July 30, 2018 at 10:58 am EDT | by Michael K. Lavers
Clippinger nominated to chair Md. House Judiciary Committee
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Maryland state Del. Luke Clippinger (D-Baltimore City) has been nominated to chair the House Judiciary Committee. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Maryland state Del. Luke Clippinger (D-Baltimore City) has been nominated to become the next chair of the House Judiciary Committee.

“I look forward to the opportunity to work alongside the members of the Judiciary Committee as we start to address criminal justice in a more holistic manner,” said Clippinger in an email he sent to his supporters on July 23. “As a representative of Baltimore City, I understand what a crucial moment it is for our community, and believe we can begin to take a more proactive approach to building a safer Maryland.”

The email also contained a statement from House Speaker Mike Busch (D-Anne Arundel County), who nominated Clippinger for the post.

“Criminal justice policy is evolving more rapidly every year and I am pleased to name an experienced practitioner to lead this committee for the next term,” said Busch. “Luke has proven himself time and again as having the ability to work with people from all backgrounds and bring a common sense, forward-thinking approach to policy issues.”

Clippinger, 45, has represented House District 46 since 2011. He is among the handful of openly LGBT members of the Maryland General Assembly.

Clippinger last month won his primary.

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

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