SEABROOK – Lawrence Hogan Sr., former Prince George’s county executive and father of Maryland’s current governor, has died.
Gov. Larry Hogan shared the news on his Facebook page late in the day on April 20.
“At 10:24 tonight, an American hero, and the man that I am most proud of, passed away,” Hogan wrote. “He had an amazing life that spanned 88 years. He leaves behind a loving family, countless friends and admirers, and a lasting legacy that won’t be forgotten.”
Hogan, Sr. served as county executive for Prince George’s County from 1978 to 1982, but perhaps is better known for his time as a U.S. Representative in Congress for Maryland’s 5th District. He held the seat from 1969-1972, and served as a member of the House Judiciary Committee. Hogan, Sr. was the first Republican to call for Nixon’s impeachment after the Watergate scandal.
Gov. Hogan referenced the event in his inaugural address, saying his father taught him about integrity in that moment.
County Councilman Mel Franklin also honored Hogan Sr. for the vote.
“Congressman Hogan was a true profile in courage when, after an impassioned speech and against the wishes of his party, he was the only Republican on the House Judiciary Committee to vote for all three articles of impeachment against President Richard Nixon for covering up the Watergate scandal,” Franklin said in a statement. “This stand helped our nation by shifting momentum in Congress toward impeachment, leading President Nixon to resign. We honor him for his service to our country.”
County Executive Rushern Baker III also sent condolences, and ordered the county flag to fly at halfmast.
“Yesterday, Maryland lost a leader who dedicated his life to public service and his legacy will live on through the people and communities he touched. My condolences go out to Governor Hogan on the loss of his father. I offer my prayers of peace and comfort as he and his family work through this very difficult time,” he said in a statement.
Baker also praised Hogan, Sr. as “a no-nonsense leader who got things done.”
“During and after his tenure in public office, he pioneered programs and initiatives that made life better for the people he served,” Baker said. “He was a leader who understood and appreciated how to use government to improve the quality of life for residents.”
Hogan, Sr. was born in Boston on Sept. 30, 1928, and grew up in Washington, D.C., where he graduated from Gonzaga High School and later Georgetown University. Aside from politics, his career included working as an FBI agent, a professor at the University of Maryland School of Journalism, a teacher of public policy at the Emergency Management Institute, and the author of two books as well as the editor of two more.
Hogan, Sr. had six children, eleven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
After his historic vote to impeach Nixon, Hogan, Sr. lost favor within his party and subsequently lost the 1974 Republican primary in Maryland’s gubernatorial race. He gave up his seat as county executive to run another statewide race in 1982- the race for U.S. Senator- but lost decisively.
Although Hogan, Sr. never ran for President of the United States, he received at least one vote for the office, from his son, Gov. Hogan, who wrote him in during the 2016 election.