Del. Adams elected House Minority Whip
MARYLAND – Although the Maryland General Assembly session officially ended at midnight Monday, Tuesday brought major news for the Eastern Shore. The Republican caucus voting Del. Chris Adams (R-37B) as the new House Minority Whip.
Along with Adams, Del. Jason Buckel (R-1B) was elected House Minority Leader. The pair will take over for Delegates Nic Kipke and Kathy Szeliga, who announced earlier this year they would be stepping down from their leadership roles at the end of the session.
Adams has been a member of the House of Delegates since 2014, most recently serving as Deputy Minority Whip. With Buckel being from Allegany County and Adams being from the Eastern Shore, both will combine to give Western Maryland and the shore a seat with leadership in the statehouse.
“It’s very encouraging and so I’m grounded, and I’ll stay grounded and therefore I think that I’ll take this job in stride and for our citizens on the Eastern Shore, do as good of job as I can for as long as the caucus will allow me,” said Adams.
Looking forward Minority Whip Adams said he looks forward to continuing to advocate for rural matters, as well as growing the Republican Party in an election year.
“We want more members, more members equals more voice and the ability to do things that we currently aren’t able to do with our numbers. We have a 2 to 1 disadvantage in the House of Delegates,” Adams said.
Adams election marks the first House Minority Whip from the Eastern Shore since Del. Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio held the position in 2013.