O’Malley appoints Harper to fill Harrison’s seat in House

Alexander Pyles//February 22, 2013

O’Malley appoints Harper to fill Harrison’s seat in House

By Alexander Pyles

//February 22, 2013

Nina R. Harper has been appointed to fill the seat of former Del. Hattie N. Harrison in the House of Delegates.

Harper has been executive director of the Oliver Community Association and the Oliver Economic Development Corp. since 2004. She’ll represent Baltimore’s 45th district on the city’s East Side.

Gov. Martin O’Malley announced the appointment on Friday, accepting the nomination of Baltimore’s Democratic Central Committee.

“Nina Harper has spent many years working to improve the opportunities and quality of life for members of the Oliver community,” O’Malley said in a statement. “With experience as a community activist and working with members of the business community and local and state government, I am confident Nina Harper will serve the people of Baltimore city with distinction.”

Harrison died last month at the age of 84. She was elected to the House in 1973 and by 1979, she was made chair of the House Rules and Executive Nominations Committee, a post she held through 2012. Harrison was the first Africa-American woman to chair a standing committee of the General Assembly.

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