Ivey, 52, is a two-term member of the House and chairs the Prince George’s County delegation. She sponsored a constitutional amendment, approved by voters last year, requiring politicians found guilty of certain crimes to be removed from office at conviction rather than sentencing.
A graduate of High Point High School in Beltsville, where the announcement was made Monday, Ivey is also the wife of former Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Glenn Ivey.
Some political observers thought Gansler, a Montgomery County resident, would pick a running mate from the Baltimore area in order to “balance” the ticket between two voter-rich jurisdictions, as many previous gubernatorial candidates have done.
Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, a Prince George’s County resident and one of Gansler’s rival in the primary election, selected Howard County Executive Ken Ulman as his running mate earlier this year.
Del. Heather L. Mizeur, D-Montgomery, who is also seeking the Democratic nomination, has not yet announced a running mate.
Gansler’s announcement came a day after The Washington Post reported the attorney general “regularly ordered state troopers assigned to drive him to turn on the lights and sirens on the way to routine appointments, directing them to speed, run red lights and bypass traffic jams by using the shoulder.”