Michael E. Busch

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106th Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates
In office
January 8, 2003 April 7, 2019
Preceded by Casper Taylor
Succeeded by Adrienne A. Jones (Acting)
Member of the MarylandHouseofDelegates
from the 30th district
In office
January 14, 1987 April 7, 2019
Preceded byElmer Hagner
Robert Kramer
Succeeded byVacant
Personal details
Born
Michael Erin Busch

(1947-01-04)January 4, 1947
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
DiedApril 7, 2019(2019-04-07) (aged 72)
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s)Cynthia Abbott
Children2
Education Temple University (BA)

Michael Erin Busch [1] (January 4, 1947 – April 7, 2019) was an American politician who served as Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates from 2003 until his death in 2019. Busch was a member of the House since 1987. He represented District 30A, which encompasses parts of Anne Arundel County, including the state capital of Annapolis. [1]

Maryland House of Delegates lower house of the Maryland General Assembly

The Maryland House of Delegates is the lower house of the legislature of the State of Maryland. It consists of 141 delegates elected from 47 districts. The House of Delegates Chamber is in the Maryland State House on State Circle in Annapolis, the state capital. The State House also houses the Maryland State Senate Chamber and the offices of the Governor and Lieutenant Governor of the State of Maryland. Each delegate has offices in Annapolis, in the nearby Casper R. Taylor Jr. House Office Building.

Anne Arundel County, Maryland County in the United States

Anne Arundel County, also notated as AA or A.A. County, is a county located in the U.S. state of Maryland. As of the 2010 United States Census, its population was 537,656, a population increase of just under 10% since 2000. Its county seat is Annapolis, which is also the capital of the state. The county is named for Lady Anne Arundell (1615–1649), a member of the ancient family of Arundells in Cornwall, England, and the wife of Cecilius Calvert, 2nd Baron Baltimore (1605–1675), founder and first Lord Proprietor of the colony Province of Maryland.

Annapolis, Maryland Capital of Maryland

Annapolis is the capital of the U.S. state of Maryland, as well as the county seat of Anne Arundel County. Situated on the Chesapeake Bay at the mouth of the Severn River, 25 miles (40 km) south of Baltimore and about 30 miles (50 km) east of Washington, D.C., Annapolis is part of the Baltimore–Washington metropolitan area. Its population was measured at 38,394 by the 2010 census.

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Background

Busch was born in Baltimore City and was a lifelong resident of the state of Maryland. He attended St. Mary's High School in Annapolis and in 1970 received his B.S. degree in education from Temple University, where he was a member of the Pi Lambda Phi fraternity. [2]

St. Mary's High School is a small, co-educational, college-preparatory Catholic high school located in downtown Annapolis, Maryland. It is part of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore. St. Mary's is accredited by AdvancED, the Archdiocese of Baltimore and is recognized and approved by the Maryland State Department of Education.

Temple University public research university in Philadelphia, United States

Temple University is a state-related research university located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was founded in 1884 by the Baptist minister Russell Conwell. In 1882, Conwell came to Pennsylvania to lead the Grace Baptist Church while he began tutoring working-class citizens late at night to accommodate their work schedules. These students, later dubbed "night owls", were taught in the basement of Conwell's Baptist Temple, hence the origin of the university's name and mascot. By 1907, the institution revised its institutional status and was incorporated as a university.

Pi Lambda Phi North American collegiate fraternity

Pi Lambda Phi (ΠΛΦ), commonly known as PiLam, is a social fraternity with 148 chapters and 15 colonies in the United States and Canada. The fraternity was founded in 1895 at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.

Busch was pursued by the National Football League as a running back, prior to a knee injury. Busch then returned to Maryland to coach athletics and teach.

National Football League Professional American football league

The National Football League (NFL) is a professional American football league consisting of 32 teams, divided equally between the National Football Conference (NFC) and the American Football Conference (AFC). The NFL is one of the four major professional sports leagues in North America, and the highest professional level of American football in the world. The NFL's 17-week regular season runs from early September to late December, with each team playing 16 games and having one bye week. Following the conclusion of the regular season, six teams from each conference advance to the playoffs, a single-elimination tournament culminating in the Super Bowl, which is usually held in the first Sunday in February, and is played between the champions of the NFC and AFC.

Running back position in American and Canadian football

A running back (RB) is an American and Canadian football position, a member of the offensive backfield. The primary roles of a running back are to receive handoffs from the quarterback for a rushing play, to catch passes from out of the backfield, and to block. There are usually one or two running backs on the field for a given play, depending on the offensive formation. A running back may be a halfback, a wingback or a fullback. A running back will sometimes be called a "feature back" if he is the team's starting running back.

He was married to Cynthia Abbott Busch, with whom he had two children, Erin and Megan.

Legislative career

Busch first got involved in politics at the urging of parents of his students. After winning election in 1986 to the House of Delegates, Busch served on the Judiciary Committee, the Economic Matters Committee, which he later chaired, and as Chairman of the Anne Arundel County Delegation.[ citation needed ]

At the beginning of the 2003 session of the Maryland Legislature, Busch was elected, by his colleagues in the Maryland House of Delegates, Speaker of the House. Speaker Busch was known for his interest in the areas of health, insurance, and economic development, with a focus on health care.[ citation needed ] During the 2007 legislative session, he sponsored a bill with other members of the leadership, the Children and Working Families Healthcare Act of 2007, which proposed to provide health care access to 250,000 Marylanders and all children in the state. [3]

Legislative notes

Speaker Busch voted multiple times to support classroom teachers, public schools, police and hospitals in Anne Arundel County. Since 2002, funding to schools across the State has increased 82%, resulting in Maryland being ranked top in the nation for K-12 education.

Awards

Death

Busch underwent a liver transplant in 2017, and reportedly fell ill with pneumonia on March 26, 2019, after a follow-up procedure. [5] He was hospitalized at the University of Maryland Medical Center, where he died from complications of pneumonia and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis on April 7. [6] Maryland Governor Larry Hogan ordered flags to be flown at half-staff following his death. [7]

Election results

Voters to choose two:
NameVotesPercentOutcome
Herb McMillan, Rep.14,484  27.9%   Won
Michael E. Busch, Dem.14,289  27.6%   Won
Chuck Ferrar, Dem.11,932  23.0%   Lost
Genevieve Lindner, Rep.11,100  21.4%   Lost
Other56  0.01%   Lost
Voters to choose three:
NameVotesPercentOutcome
Ron George, Rep.25,631  19.25%   Won
Michael E. Busch, Dem.23,995  18.02%   Won
Herb McMillan, Rep.22,553  16.94%   Won
Virginia P. Clagett, Dem.21,142  15.88%   Lost
Seth Howard, Rep.20,080  15.08%   Lost
Judd Legum, Dem.19,670  14.77%   Lost
Voters to choose three:
NameVotesPercentOutcome
Michael E. Busch, Dem.22,479  17.1%   Won
Virginia P. Clagett, Dem.22,360  17.0%   Won
Ron George, Rep.21,811  16.6%   Won
Barbara Samorajczyk, Dem.21,758  16.5%   Lost
Andy Smarick, Rep.20,594  15.6%   Lost
Ron Elfenbein, Rep.20,497  15.5%   Lost
Voters to choose three:
NameVotesPercentOutcome
Michael E. Busch, Dem.22,422  17.7%   Won
Virginia P. Clagett, Dem.21,875  17.3%   Won
Herbert H. McMillan, Rep.20,972  16.6%   Won
C. Richard D'Amato, Dem.20,545  16.3%   Lost
Michael Collins, Rep.19,140  15.1%   Lost
Nancy Almgren, Rep.18,861  14.9%   Lost
David M. Gross, Green2,536  2.0%   Lost
Other Write-Ins71  0.1%   
Voters to choose three:
NameVotesPercentOutcome
Michael E. Busch, Dem.24,075  21%   Won
Virginia P. Clagett, Dem.24,036  21%   Won
C. Richard D'Amato, Dem.20,223  18%   Won
Phillip D. Bissett, Rep.18,690  16%   Lost
Edward J. Turner, Rep.14,119  12%   Lost
Anthony McConkey, Rep.12,353  11%   Lost
Voters to choose three:
NameVotesPercentOutcome
Michael E. Busch, Dem.18,709  19%   Won
Phillip D. Bissett, Rep.18,009  23%   Won
Virginia P. Clagett, Dem.18,254  18%   Won
Ralph C. Rosacker, Rep.16,299  16%   Lost
Joan Beck, Rep.15,974  16%   Lost
John C. Eldridge Jr., Dem.13,320  13%   Lost
Voters to choose three:
NameVotesPercentOutcome
John Astle, Dem.18,009  23%   Won
Aris T. Allen, Rep.16,951  22%   Won
Michael E. Busch, Dem.16,104  18%   Won
Edith Segree, Dem.14,341  18%   Lost
Phillip D. Bissett, Rep.13,321  17%   Lost

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References

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  2. 2011 Pi Lambda Phi Membership Directory
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  7. Collins, David (7 April 2019). "Governor Hogan orders Maryland Flags to fly at half staff in honor of House Speaker Michael Busch who passed this afternoon. He was 72.pic.twitter.com/CU48jmvTb6".
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Political offices
Preceded by
Casper Taylor
Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates
2003–2019
Succeeded by
Adrienne A. Jones
Acting