Sen. Richard S. Madaleno, who may be Gov. Larry Hogan's most outspoken critic in the General Assembly, said Wednesday he is considering a run for the Democratic nomination for governor.
Madaleno, a Montgomery County Democrat, told a reporter who asked about his plans that he could be included on the list of Democrats considering a run against Hogan in 2018.
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker III, and former NAACP national chief executive Ben Jealous are among the Democrats weighing a run. U.S. Rep. John Delaney and Baltimore Del. Maggie McIntosh are also believed to be considering a run against Hogan, a Republican.
When he was elected to the Senate in 2006 after a term in the House of Delegates, the 51-year-old lawmaker became the first openly gay member of that chamber. Madaleno serves as vice chairman of the Budget & Taxation Committee and is known as one of the legislature's most knowledgeable members on fiscal leaders.
Before running for public office, he was a budget analyst for what is now the Department of Legislative Services.
Madaleno has lost about 50 pounds since last year. The senator said he did so for his own health but added that his increased energy could help in a possible run for another office.