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Annapolis note

April 05, 2010|By ERIN JULIUS

Local lawmakers make 'the list'



ANNAPOLIS - Washington County's delegation boasts one of the most influential lawmakers in Maryland, and four of the least influential, according to lists compiled every four years by The Gazette of Politics and Business.

But just four local lawmakers are on the lists, as Del. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, made both.

Sen. Alex X. Mooney, R-Frederick/Washington, is listed as the least influential of the state's 47 senators.

Del. Andrew A. Serafini, R-Washington, makes the least influential list in the seventh spot.

Del. Charles A. Jenkins, R-Frederick/Washington, is on the least influential list in the 14th spot. Shank sits right after Jenkins on the least influential list, but is also considered the 18th most influential lawmaker.

State house insides - including lawmakers, cabinet secretaries, a handful of lobbyists, representatives of important organizations and a few experienced reporters - were asked for their views regarding lawmakers' influence, according to The Gazette.

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"The result is a highly unscientific poll. The margin of error is plus or minus a whole lot," according to The Gazette.

Included with the lists are some comments about the lawmakers. Under Jenkins' name includes the comment, "He's new. Not his fault."

In the "most influential" comments, someone said of Shank, "Republican whip is crafty."

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