ANNAPOLIS - Washington County's delegation to the Maryland General Assembly on Wednesday unanimously chose a new leader: Republican Del. LeRoy E. Myers Jr.
Republican Del. Christopher B. Shank held the post since 2003, but gave it up this year. Shank said that as the new House minority whip, he'll be spending more time on Republican issues.
Perception was another factor.
"With the partisan nature of my new duties, it's time to create more of a separation, so my advocacy doesn't get confused," he said.
Washington County's delegation has eight members - seven Republicans and one Democrat. Five are delegates and three are senators.
The delegation's only Democrat, Del. John P. Donoghue, was unanimously chosen vice chairman Wednesday.
Sen. Alex X. Mooney, R-Frederick/Washington, was the only delegation member absent from Wednesday's meeting.
Shank said the chairman's duties include organizing the delegation's legislative package, keeping in touch with elected officials in Washington County to gauge their priorities and following bills through the process.