Serafini, Ready Sworn In As Senators

Two seats in the Maryland Senate, vacated as members accepted roles in the Hogan Administration, were filled Monday as Andrew Serafini (2nd district, Washington County) and Justin Ready (6th District, Carroll County) were sworn in to join the body.

From AP coverage on the WBOC website:

Sen. Andrew Serafini, R-Washington, replaces former Sen. Christopher Shank, whom Hogan appointed as the executive director of the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention.

Sen. Justin Ready, R-Carroll, takes the seat formerly filled by Sen. Joseph Getty, who now serves as chief legislative officer for the Hogan administration.

Both men, who were sworn in Monday night, were members of the House of Delegates when their names were submitted for appointment by the Republican Central Committees for their respective counties.

The Carroll County Times offered background on the District 6 appointment, where former County Commissioner Robin Frazier had originally been selected by the County Central Committee:

Hours before Justin Ready was sworn in as Joe Getty’s replacement in the state Senate, a motion requesting that a temporary restraining order be issued preventing Ready from taking his oath of office was denied by a Carroll County Circuit Court judge.

David Jones, chair of the committee, said he could not comment on the lawsuit until he has had a chance to look at the documents.

The committee will be responsible for recommending someone to replace Ready in the House. Jones said it will wait until it gets an official letter informing them of Ready’s resignation before submitting a name.

“I would imagine the committee will come together and my guess is there might be some changes [to the vacancy process] but the committee will have to decide that,” Jones said.

Michael Sanderson

Executive Director Maryland Association of Counties