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Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. during his 2015 State of the State address. (file The Daily Record/Maximilian Franz)

Second round of Hogan appointees cross first hurdle

ANNAPOLIS—A Maryland legislative committee is recommending that the full Senate confirm seven Cabinet-level appointments made by Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr.

The new round of recommendations comes three days after the full Senate delayed for a week a vote on five other senior Hogan appointees who appeared before the Senate Executive Nominations Committee a week ago.

The committee spent nearly an hour Monday night interviewing seven appointees including the secretaries for Departments of Agriculture, Human Resources, Public Safety and Correctional Services, and the Maryland Insurance Commission.

Following the interviews, which included more than 2o other appointees to various boards and commissions, the committee voted, without discussion, to recommend that all the names be confirmed by the full Senate. Included on the list are:

  • Joseph Bartenfelder, Department of Agriculture secretary
  • C. Gail Bassette, Department of General Services secretary.
  • Sam Maholtra, Department of Human Resources secretary.
  • Stephen T. Moyer, Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services secretary.
  • Al Redmer, Jr., Maryland Insurance Commissioner.
  • Gen. Linda L. Singh, adjutant general of the Maryland National Guard.
  • John C. Wobensmith, secretary of state.

The Senate vote could come as soon as Friday.

The Senate is expected on Friday to take up the names of 20 other appointees, including 15 made by Democratic former Gov. Martin J. O’Malley, at the end of the week.

Those appointments were held at the request of some Senate Democrats who expressed irritation over Hogan’s State of the State speech.