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Top adviser to Maryland lawmakers to retire

Warren Deschenaux smiles as he answers a question during a fiscal briefing before the Senate Budget & Taxation and House Appropriations committees
Warren Deschenaux smiles as he answers a question during a fiscal briefing before the Senate Budget & Taxation and House Appropriations committees (KIM HAIRSTON / Baltimore Sun)

The top budget and policy analyst advising Maryland lawmakers plans to retire from state government this year.

Warren Deschenaux, who is executive director of the Department of Legislative Services, plans to retire Dec. 1.

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He oversees a staff of analysts who examine thousands of bills introduced in the General Assembly each year and offer nonpartisan analysis of the policy and fiscal implications of the bills.

House Speaker Michael E. Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller said Tuesday they appointed a bipartisan team to help with a national search for Deschenaux's replacement.

"There is no person in the state that knows more about Maryland's budget or budget process than Mr. Deschenaux," Busch said in a statement. "He has been a trusted adviser to Democratic and Republican legislators alike."

Miller said Deschenaux has always provided "fair and honest analysis, guidance and leadership for the state."

Miller added: "His wise counsel, wit and keen budget mind will be sorely missed by the entire legislature."

The steering committee that will recommend candidates to replace Deschenaux includes Senate President Pro-Tem Nathaniel McFadden, a Baltimore Democrat; Senate Majority Leader Douglas J.J. Peters, a Prince George's County Democrat; Senate Minority Leader J.B. Jennings, a Republican who represents parts of Harford and Baltimore counties; House Speaker Pro-Tem Adrienne Jones, a Baltimore County Democrat; House Minority Leader Nic Kipke, an Anne Arundel County Republican; Del. Anne Kaiser, a Montgomery County Democrat who chairs the Ways and Means Committee; and Deschenaux.

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