Del. Will Smith (D-20) was selected to replace outgoing Congress-bound Sen. Jamie Raskin (D-20) in the Maryland Senate last Wednesday.
A former appointee by President Obama to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Smith will become the first African American to represent Montgomery County in the state Senate.
The Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee (MCDCC) nominated Smith after a round of voting winning 19 of 27 votes ahead of fellow Del. David Moon (D-20). On Monday Gov. Larry Hogan (R) made it official, appointing Smith to the Senate at the MCDCC’s recommendation along with Baltimore Del. Barbara Robinson who is replacing newly elected Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh.
“It is an amazing opportunity to serve District 20, the community I have always called home,” Smith said in a statement. “I am humbled to be afforded this chance to serve, and I appreciate the gravity of being the first African American to serve Montgomery County in the upper chamber.”
Smith was first elected to the House of Delegates in 2014 replacing Heather Mizeur, who left her seat in order to run in the Democratic Primary for governor in 2014. Smith will replace the outgoing Raskin, who was elected to represent Maryland’s eighth congressional district in this November’s election.
Smith will continue to represent District 20 in the state Senate, which covers parts of the Eastern County, including parts of Takoma Park and Silver Spring.
President Obama appointed Smith, a former officer in the U.S. Navy reserve, as a director in DHS.
“I supported Delegate Smith, I think he is a great representative and I think he’ll do a great job as their next state senator,” said Council member Craig Rice (D-2).