Long­est-serv­ing state House speaker dies

The Buffalo News - - NATIONAL NEWS -

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

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