Longest-serving state House speaker dies
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Michael Busch, a former collegiate football star who parlayed his esteem on the gridiron into a political career, and who as the longestserving state House speaker in Maryland history helped shepherd laws that improved access to health care and legalized same-sex marriage, died April 7 at a hospital in Baltimore. He was 72.
His office announced the death. Busch underwent a liver transplant in 2017 for a condition he described as an adverse reaction to skin cancer medication. He said he had been diagnosed with liver disease from nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, a condition he attributed to the medication. He received a donated organ from a sister.
Last year, he had heartbypass surgery. In recent weeks, he was back in the hospital with pneumonia after a follow-up procedure for his liver transplant.
Busch was regarded as a respected dealmaker, known for a folksy style that leaned heavily on consensus-building.
– Washington Post