Carroll County's senators have taken leadership positions in the state legislature.
The Republican senators of the Maryland Senate held a caucus meeting on Monday, where they elected Sen. David Brinkley (R – Carroll & Frederick) as Senate Minority Leader and Sen. Joe Getty (R – Baltimore & Carroll) as Senate Minority Whip, according to a news release.
“The 2014 session will be a springboard to the 2014 election,” said Brinkley in a statement. “We look forward to challenging the tax-and-spend policies of the O’Malley/Brown administration over the last seven years that have crippled business expansion and hurt Maryland’s middle class families.”
Brinkley described an upcoming legislative agenda that includes repeal of stormwater management fees (the so-called “rain tax”), reductions in the gas tax and corporate tax rates and opposition to increasing the minimum wage.
“During the upcoming session and gubernatorial election campaign, there will be a continuing discussion of the decline of Maryland’s business climate,” said Getty in a statement. Gov. Rick Perry of Texas jump-started that debate last week at the same time more bad news about Maryland’s anemic economic recovery was announced by Comptroller Peter Franchot.”
Getty said that Carroll County has a history of leadership in the senate.
“Carroll County has established a strong tradition of statewide leadership in Annapolis with Senators Brinkley and Kittleman having served in the Senate leader and whip positions over the last decade,” said Getty. “It is a great honor for me to join in this tradition.”
The last Carroll County resident to serve as a leader or whip in Annapolis was Raymond E. Beck, Sr., who was elected House Minority Whip in 1974 and House Minority Leader in 1978. Beck also served for a short period as Senate Minority Whip just prior to his appointment in 1989 to the Circuit Court for Carroll County.
Information in this article taken from a State Minority Office news release.