but also a truly great leader and someone countless people thought of as a friend, including myself. I will be forever grateful for the advice, wisdom, and stories Governor Mandel has shared with me throughout the years. No other governor has had the lasting impact on all three branches of Maryland government."

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake: 


"I join all of Baltimore in expressing my sorrow over the passing of former Gov. Marvin Mandel. I know that Governor Mandel will be remembered for many accomplishments during his time in state government, particularly the instrumental role he played in developing and promoting public transit in our region. I will fondly remember his love of state and local politics and the stories he would share. My thoughts and prayers are with Governor Mandel's family."

U.S. Rep. Elijah E. Cummings:

"I join my fellow Marylanders in mourning the death of former Governor Marvin Mandel.

"Governor Mandel had a lasting impact on Maryland. During his time as Governor, he invested in the state's public school and public transportation systems, and we are still reaping the benefits of those investments today.

"My thoughts and prayers are with his family."

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin:

"Governor Mandel was the Speaker of the House of Delegates when I was first elected to that body. I was witness to and learned from his unique ability to bridge political and geographic divides to get things done for the state of Maryland. Governor Mandel understood that government existed to serve the people, he instilled that ultimate truth into every member of the House of Delegates and that tenet served as the cornerstone of his governorship. During his time as governor, we saw unprecedented investments in education and transportation infrastructure, as well as an overall streamlining of government to make it more effective.

"Maryland is the strong state it is today thanks in part to decisions Governor Mandel made years ago. My thoughts and prayers are with his family."

Senator Barbara A. Mikulski

"Governor Mandel was a brilliant administrator who was rightly proud of his extraordinary legacy of modernizing and reorganizing Maryland state government. He will also be remembered for his many other innovative initiatives, including reducing the burden of school construction costs on counties, and helping to build subway systems in both Baltimore and the metro areas around D.C.

"Governor Mandel lived a full and accomplished life, and I join with many across Maryland in mourning his passing."

Comptroller Peter Franchot:


"Marvin Mandel is a monumental figure in the history of our great state, and more importantly, he was fundamentally a good man and public servant. As a Marylander and as Comptroller, I will forever be grateful for his determination as governor to modernize and streamline state government operations which earned national renown and were vital to Maryland's longstanding reputation for sound fiscal stewardship. On a personal note, I will always treasure his gestures of friendship, whether it was spending an afternoon in my office discussing World War II with my father, offering sage advice, or sharing one of his patented stories from days gone by. It is with deep affection and admiration that Anne and I extend our love and prayers to his family during this sad time."

Congressman Steny H. Hoyer:

"I was deeply saddened to learn about the death of my friend and former Maryland Governor Marvin Mandel. I had the privilege of working with Governor Mandel during my time in the Maryland Senate and in the Congress. As governor and a state legislator, he had a vision which led to substantial accomplishments on behalf of the people of Maryland related to education, health care, and transportation. He was a true leader who made Maryland a better place to live and I join tonight in celebrating his many accomplishments to our state. I extend my deepest sympathies to his family during this difficult time."

Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards:

"Today, Maryland mourns the passing of former governor Marvin Mandel.  A force in state government throughout his 26-year career, he will be remembered for his efforts to reorganize Maryland state government, build a subway system in Baltimore, and invest $1 billion on school construction.  My thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time."

Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh:

"We have lost a legendary leader. Marvin Mandel transformed our state and built a legacy that is felt in every corner of Maryland. On behalf of all the citizens of Anne Arundel County, our hearts and prayers are with the Mandel family during this difficult time."

Christopher B. Summers, Maryland Public Policy Institute:

"Marvin Mandel's positive impact on Maryland can still be felt today - nearly forty years after he left the Governor's Office. He modernized Maryland's executive branch by creating the cabinet structure, enacted a Constitutional amendment requiring a balanced budget, and transformed Maryland's transportation infrastructure, from airports to the transit system. We at the Institute are honored that he agreed to serve on our board. On a personal level, I will remember Governor Mandel for being generous with his time and counsel, his fondness for telling great stories, and for his deep affection for the state he called home his entire life."

 Md. House Speaker Michael E. Busch

"Governor Mandel was a legendary figure in Maryland politics. Although I did not serve with him, no governor understood the relationship between the executive and the legislative branches better. He was my friend, long before I was involved in politics, as a parent on the sideline of every one of his son's games that I coached. He has left an indelible mark on Maryland history."

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz:

"The State of Maryland lost a true gentleman yesterday with the passing of Governor Marvin Mandel. Like so many others, I was honored to call him both a friend and mentor. During his time as Governor, he reshaped government in Maryland as we had come to know it. Many of his reforms are still evident today. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Mandel family."

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr.:

"I was saddened to hear about the passing of my friend, colleague, and Maryland's former Governor Marvin Mandel. He was a true statesman who worked tirelessly to make Maryland a better place to live, work, and raise a family. It was my pleasure to serve with him during his tenure as Governor and grow a close and abiding friendship with him throughout the years. May he always be remembered for his dedication to the people of Maryland and his unwavering commitment to helping those in need. My thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time."

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