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Montgomery County Del. Dumais named judge, will be fifth legislator to depart since General Assembly session ended

A high-ranking state lawmaker from Montgomery County has been named a judge, continuing a shuffling of lawmakers in the State House.

Del. Kathleen Dumais, a Democrat, was named to an upcoming vacancy on Montgomery’s Circuit Court by Gov. Larry Hogan on Tuesday.

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Dumais was elected as a state delegate in 2002 and serves as vice chair of the House Economic Matters Committee, which handles issues that include business regulation. She’s co-chair of the Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics, which investigates wrongdoing by delegates and senators and recommends discipline.

Dumais is an attorney in private practice and earned her law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law.

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Her appointment as a judge is the latest in a series of departures since the General Assembly was last in session in the spring. Several lawmakers have departed, including: Del. Keith Haynes of Baltimore, who resigned without giving a reason; Sen. Douglas J.J. Peters of Prince George’s County, who was appointed to the University System of Maryland Board of Regents; Del. Michael Malone of Anne Arundel County, who also was appointed as a judge; and Del. Erek Barron of Prince George’s County, who was appointed U.S. attorney for Maryland.

Further, Democratic Del. Anne Kaiser of Montgomery County said last week that she’s stepping down from chairing the House Ways and Means Committee, though she will remain a state lawmaker. The Ways and Means Committee considers legislation on topics such as gambling and horse racing, taxes and elections.

House Speaker Adrienne A. Jones will need to find replacements for the leadership positions held by Dumais and Kaiser, and may need a new chairperson for the House Economic Matters Committee. Its chairman, Prince George’s County Democrat Dereck Davis, has said he plans to run for the soon-to-be open position of state treasurer.

Maryland’s lawmakers plan to hold a special session in December to draw new maps for the state’s congressional districts. Then, they’ll be back in Annapolis again in January for their next regular session.

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