Politicians remember House Speaker Michael Busch

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Image via House Speaker Michael Busch’s Facebook page.

Michael E. Busch, who presided over the Maryland House of Delegates longer than any other speaker in the state’s history, died Sunday. He was 72.

An obituary in The Sun remembered Busch, who took over as House Speaker in 2003, as a “a champion of the state’s schools and the Chesapeake Bay.”

Busch reportedly died at the University of Maryland Medical Center, where he was being treated for pneumonia. Shortly after, tributes from all over the Maryland political world began pouring in.

In a statement, Gov. Larry Hogan said that while he and Busch came from different political parties, they were often able to work together on legislation.

The governor ordered state flags to fly at half-staff until sunset of the day Busch is interred.

Some additional reactions:

In one of his final political acts, Busch on Friday called for an override of Hogan’s veto on legislation that establish five oyster sanctuaries. The House of Delegates succeeded, voting 96-43 on Friday.

And the Senate followed suit today, overriding the governor in a 29-16 vote.

The legislative sessions wraps up tonight at midnight.

Brandon Weigel

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