By AFRO Staff
With the recent death of Speaker of the House Michael Busch, the Maryland House of Delegates is left with a yawning void. During the Speaker’s illness, Speaker Pro Tem Del. Adrienne A. Jones stood at the podium and steered the ship through the end of the Legislative Session. On May 1, the members of the House of Delegates will convene to elect a new speaker, and the AFRO American Newspaper endorses Speaker Pro Tem Jones, the first Black pro tem Speaker of the House in the state’s history, to become the state’s first Black Speaker of the House.
Jones has been a member of the House of Delegates since 1997, when she was selected to finish the term of the late Del. Joan Parker. In 2003, Busch selected Jones to be his speaker pro tem and she has served effectively in that post for the last 16 years. Jones is a member of the House Appropriations Committee, chair of the Capital Budget Subcommittee and chair of the Education and Economic Development Subcommittee. She also serves on the vital Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education (Kirwan Commission).
At the end of the volatile 2019 Maryland General Assembly, Speaker Jones proved she is more than capable of leading the Maryland House of Delegates under difficult circumstances. During her years as a Delegate, she has worked to make the State of Maryland a better place to live and work. Although there are others worthy of taking the mantle of Speaker, we believe Jones is the best person at this pivotal time to lead Maryland’s House.