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Donoghue named chief deputy whip

In his new role, the Democrat will help set the agenda and policy for the upcoming legislative session.

In his new role, the Democrat will help set the agenda and policy for the upcoming legislative session.

December 13, 2002|by LAURA ERNDE

laurae@herald-mail.com

WASHINGTON COUNTY - Washington County Democrat John P. Donoghue has been named to a senior leadership position in the Maryland House of Delegates.

As chief deputy whip, Donoghue will be one of a handful of delegates who will help set the agenda and policy for the upcoming legislative session.

It will be a broader role than he has played for the last eight years as chair of the health insurance subcommittee.

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"It allows me to be part of the broader picture and be in on decision-making on all issues in the House of Delegates," Donoghue said. "I think it's important that somebody from the rural areas of the state be involved at that level."

Del. Michael E. Busch, the Democrats' choice to replace House Speaker Casper R. Taylor Jr., D-Allegany, tapped Donoghue for the position under a reorganization plan.

Busch phased out Donoghue's health subcommittee and created a new committee to tackle those issues. The Health and Health Insurance Committee will be chaired by Del. John Hurson, D-Montgomery.

In a prepared statement, Busch said he tapped Donoghue for the leadership position because of his hard work and understanding of important policy issues.

Donoghue is among very few rural lawmakers left in the leadership's inner circle. Busch gave most of the other power positions to lawmakers from the Baltimore-Washington area.

Washington County Delegation Chairman Del. Robert A. McKee, R-Washington, said it will be good for the county to have Donoghue in the leadership position.

"That's good. John's been a very loyal Democrat," McKee said.

Donoghue's new post also comes with a new office when the session begins Jan. 8, he said.

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