Annapolis, MD – Congratulations were expressed Wednesday, May 1 for new Maryland Speaker of the House Adrienne Jones.

Governor Larry Hogan 

“I extend my sincere congratulations to Adrienne Jones on becoming the 107th Speaker of the House of Delegates. The election of our first African-American and first female Speaker marks a proud and historic moment for our state.

“It is also a moment of great opportunity; Adrienne has pledged to be a Speaker for all delegates, and that is exactly the kind of bipartisan, collaborative spirit our state needs right now.

“I look forward to working with Speaker Jones on our shared priorities and with the entire General Assembly to continue finding bipartisan, common sense solutions.”

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, himself a former Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates (1979-1986).

“This is an exciting day for all of Maryland as we mark the election of Adrienne Jones – a true public servant – as Speaker of the House of Delegates. Having served for more than a decade as Speaker Pro Tem and chair of the Capital Budget Subcommittee, she will be a strong successor to Mike Busch, whose legacy will be a presence in Annapolis for many years to come.

“Adrienne is a friend and has worked her way up through the years, building alliances statewide and showing her skills in getting things done to better our state and local communities. Her historic election as the first female and first African-American speaker makes this moment even more meaningful.

“I fully expect Speaker Jones to bring the same intensity and skills with which she navigated the Capital Budget Subcommittee to the full House of Delegates. She will be the leader we need to prioritize a quality public education for our students, create opportunities for all Marylanders, strengthen our economy, and protect public health and our natural resources. As the leader of Maryland’s federal delegation, I look forward to continuing the close collaboration of our federal-state Team Maryland.

“I thank Delegate Maggie McIntosh and Dereck Davis for their ongoing leadership and dedication to the people of Maryland.”

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen‏ 

Adrienne Jones just shattered a glass ceiling by becoming the first woman and African American Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates. I know you will carry on Coach Busch’s legacy, and I look forward to working with you. Congrats!

Congressman Steny Hoyer

“Today is a historic day for the state of Maryland. I join in congratulating Speaker Pro Tem Adrienne Jones on her election as Speaker of the House of Delegates, the first African American and the first woman to serve in that role. Speaker Jones’ wealth of experience and expertise serving as Speaker Pro Tem will greatly benefit the House of Delegates, and I look forward to the important work she will do for the people of Maryland. 

“I also want to thank Chairman Dereck Davis and Chairwoman Maggie McIntosh for their leadership and commitment to keeping the Caucus together. Delegates Davis and McIntosh have served our state with distinction, and I am confident they will work closely with Speaker Jones to improve the lives of all Marylanders.

“I look forward to working together with Speaker Jones, Delegates Davis and McIntosh, and the rest of the House of Delegates to address the critical issues facing families in Maryland.”