The longest-serving House speaker in the history of Maryland, Michael E. Busch, died Sunday afternoon after being hospitalized late last month with pneumonia. Referred to as “Coach” by many, he was a transformational leader who was a strong supporter of education funding, environmental protections and expansion of health care coverage. He was 72.
“This is a profoundly sad day for Maryland,” Hogan said in a statement. “Mike Busch was a giant in our government—the longest serving Speaker in our state’s history. He cared deeply about improving the lives of Marylanders, and his legacy is evident in his many legislative achievements.” – Governor Larry Hogan
“My heart is broken for Mike Busch’s family, the State of Maryland, and the Speaker’s extended family – elected officials and staff that he has been a mentor and coach to over his time in public service. Mike has been a friend for years, and has led the state to new heights of environmentalism and education, while ensuring that a new generation of leaders move our state forward. He was a true model of a State Delegate; he cared for every corner of the state, but never forgot about the people he was elected to represent. I will miss him as a friend and partner in state government and I join all the state in mourning his passing.” – Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr.
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