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Hogan taps Getty as legislative chief

Gov.-elect Larry Hogan made the first official appointment to his administration today, naming state Sen. Joe Getty, R-Carroll and Baltimore counties, as his chief legislative officer.

An attorney, Getty was Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich’s policy director for four years and has been a state senator since 2011. He was in the House of Delegates between 1995 and 2003.

“Gov.-elect Hogan could not have selected a better person for this position,” said Senate Minority Leader J.B. Jennings, R-Harford and Baltimore counties, in a statement. “Senator Getty understands the legislative process better than most and has a unique ability to analyze legislation and understand how it will affect this state in ways that others either cannot see or overlook entirely.”

A member of the task force appointed by Gov. Martin J. O’Malley to study how the state could help develop a private-sector retirement plan, Getty has been skeptical of the panel’s work. He has opposed the state’s stormwater management fee program, one of Hogan’s favorite targets during his general election gubernatorial campaign against Democratic Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown.