State Sen. Nathan-Pul­liam re­sign­ing

Baltimore Sun - - NEWS - By Luke Broad­wa­ter

Sen. Shirley Nathan-Pul­liam, a long-serv­ing state law­maker from Bal­ti­more County, an­nounced Sun­day that she is re­tir­ing, cit­ing health is­sues.

“I do this with a heavy heart,” Nathan-Pul­liam, 80, a Demo­crat, wrote in a let­ter to in­com­ing Se­nate Pres­i­dent Bill Fer­gu­son. “As many may know, I have had three spine surg­eries in re­cent years, the last one on Septem­ber 30th. … I hope I have made a dif­fer­ence in my years as a pub­lic of­fi­cial, which in­cludes al­most twenty five years as a leg­is­la­tor.”

In an in­ter­view, Nathan-Pul­liam called her de­ci­sion to re­tire “very hard.”

“I love what I do. I put forth good leg­is­la­tion,” she said. “I helped my con­stituents. I can sleep well at night.”

The Wind­sor Mill res­i­dent and reg­is­tered nurse was first elected in 1994 to the House of Del­e­gates be­fore win­ning a seat in the Se­nate in 2014. Born in Ja­maica, she is the first Caribbean-born per­son elected to the Mary­land Gen­eral As­sem­bly.

“Sen­a­tor Nathan-Pul­liam has been a friend and men­tor to me and so many other law­mak­ers in my time in the Se­nate,” said

Fer­gu­son, a Demo­crat. “She has been a na­tional leader on the is­sue of health dis­par­i­ties, and mak­ing all of us fo­cus on the en­tire pop­u­la­tion in need. She is a true pub­lic ser­vant and my thoughts are with her in her re­tire­ment and re­cov­ery.”

Nathan-Pul­liam’s re­tire­ment opens up not only a seat for a sen­a­tor, but also a po­si­tion in Se­nate lead­er­ship, as she is vicechair­woman of the Se­nate’s Ed­u­ca­tion, Health and En­vi­ron­men­tal Af­fairs Com­mit­tee.

“My jour­ney, also as a men­tor, will pave a path for oth­ers to fol­low,” Nathan-Pul­liam wrote in her let­ter an­nounc­ing her re­tire­ment.

Se­nate Pres­i­dent Thomas V. Mike Miller, who plans to step down as pres­i­dent to start the 2020 leg­isla­tive ses­sion, de­scribed Nathan-Pul­liam as a leader on health is­sues.

“I have had the honor of work­ing with Sen­a­tor NathanPul­liam closely over the last five years, and I will miss her in the Se­nate,” said Miller, a Demo­crat. “Her voice was al­ways present, as an ad­vo­cate for her con­stituents, es­pe­cially on is­sues such as Mi­nor­ity Health Dis­par­i­ties, and Hep­ati­tis C treat­ment, of which she was so pas­sion­ate. The en­tire state owes her a debt, and our thoughts and prayers are with her as she works through her re­cov­ery.”

Both the Bal­ti­more City and Bal­ti­more County state cen­tral com­mit­tees must now ac­cept re­sumes to fill the po­si­tion. The 44th Leg­isla­tive District, which Nathan-Pul­liam rep­re­sented, is di­vided be­tween the city and county.

To ap­ply for the po­si­tion, one must be: a reg­is­tered Demo­cratic voter in Mary­land; a res­i­dent of Mary­land for at least one year; a res­i­dent of the 44th Leg­isla­tive District for at least six months; and at least 25 years old.

To ap­ply in Bal­ti­more City, in­ter­ested par­ties should send a re­sume to bal­ti­morecity­[email protected] Re­sumes must be re­ceived via email by no 2 p.m. on Dec. 14. In­ter­views of city ap­pli­cants will take place on Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. at the Fayette Street Out­reach Cen­ter at 29 N. Small­wood St. The in­ter­views are open to the pub­lic.

To ap­ply in Bal­ti­more County, in­ter­ested in­di­vid­u­als should email an ap­pli­ca­tion, re­sume, and let­ter of in­ter­est in­di­cat­ing their pro­fes­sional, civic and po­lit­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ence to [email protected] Bal­ti­moreCoun­tyDems .com with the subject line “BCDSCC Open Leg­isla­tive Seat” or mail to “BCDSCC, At­ten­tion: Nom­i­na­tions Sub­com­mit­tee, P.O. Box19092, Tow­son, MD21284” by Dec. 14.

Af­ter the in­ter­views, mem­bers of city and county district cen­tral com­mit­tees will then vote pub­licly on their se­lec­tion to re­place Nathan-Pul­liam.

If both Bal­ti­more City and Bal­ti­more County select the same can­di­date, the name will be sub­mit­ted to Gov. Larry Ho­gan, a Repub­li­can, for ap­point­ment. He can choose to ei­ther ac­cept or re­ject the nom­i­nee, but can­not pro­pose his own can­di­date.

If the choice of the two ju­ris­dic­tions dif­fers, both names will be sub­mit­ted to Ho­gan for his de­ci­sion.

AMY DAVIS/ BAL­TI­MORE SUN

Sen. Shirley Nathan-Pul­liam, pic­tured in 2017, re­signed Sun­day, cit­ing health is­sues.

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