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The Maryland Senate chamber. Photo by Danielle E. Gaines.

12.12.19 – Maryland Matters –

When presumed Senate President Bill Ferguson (D-Baltimore City) rolled out his leadership team Thursday, it was the culmination of seismic shifts that have taken place in the state Senate in just a little more than a year.

Nothing is more dramatic than the transition between outgoing Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert), who served for 33 years, and Ferguson, who was 3 1/2 years old when Miller took over.

But this illustration of how the 11 most powerful jobs have turned over in the Senate in such a short time speaks volumes. 2018 brought the election of 18 new senators ― in a chamber with 47 members. In early 2020, there will be two more new senators. Those numbers also speak volumes.