Delegate Once Forced to Resign Appointed to Fill Vacant Senate Seat

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An old photo of Sen. Nathaniel Oaks.

A longtime Baltimore City delegate who was once forced to resign his seat, but was later elected again, has been appointed to fill the shoes of former state Sen. Lisa Gladden in the upper house of the Maryland Legislature.

Gladden, 52, has multiple sclerosis and resigned her seat representing Baltimore City’s 41st District last month. She served in the Maryland General Assembly for 18 years, 14 of which were spent in the Senate.

Today, Gov. Larry Hogan appointed Del. Nathaniel Oaks, who represented the same district as Gladden in the House of Delegates, to fill her seat. The delegate-turned-senator has been involved in Maryland politics since 1983.

He served as a delegate for the city’s 40th District for six years before having to forfeit his seat in 1989 after being convicted of theft for double-billing both his campaign committee and the State of Maryland for expenses on hotels, travel and office supplies. However, he was elected back to the House of Delegates five years later and has since been re-elected five more times.

The Democratic Central Committee of Baltimore nominated Oaks to replace Gladden last month.

“I am confident that Delegate Nathaniel Oaks will continue to be a strong advocate for his constituents in his new role as a state senator,” said Governor Hogan in a statement. “I offer him my sincere congratulations and look forward to working with him in his role to continue changing Maryland for the better.”

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