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Delegate Shank named to GOP leadership post

July 30, 2003|by LAURA ERNDE

laurae@herald-mail.com

Washington County Del. Christopher B. Shank has been named to a leadership position in the House Republican Caucus.

Shank will serve as assistant minority leader to Del. George C. Edwards, R-Garrett/Allegany, helping to develop the party's legislative agenda, according to an announcement Tuesday from the caucus.

"I am confident that Chris' strong leadership skills will help our new leadership team further the agenda of the Republican Caucus, as well as Gov. Bob Ehrlich," said Minority Whip Tony O'Donnell, R-Calvert/St. Mary's.

O'Donnell called Shank "one of the most admired and respected veteran members of the House."

Shank, who turns 31 today, was elected to the Maryland House of Delegates in 1998.

For four years before that, he worked as the legislative aide to the Washington County delegation to the Maryland General Assembly.

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Two other local freshmen Republicans were named to the party's leadership team.

Del. LeRoy E. Myers Jr., R-Allegany/Washington, was named vice chairman of the Republican Policy Committee.

Del. Richard B. Weldon, R-Frederick/Washington, is parliamentarian and chair of the Republican Rules Committee.

"We have an impressive combination of veteran legislators and freshmen delegates from throughout the state to serve on the House Republican leadership team," Edwards said in the statement.

Washington County also has representation in the House Democratic leadership, which holds the majority.

Del. John P. Donoghue, who was elected in 1990, serves as chief deputy whip.

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