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Mikulski statement on the death of Michael E. Busch

April 8, 2019
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Retired U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD), who is now a professor of public policy at Johns Hopkins University, today issues the following statement remembering Maryland House of Delegates Speaker Michael E. Busch:

Joining with Maryland in mourning, I wish to extend my condolences to the Busch family and to express my gratitude for Speaker Busch’s decades-long service to our state.

I knew and admired Speaker Busch since he first started at the Maryland House of Delegates. And though everyone called him “Coach,” I called him “Champ,” because he always stood-up for the little guys and gals. It was with great honor that I received the 2018 Speakers Medallion from Speaker Busch.

Speaker Busch came to the Maryland General Assembly as a high school history teacher and youth athletics coach; in the process he made history by becoming Maryland’s longest-serving Speaker of the House of Delegates and coached a new generation of Delegates to fight for what matters for the day-to-day needs of their constituents and the long-range needs of the State.

Speaker Mike Busch championed many issues during his tenure as Speaker. Whether it was funding for our schools, protecting our Bay, or fighting for equal rights for all – regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation – he not only made a difference, he made lasting change for every Marylander.

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