Alsobrooks, who is considered a rising star in the Democratic Party, said at a news conference that Davis, also a Prince George’s Democrat, is interested in running — and she will back him.
“As a Prince Georgian, I understand chairman Dereck Davis is a person who is not only interested but is well-prepared to succeed Speaker Busch,” Alsobrooks said. “As the leader of Prince George’s County, I think it would be ideal to have as a presiding officer a person who represents Prince George’s. We do not have in statewide leadership a single Prince Georgian.”
Del. Adrienne A. Jones, a Baltimore County Democrat who is the long-serving Speaker Pro tem of the Maryland House of Delegates, says she is running to be speaker. Jones, 64, was a close ally of the late Speaker Michael Busch, who died Sunday from pneumonia.
McIntosh chairs the House Appropriations Committee. She’s been a delegate since 1992.
Jones has been a member of the House since 1997. She’s chairwoman of a subcommittee that handles the budget for state construction projects, putting her in touch with lawmakers around the state who seek support for projects in their districts.
If the eventual speaker is Davis, Jones or McIntosh, the choice would be a historic first because Maryland has only had white men as leaders of its legislative chambers. Davis and Jones are black and McIntosh is openly gay. Also, the House has never had a female speaker.
“To have a person who is fair-minded and balanced and experienced, those are qualities that I know the chairman has,” Alsobrooks said of Davis.
The last time the House faced a similar decision was in 1973, when Speaker Thomas Hunter Lowe was appointed in July to the Maryland Court of Special Appeals. Delegates selected a new speaker that November, according to state Attorney General Brian Frosh.