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R. Clayton Mitchell, former Maryland House speaker, dies at 83

R. Clayton Mitchell, former Maryland House speaker, dies at 83

Roy Clayton Mitchell Jr., onetime gentleman farmer and former Democratic legislator who became speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates, died Thursday from complications from cancer at his Kennedyville home. He was 83.

“We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our 104th Speaker of the House of Delegates, and my good friend, R. Clayton Mitchell Jr.,” said Gov. Larry Hogan in a statement.

“As an Army veteran and distinguished member of the legislature, Speaker Mitchell leaves and indelible mark on our great state. His countless contributions include fighting to modernize Maryland’s transportation infrastructure, and last year I was proud to dedicate the Route 50...

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