John Bohanan at the Captain Walter Francis Duke Elementary School dedication Sept. 29.

Washington, DC — John Bohanan will be leaving Rep. Steny Hoyer’s office after 22 years as an aid to the congressman. Bohanan’s last day on the job will be Wednesday, Sept. 30, which is also the last day of the federal fiscal year.

Bohanan is a former member of the Maryland House of Delegates. He was defeated in last year’s general election by Republican Deb Rey. At the time Hoyer bemoaned the loss of Bohanan in the legislature. Hoyer[(D: 5th District] is expected to release a statement on Sept. 30 about Bohanan’s departure.

So what’s next on the agenda for Bohanan? He told TheBayNet that he is joining the Cornerstone Government Affairs firm as a consultant. Although the firm does lobbying, Bohanan will not be a lobbyist, but instead will be involved in securing new business for the firm.

Bohanan said he will be able to work some out of his St. Mary’s County home but also will have offices in Annapolis and Washington, DC. The Annapolis Office is right across the street from where he used to spend a lot of time (the Maryland Statehouse) at 9 State Circle.

On Hoyer’s staff, Bohanan specialized in defense issues and was the main point person in dealing with Southern Maryland’s Navy bases.

One of Bohanan’s last functions for Rep. Hoyer was the dedication of the Captain Walter Francis Duke Elementary School in Leonardtown on Sept. 29. He also appeared in his capacity as a member of the Maryland Inter-agency Committee on School Construction (IAC). Bohanan is the legislative representative on that committee, chosen because of his experience while chairing the House Appropriations Committee Education Subcommittee. Bohanan said he would continue to serve on the committee.

The IAC makes school construction funding recommendations to the Maryland Board of Public Works.

Contact Dick Myers at dick.myers@thebaynet.com

Update from Hoyer’s office

WASHINGTON, DC –Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-5) released the following statement today announcing that his longtime Senior Advisor, John Bohanan, departed his staff Wednesday, September 30, to join Cornerstone Government Affairs as a consultant:

“John Bohanan has been an extraordinary member of my staff for more than two decades, serving first as my District Director and then as a Senior Advisor. I have been fortunate to have had the benefit of his knowledge and expertise on issues affecting Maryland’s Fifth District, and his service has made a real and lasting impact on our communities.

“In particular, John’s knowledge of military installations in Southern Maryland has been invaluable, as has been his help not only saving thousands of jobs at Pax River, Webster Field, and Indian Head Naval Surface Warfare Center during the last BRAC round in the 1990s but encouraging the creation of thousands more.  His work over the years helped establish Pax River as the Navy’s premier aircraft research, development, test and evaluation center.

“As a Member of the Maryland General Assembly representing St. Mary’s County for fifteen years, John made education and economic development his top priorities.  He served with distinction on the Budget and Appropriations Committee and chaired the State’s committee tasked with ensuring the accessibility and affordability of higher education opportunities for Maryland students while promoting policies to bring national attention to Maryland’s world-class colleges and universities. He fought for funding for the third building at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center and advocated for the UMD Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Test Site in Southern Maryland, which is expected to bring jobs to the region. John also served on the Judith P. Hoyer Blue Ribbon Commission on Early Child Care and Education, supporting early childhood learning and the development of Maryland’s Judy Centers, which have benefited thousands of low-income families across our state.

“John was instrumental in preventing a proposed wind turbine project from undermining both the mission of Pax River and our country’s national security. He has been, and will continue to be, an effective voice for Southern Maryland, and his advocacy and forward-looking vision for the region will surely be felt for years to come.  

“John’s work both as an outstanding member of my staff and as a senior member of our state legislature was not only critical to helping serve the people of Maryland’s Fifth Congressional District but the entire State of Maryland. As a result of his tireless efforts, our State is a leader in education, the environment, and job creation, and the entire country has benefited from his advocacy for our national defense.

“I will miss having him on my team as a trusted and dependable advisor working on issues important to the Fifth District, and I wish him well in his next pursuits. I know without a doubt that he will continue to achieve success as he moves into his new role and will remain a strong advocate for Southern Maryland and its communities. I wish him, his wife Mary, and their family all the best in the years to come.”