Michael E. Busch, the longest-serving House of Delegates speaker in Maryland history and a champion of the state’s schools and the Chesapeake Bay, died Sunday. He was 72.
Mr. Busch died at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, where doctors were treating him for pneumonia. His office said he agreed Saturday to use a ventilator to help him breathe, but his condition on Sunday took a turn for the worse.
“At 3:22 p.m. this afternoon, Maryland Speaker of the House Michael Erin Busch passed away peacefully, surrounded by loved ones,” Alexandra M. Hughes, his chief of staff, said in a statement.
He had announced his illness...