ANNAPOLIS (Feb. 15, 2008) - Governor Martin O'Malley today submitted a list of 165 "green bag" nominations to the Maryland Senate for State boards and commissions. The list includes 10 southern Marylanders: 1 from Calvert County, 5 from Charles County, and 4 from St. Mary's County.
The term "green bag" derives from the historical green satchel that is used once every year to bring the gubernatorial nominations to the Senate. When not in use, the bag is stored at the Maryland State Archives. It is state tradition that a senior member of the governor's staff delivers the "green bag" to the Senate. This year, Secretary of Appointments Jeanne Hitchcock delivered the bag to Senate President Mike Miller.
"This year's 'green bag' appointments represent the gender, ethnic and geographic diversity of our great State," said Secretary Hitchcock. "I am proud to present these appointments to the Maryland Senate on behalf of Governor O'Malley and Lt. Governor Brown, as I am certain that these individuals will work hard for the people of Maryland."
The southern Marylanders nominated today are:
Agriculture Department, Board of Review
Stephen T. Reeves, St. Mary's County
Barbara R. Thompson, St. Mary's County
State Board of Master Electricians
Arthur Turner Brown, Charles County
Emergency Number Systems Board
William Arthur Frazier, Charles County
State Commission on Real Estate Appraisers and Home Inspectors
John E. Jordan, Jr., Charles County
Seafood Marketing Advisory Commission
Thomas R. Zinn, Calvert County
College of Southern Maryland Board of Trustees
Dorothea Holt Smith, Charles County
Austin Joseph Slater, Jr., St. Mary's County [CEO of SMECO]
St. Mary's College of Maryland Board of Trustees
Steny H. Hoyer, St. Mary's County [U.S. Rep. for 5th Congressional District]
Maryland Transportation Authority
Robert M. Johnson, Charles County