By AFRO Staff

Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates Michael E. Busch will lie in state April 15 under the State House dome in Annapolis, which will mark the beginning of two days of funeral services for the venerable legislator.

Busch, 72, died April 7 the day before the final day of the 2019 legislative session after a battle with Pneumonia, triggered by liver disease (he underwent a liver transplant in 2017).

Michael E. Busch, Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates died April 7. His body will lie in Annapolis April 15
through April 16. (AP Photo/Brian Witte, File)

Busch, born in Baltimore January 4, 1947, was the 106th Speaker of House and represented legislative district 30A in Annapolis. He attended St. Mary’s High School in Annapolis, and completed his undergraduate degree in 1970 at Temple University in Philadelphia. He was first elected to the House of Delegates in 1986.

Busch, was a teacher and coach at his alma mater St. Mary’s High School from 1973-1979 and was affectionately known as “coach” by many. An exceptional athlete Busch was allegedly recruited by the National Football League as a running back, before a knee injury dashed hopes of a professional football career.

Busch is survived by his wife Cynthia Abbott Busch and two daughters, Erin and Megan.