Republicans in Maryland House of Delegates Elect New Leadership

On Tuesday, Maryland House Republicans elected a new minority leader, Delegate Nic Kipke, and a new minority whip Delegate Kathy Szeliga. Del. Kipke, 34, is in his second term, represents Anne Arundel County. Del. Szeliga, 51, is in her first term.

According to the Capital Gazette, this is the third attempt by Kipke to unseat the former minority leader Tony O’Donnell from Calvert County. Del. Szeliga is replacing former minority whip Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio from Talbot County. Republicans currently have 43 seats out of a total of 141 seats.

Delegate Nic Kipke said the following on his Facebook page:

Today, Delegate Szeliga and I were elected to be the leaders of the Republicans in the House of Delegates. I’m grateful for the support of my colleagues and also thankful to Delegates O’Donnell and Haddaway-Ricco for their dedicated service over the years.

In this new role, I’m committed to advancing policies that will reduce poverty, improve classroom education outcomes, and make our streets safer. We can make Maryland a better, more affordable, safer place to live. I’m up for the challenge and invite you to get involved.

Earlier in April, the Maryland Republican Party also voted in new leadership. Interim party chair Diana Waterman was elected chair at the Spring Convention.

Del. Nic Kipke Website and Facebook
Capital Gazette

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