Serafini sworn in as Maryland delegate

March 08, 2008|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

ANNAPOLIS - Andrew Serafini was sworn in Friday afternoon in Annapolis as Washington County's newest state delegate.

Serafini's family and friends and other Washington County representatives watched as House Speaker Michael E. Busch, D-Anne Arundel, administered the oath of office and welcomed him to the chamber.

"Today, he becomes a part of history," Busch said.

"I am honored," Serafini said. "I know there's work to be done. I know I have a lot to learn in a short period of time, in a very busy time here."

Serafini, a 45-year-old Republican, takes office two-thirds of the way through the Maryland General Assembly's 2008 regular session. There are four full weeks left, plus Sine Die, the session's finale.


He will represent Subdistrict 2A, which includes Smithsburg, Maugansville and Williamsport.

He replaces Robert A. McKee, who resigned last month, with nearly three years left in his fourth term.

The sudden end to McKee's House career came as word got out about a police investigation into possible child pornography at his house. He has not been charged.

The Washington County Republican Central Committee picked Serafini from 19 applicants for the open seat.

Serafini, who lives north of Hagerstown, has a financial services business.

McKee served on the House Ways and Means Committee, but indications this week were that Serafini will not take his committee seat.

Del. LeRoy E. Myers Jr., R-Washington/Allegany, is expected to return from the Appropriations Committee to Ways and Means.

Busch, who makes committee assignments, said Friday he hadn't made any final decisions yet.

Some people from Serafini's business office came to Annapolis to share his big day, including Doug Nigh, the son of former Washington County Commissioner Keller Nigh.

The group of about 20 well-wishers also included his wife, Diana, and their four children.

Brother-in-law Keith Burrows took pictures.

After the short swearing-in ceremony, Serafini met several new people.

"I'll be your next best friend," Mary Monahan, the House's chief clerk, said, promising him a tutorial on rules and procedures.

"Do you have a lot of patience?" Serafini quipped.

Donald E. Murphy, a lobbyist and former Republican delegate from Baltimore and Howard counties, introduced himself in the hall and offered support.

Serafini's group navigated the underground tunnel from the State House to the Lowe House Office Building, where they saw his new office. He'll share a suite with Myers.

Lauren Serafini, 13, sat at her father's new desk and wrote a message. "Hey Mr. Myers. ... You better take good care of my daddy," the note said.

"He's so much a part of our lives," she said, explaining the adjustment she expects.

Her sister, Kristin, 19, and two brothers - Caleb, 15, and A.J., 21 - agreed, adding that they were proud of their father's new role.

"We always joke that he just loves to talk to people," Caleb said.

"My dad thought it was something he needed to do," Kristin said.

Serafini's mother, Avis, appeared to be as happy as anyone.

"I was just about to bust my buttons, I was so surprised and excited," she said. "He's an honorable, honest, reasonable person."

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