Friends of District 11


After 24 years in the Maryland General Assembly, I will be retiring from the House of Delegates when my present term ends in January 2019. My wife Shelley and I determined 4 years ago that this would be my last term in the House of Delegates, and we are staying with that decision.

Thank you for giving me the honor of representing you and of being the longest serving physician in the history of the Maryland General Assembly. I have worked each day to serve our region and state. My commitment to social change continues, and I will be pursuing new opportunities to make a difference in the fields of healthcare and the environment.
Many of the bills I sponsored brought cutting edge ideas to the fore, and many were initially met with resistance and skepticism. With time and effort, these became an accepted part of Maryland’s legislative landscape and history, and they made a difference in the lives of millions of people.
I never saw my job as a Delegate to be “go-along, get along.” I endeavored to shake things up, even as I accepted political risk and retribution. There were battles along the way, but at the same time I worked closely with my colleagues in a bi-partisan manner, always focusing on issues instead of party or ideology. I am proud that virtually all the legislation I’ve passed earned support from across the political spectrum.