Governor Lawrence J. Hogan, Jr. was inaugurated as the 62nd governor of the State of Maryland on January 21, 2015. He is only the second Republican governor in Maryland in nearly 50 years, and the first Maryland governor from Anne Arundel County to be elected in over 100 years.
Prior to being elected, Governor Hogan worked in the private sector for more than 25 years as a successful Maryland business owner. Frustration with the out-of-touch leadership in Annapolis led him to found Change Maryland, the largest nonpartisan organization in state history, dedicated to bringing fiscal responsibility and common sense to Maryland state government.
Spurred by massive public engagement and the success of Change Maryland, Governor Hogan ran for the state’s highest office in 2014 on a platform of fiscal restraint, tax relief, and job creation. On November 5, 2014, he won 20 out of 23 counties by an average of 35 percent, leading to the return of balanced government to Annapolis for the first time since 2006.
Upon taking office, Governor Hogan and his administration took immediate action to rein in state spending and return the state to sound fiscal ground, reducing nearly all of an inherited $5.1 billion structural deficit.
Governor Hogan cut tolls at every single toll facility across the state for the first time in more than 50 years; reduced or eliminated 255 different fees; prevented 100 job-killing regulations from taking effect; repealed the notorious rain tax mandate; cut taxes for retirees; and returned more than $200 million in refund checks to overtaxed citizens. In total, Governor Hogan has provided Marylanders nearly $700 million in tax, toll, and fee relief.
Governor Hogan’s commitment to restoring Maryland’s economy and creating jobs has yielded real results. His first year in office was the most successful in total job creation during the last eight years, and the most successful year for private job growth in the last 15 years. Since January 2015, and under the governor’s leadership, Maryland has created more than 74,000 jobs.
Ensuring Maryland has a strong education system has also been a top priority for the Hogan administration. The governor has made a record investment of more than $12.4 billion in K-12 public education, and per-pupil funding has increased in every jurisdiction across the state. Most recently, Governor Hogan signed an executive order requiring schools to start after Labor Day and end by mid-June, returning common sense to the school calendar scheduling process.
Governor Hogan took swift action to address the state’s deteriorating roads and bridges. During his first year in office, he invested an unprecedented $2 billion in transportation funding, allowing the state to move forward on 84 top priority road projects in every jurisdiction and fixing every single structurally deficient bridge in Maryland.
Since taking office, the Hogan administration has been a strong supporter of protecting the environment and the health of Maryland’s most important natural asset: the Chesapeake Bay. Governor Hogan worked closely with the agricultural and environmental communities to develop enhanced Phosphorous Management Tool regulations – a solution that represents one of the most important steps forward in Maryland environmental policy in a generation. He has also provided the highest level of funding for the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund, and is the first governor in state history to not allow funding for the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay to be diverted into the General Fund.
To address the state’s heroin addiction epidemic, Governor Hogan created the Maryland Heroin and Opioid Emergency Task Force. In the 2016 legislative session, he acted on the recommendations of the Task Force, committing nearly $10 million in funding, and signing legislation to expand the state’s Good Samaritan Law and Prescription Drug Monitoring Program.
Governor Hogan has been committed to public safety and redevelopment, closing the deplorable Baltimore City Detention Center; reopening the Maryland State Police Barrack in Annapolis, and launching Project C.O.R.E., a $700 million initiative to address blight in Baltimore City.
To reduce unnecessary and overly burdensome constraints on Maryland’s citizens and business community, Governor Hogan established the Regulatory Reform Commission, which is currently conducting a top-to-bottom review of every single regulation in the state. The Redistricting Reform Commission, also established in 2015, directly led to Hogan-sponsored legislation to end the partisan drawing of district lines. Returning free and fair elections to Maryland citizens remains a top goal of Governor Hogan and his administration.
Governor Hogan has also faced a number of unexpected challenges. Just ninety days after his inauguration, Baltimore City was overwhelmed with the worst violence the city had experienced in 47 years. Governor Hogan acted swiftly and decisively, declaring a State of Emergency and calling in the National Guard. Order was restored, and the Hogan administration received credit for strong leadership, and a rapid and effective response.
Sixty days after the riots in Baltimore, Governor Hogan was diagnosed with Stage 3 non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Over the next five months, he would undergo 30 days of aggressive, 24-hour chemotherapy, multiple surgeries, spinal taps, scans, drug therapies, and other procedures. On November 16, 2015, after completing a scan at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, he announced that he was 100% cancer free and in complete remission. Since waging his own fight, Governor Hogan has made it his mission to raise awareness for all those battling cancer, and support efforts to find a cure.
Governor Hogan is married to Yumi Hogan, a first generation Korean-American, and an artist and a teacher. She is the first Asian First Lady in Maryland history and the first Korean-American First Lady in United States history. They have three daughters: Julie, Jaymi, and Kim and a dog named Lexi.