Continuing his close relationship with former Montgomery County’s executive, Gov. Larry Hogan (R) appointed Ike Leggett to University System of Maryland Board of Regents.
Hogan nominated Leggett to the board of regents as part of his “Green Bag” appointments – a list of selected people to fill various government board seats and commissions that the governor announces every year.
Leggett, who served as Montgomery County Executive for 12 years before deciding to retire after his third term, is one of 124 individuals Hogan appointed to various governmental positions.
Hogan announced the nominations Feb. 15, saying that the 124 are qualified people who fill needed roles within the state government.
“Marylanders deserve the most-capable and dedicated representatives for these critically important positions, and we are extremely proud of the qualified individuals being submitted today,” Hogan said in a statement. “These appointments reflect the diversity of our state, and I am confident that these appointees will help us continue to change Maryland for the better.”
The “green bag” references the satchel that contains the list of gubernatorial appointments and is presented to Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller.
Also among Hogan’s appointments are former Delegate Marice I. Morales, nominated to the Montgomery College Board of Trustees; Geneau M. Thames, picked to be on the State Ethics Commission; Clarence C. Crawford and former senator Gail Bates chosen for the State Board of Education.
“I am extremely proud of the process allowing Governor Hogan to fill important leadership positions in every region of the state,” said Secretary of Appointments Chris Cavey. “These qualified appointees come from diverse ethnic and professional backgrounds, and we are confident that these men and women will work hard to serve our citizens.”
Hogan’s appointment of Leggett marks a continuation of the close relationship between the two elected leaders. While they come from opposing political parties – Hogan, a Republican, and Leggett, a Democrat – they have repeatedly spoken about their amicable professional relationship.
For Hogan, Leggett represented the largest jurisdiction, where he needed to attract independent and Democratic voters to help win reelection. For Leggett, Hogan has been a partner on key transportation issues, such funding for the Metro and Purple Line projects.
Evidence that their relationship goes beyond photo ops and news conferences, Hogan invited Leggett to give the welcoming greeting at his inauguration in January, sending a bipartisan message that Maryland, and the country at-large, needs politicians that are willing to reach across the aisle.