State Governor Report
Maryland’s current Governor, Lawrence Joseph “Larry” Hogan Jr., was born May 25, 1956 and serves as the 62nd Governor of Maryland. The republican officiant has been in office since January 2015 and has since beaten intense cancer treatments as well.
After graduating from Florida State University with a bachelors degree in government and political science, Hogan worked for California congressman John Rousselet on Capitol Hill. He then founded his business, Hogan Companies, in 1985 involved in the real estate business until he met Bob Ehrlich in Ronald Reagan’s 1980 presidential campaign. Hogan temporarily left his business to work as Secretary of Appointments in Bob Ehrlich’s Administration from 2003 to 2007. During this period of time, Hogan appointed over 7,000 individuals at government positions of every level. In 2011, Hogan founded “Change Maryland”, an anti-tax organization to lower taxes and less government spending in Maryland. Finally, January 21, 2014 Hogan announced his campaign for Governor of Maryland and won on November 4, 2014.
It wasn’t soon after that Maryland declared a state of emergency when the Baltimore riots erupted on April 27, 2015 after the Baltimore citizen, Freddie Gray died while in police custody. Hogan not only declared the state of emergency but also activated Maryland National Guard to secure the state and end the non-sense violence. Up to 5,000 soldiers were deployed and armed in the city. During the chaos, Gov. Hogan temporarily moved his office from Annapolis to Baltimore where he remained throughout the emergency.
In June 2015, Hogan cancelled a “fatally flawed” Baltimore Red Line program that was supposed to link rails to have more available transportation in the city. Instead, after reducing the Purple Line costs combined with the new funding available for Red Line, it made it possible for the administration to commit close to $2 billion for highways and bridges across Maryland. The projects will go underway in 2018.