Baltimore County Del. Adrienne Jones was unanimously elected as speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates, the first woman and the first African-American to hold the powerful position. She succeeds longtime Speaker Michael E. Busch, who died April 7.
Here's what people are saying about her election.
Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller
“Delegate Jones has been a key House leader on issues including education, health, and environment for years, and is a natural successor to Speaker Busch. I congratulate her and look forward to continuing to partner with her in the future.”
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan
“I extend my sincere congratulations to Adrienne Jones on becoming the 107th Speaker of the House of Delegates. The election of our first African-American and first female Speaker marks a proud and historic moment for our state.
“It is also a moment of great opportunity; Adrienne has pledged to be a Speaker for all delegates, and that is exactly the kind of bipartisan, collaborative spirit our state needs right now.
“I look forward to working with Speaker Jones on our shared priorities and with the entire General Assembly to continue finding bipartisan, common sense solutions.”
Del. Nic Kipke, House of Delegates minority leader
“Our Caucus is proud to have been a critical piece in this historic election and we offer heartfelt congratulations to the new Speaker of the House. Speaker Jones is a tremendous public servant and she represents the will and voice of her constituents and community with clear determination. She is someone we know we can work with and who will want to work with us. Ultimately, we believe in compromise and getting big things done for the people of Maryland and we know that Speaker Jones does as well.”
Del. Kathy Szeliga, House of Delegates minority whip
“As the Speaker Pro Tem, Speaker Jones was always fair to our members and made sure their voices were heard. While we know we will be on opposing sides of certain issues going forward, we have faith that she will approach this new role with the same fairness and consideration she has always demonstrated.”
U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin
U.S. Rep. Anthony G. Brown
Baltimore Acting Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young
I join the entire state of Maryland in congratulating Delegate Adrienne Jones on her selection to serve as the next Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates.
I have known Speaker Jones for many years and I count her as a friend. I am happy to see her take firm command of the Speaker’s gavel.
In Speaker Jones, the state of Maryland is getting a highly effective legislator and a first-class manager. In the spirit of the late Speaker Michael Busch, Speaker Jones will serve as a great coach, advancing the legislative agenda of the state of Maryland and our beloved City of Baltimore.
On behalf of the citizens of Baltimore, I stand ready to help our new Speaker and I look forward to partnering with her to help serve the people of Maryland and the great City of Baltimore.
Maryland League of Conservation Voters
Maryland Health Care for All
Former U.S. Rep. John Delaney, a Democratic presidential hopeful
1199 SEIU political director Ricarra Jones
“We applaud the Maryland House of Delegates for electing Delegate Adrienne Jones as the next Speaker. Del. Jones is an advocate for affordable health care and a proven leader who has worked tirelessly to improve Baltimore County. We look forward to working with her as she leads and serves Maryland in her new role.”
Cheryl Bost, president of the Maryland State Education Association
“Maryland public school educators congratulate Speaker Jones on her historic election. As the first black and woman speaker of the House, her speakership breaks critical barriers and puts the House of Delegates in position to make important progress in the years ahead, especially on educational equity.
“Speaker Busch set a high bar for leadership and courage; we believe Speaker Jones has the ability to do the same. Maryland faces some extraordinary opportunities and difficult challenges in the near future, chief among them the responsibility to enact a bold school funding plan with equal parts urgency and fiscal pragmatism. Maryland educators stand ready to ensure that every student in every neighborhood has a great public school and an equal opportunity for success.”
Tom Perez, chair of the Democratic National Committee
Maryland Catholic Conference
Howard County Executive Calvin Ball
“I want to offer my sincerest congratulations to our new Speaker of the House, Delegate Adrienne Jones. A trailblazer in her own right, she was elected with unanimous, bi-partisan support of her peers to serve as the 107th Speaker of the House. She is the first woman and first African American in Maryland history to do so.
As Speaker Pro Tem, Jones demonstrated strong leadership skills and an ability to build bi-partisan consensus to do what’s best for our state. For several sessions, she presided over the House chamber during difficult, uncertain times and I believe her decades of leadership has prepared her for this incredible honor.
Over the course of her career in public service, she has championed higher education, expanding social supports for families and advocated for our public schools. While she has graciously served her constituents of District 10 in Baltimore County, I am certain she will continue to do so as Speaker of the House for all residents of Maryland.
I look forward to working with her as we build upon the success we had during the recent legislative session to increase funding for education, protect our environment, and strengthen economic resilience throughout Howard County.
As a personal friend to Speaker Jones, I am confident that she will lead the Maryland House of Delegates with integrity, transparency, and fairness for all Marylanders.”
Del. Darryl Barnes, chairman of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland
“We are extremely pleased to announce that one of our own caucus members, Speaker Adrienne Jones, was elected unanimously by a bipartisan vote by the House of Delegates this afternoon. Jones will serve as 107th Speaker of the House, largely due to the tenacity of the Legislative Black Caucus. Since the first Speaker was elected in 1777, no African American has held the post. I want to particularly thank all the members of the caucus for coming together to support Speaker Jones. Without them this historical vote would not have happened. We look forward to supporting Speaker Jones and elevating the agenda of the African American community. We also celebrate that Jones is the first woman elected to hold the gavel.”
Baltimore Comptroller Joan M. Pratt
“I am taking this opportunity to congratulate Delegate Adrienne Jones of Baltimore County on her selection to become the next Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates.
“Delegate Jones has long been considered as and proven to be a balanced and thoughtful representative for her constituents and the citizens of the State of Maryland. I have no doubt that these traits will carry over into this new leadership position.
“I wish her the very best of luck and stand ready to work with her to move Baltimore City and the State of Maryland forward.”