Gov. Larry Hogan has appointed Alice Sophocleus, the widow of Ted Sophocleus, a longtime Anne Arundel County delegate who died last month, to serve out the remainder of his term, the governor announced Monday.
The Anne Arundel County Democratic Central Committee nominated her last week to finish her late husband’s term, which ends in November. Hogan’s Monday announcement makes 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.”
Hogan praised Sophocleus’ involvement in “countless community organizations from the PTA and the North County Business Advisory Board to the General Federation of Women’s Clubs and the District 32 Democratic Club.”
Ted Sophocleus died last month after an earlier surgery and neck injury. His political career spanned more than two decades making him one of the longest-serving public officials in county history.
The couple were married for 53 years and have three children and five grandchildren.
Baltimore Sun reporter Yvonne Wenger contributed to this article.