What they're saying about the legacy of former Maryland Gov. Harry Hughes

Harry Roe Hughes, the governor of Maryland from 1979 until 1987, has died, according to his family. He was 92. (Ulysses Muñoz, Pamela Wood / Baltimore Sun video)

Maryland's 57th governor, Harry R. Hughes, died Wednesday at his home on the Eastern Shore. He is being remembered for his many years serving the state.

Gov. Larry Hogan


“The First Lady and I are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Governor Harry Hughes, a longtime friend and Maryland legend whom I deeply admired. His dedication to our great state — as a distinguished member of the Maryland General Assembly and as our 57th governor — and his service to our nation as a member of the Navy Air Corps during World War II leave a legacy behind that will be forever remembered.

“Our most sincere prayers are with his two daughters, Ann and Elizabeth, his family, friends, and loved ones in this time of grieving. We will give him the celebration of life that he truly deserves.”


Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford

“Incredibly saddened to learn of Governor Harry Hughes’ passing today. Gov. Hughes served the people of Maryland with distinction, and was a fierce protector of our Chesapeake Bay. My wife Monica and I extend our deepest sympathies to Gov. Hughes’ family and friends, and pray for their comfort during this time of grief.”

House of Delegates Speaker Michael E. Busch

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin

U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen

U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer, House majority leader

U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings

“I join my fellow Marylanders in mourning the passing of former Maryland Governor Harry Hughes.

“After serving the nation in war, Governor Hughes embarked on a remarkable life of public service, serving our state as a Delegate, State Senator, Maryland Secretary of Transportation, and Governor. Having dedicated more than three decades of service to Maryland, his impact on our state was tremendous — and it will be lasting.

“My thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

Comptroller Peter Franchot

Attorney General Brian Frosh


Ed Fry, board president of the Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology

“The passing of Governor Harry Hughes is a great loss to our state and the Chesapeake Bay region. His tireless dedication to building consensus among varying stakeholder interests and finding real solutions was a hallmark of his personal character and his style of leadership. We send our thoughts and prayers to his family during this difficult time.”

Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, chairwoman of the Maryland Democratic Party

“Governor Hughes’ life and career was a testament to his leadership, judgement, and commitment to making Maryland the best place to live, work, and conduct business. As a two-time former Maryland Democratic Party Chair, we especially honor his contributions to building our Party and extend our deepest condolences to his family.”

Sen. Paul Pinsky, chairman of the Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee

Maryland Student Legislature

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh

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