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O’Malley picks his lobbyist to be district court judge

Included among Gov. Martin O’Malley’s various judicial appointments on Wednesday was a new job for his chief lobbyist.

Stacy A. Mayer, who helped craft and guide landmark gun control legislation and a bill creating a new revenue stream to pay for transportation projects during this year’s General Assembly, was appointed a judge for the District Court for Baltimore County.

Mayer replaced Joseph C. Bryce last fall after the governor’s chief legislative officer left the administration to take a contract lobbying job with Manis, Canning & Associates. Mayer’s work on the administration’s legislation this year drew praise from top elected officials in the House of Delegates and Senate.

Mayer and the other judges selected to serve in Maryland’s judiciary were recommended to O’Malley by the appellate courts nominating commission and the trial court judicial nominating commissions, an administration statement said.

Mayer had been assistant state’s attorney for Howard County before being named O’Malley’s deputy legislative officer in 2008. She received her law degree from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.