Larry Hogan is the current Governor of Maryland who assumed office alongside Lieutenant Governor Boyd Lutherford on January 21, 2015 as the successor of Martin O’ Malley. Republican by political ideology, Hogan was Secretary of Appointments under Bob Ehrlich’s administration (2003 – 2007). In 2011, he established ‘Change Maryland’, an organization aimed at grassroots development.
Early Life and Education
Lawrence Joseph Hogan Jr. was born on May 25, 1956. Although born in Washington, he was brought up in Landover, Maryland by his parents. As a child, Hogan went to Saint Ambrose Catholic High School and DeMatha Catholic High School in Landover. Then, he joined Father Lopez Catholic High School while at Florida with his mother.
Graduating from Father Lopez Catholic High School in 1974, Hogan joined Florida State University for an undergraduate degree in government and politics.
Larry Hogan is married to Yumi Hogan and lives in Anne Arundel County. Yumi is a Korean descendant and is currently an adjunct instructor at Maryland Institute College of Art. She has three daughters from her previous marriage.
As of 2015, Larry Hogan is a stage 3 non-Hodgkins lymphoma patient. Hogan has been very optimistic about the success of treatment.
Larry Hogan has always been a Republican by political affiliation. As a politics graduate from Florida State University, Hogan quickly entered the political world by running for Maryland’s 5th Congressional District Special Republican Primary Election, 1981. In the election, Hogan came second with 22.36% votes, while Audrey Scott remained at the top with a massive 63.21% votes. the third-placed Republican candidate John Lillard only had 8.23% votes.
Again, in the 1992 Maryland’s 5th Congressional District Republican Primary Election, Larry Hogan stood up against Gerald Schuster, John Douglas Parran, Theodore Henderson, Michael Swetnam and John Michael Fleig. Hogan won the Republican nomination with 49% votes and went on to face Democrat nominee Steny Hoyer and independent candidate William Johnson in the final election. Unfortunately, Hogan lost the election against Hoyer with more than 20k votes.
Since losing the election, Hogan remained apparently unattached to the Maryland politics until 2003. Starting in 2003, he joined Bob Ehrlich’s administration as Secretary of Appointments and remained in the office until 2007. Thereafter, Hogan founded Change Maryland organization which focusses on bringing about development via grassroots approach. This organization took Hogan into the hall of political fame.
In 2014, 60-year-old Larry Hogan decided to run for Gubernatorial election. In the 2014 Maryland Gubernatorial Republican Primary Election, Hogan faced the Republican colleagues David R Craig, Charles Lollar and Ron George. He won the nomination with 42.98% votes as opposed to second placed David’s 29.14% votes. Subsequently, Larry won the Governor’s seat with 51.03% votes against Democrat candidate Anthony Brown’s 47.25% votes. Libertarian candidate Shawn Quinn managed to receive 1.46% votes.
As Governor of Maryland, Hogan’s most acclaimed work is his attempt to protect the Chesapeake Bay and control pollution. Likewise, he introduced Maryland Open Transportation Investment Decision Act to develop sustainable transportation goals. Also, Hogan ordered a shutdown of Baltimore City Detention Center for its record of poor function and condition. On the darker side, Hogan brought about fund cuts on Maryland education sectors. This act has been largely criticized as it might affect the long-run economic growth of Maryland.
Donald Trump and Larry Hogan
Larry Hogan was an active Republican member in the 2016 Presidential Election but not in favor of Donald Trump. Hogan publicly endorsed Governor Chris Christie and announced that he would, in no way, be supporting Trump campaign. However, Hogan was present at Trump’s inauguration on January 20.