On Monday, November 29th, Delegate Shane Pendergrass (D-13, Howard County), Chair of the Maryland House of Delegates’ Health and Government Operations (HGO) Committee, announced she will not seek reelection. Delegate Pendergrass was first elected to the Maryland House of Delegates in 1994 and has served seven terms. Prior to joining the Maryland General Assembly, Delegate Pendergrass had served her community as both an art teacher and art therapist.
In an email to her supporters republished by Scott E’s Blog, Delegate Pendergrass wrote:
“I wanted to work on so much… including establishing Howard County’s first adequate public facilities law, making health insurance affordable for more Marylanders, protecting women’s access to abortion, maintaining a not-for-profit health insurer in Maryland, codifying a patient’s bill of rights, bolstering our public health system, addressing minority health disparities in our state, safeguarding the separation of church and state, and, most recently, battling a pandemic. Although I was unable to see the passage of End of Life Option legislation, the discussion was important, and I hope that one day Marylanders will have this right.
Being in a position to help improve the lives of Howard Countians and Marylanders has been the greatest honor. Each year has brought unique opportunities and challenges, hard-fought successes, frustrating disappointments and the determination to do it all again the next year. It has been a joy to work with my colleagues and with advocates, whose hard work on complicated issues allowed us to achieve so much. Now, though, I look forward to serving for the remainder of my term and then moving on to new adventures.”
A number of Maryland legislators expressed their gratitude for Delegate Pendergrass’s service: