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Pete K. Rahn
Transportation Sec.-designate Pete K. Rahn (The Daily Record/Bryan P. Sears)

Rahn, others head to full Senate for vote

But Gill's nomination held another week

ANNAPOLIS — Four of Gov. Larry Hogan’s nominees to head Cabinet positions, including the state Department of Transportation, head to the full Senate later this week for an expected confirmation vote.

The Senate Executive Nominates Committee unanimously voted to recommend more than four dozen nominees including Transportation Sec.-designate Pete K. Rahn but voted to approve a one-week hold on Michael Gill, Hogan’s pick to lead the Department of Economic and Business Development.

Rahn’s name along with the nominations of Aging Secretary-Designate Rona Kramer, Department of the Environment Secretary-Designate Ben Grumbles, and Kenneth C. Holt, secretary-designate for the Department of Housing and Community Development and more than four dozen nominees for other state and local boards and commissions will go to the Senate as early as Thursday. A final confirmation vote is expected by Friday.

Grumbles nomination move ahead despite some members expressing concerns last week about his answers related to fracking in western Maryland. Grumbles met with senators individually this week and was not brought back Monday night to answer additional questions.

One name that will not be on the list for a vote this week is Michael Gill, Hogan’s pick to head the Department of Business and Economic Development.

Gill’s nomination was held for an additional week at the request of Sen. Joan Carter Conway, D-Baltimore and the chairwoman of the Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee.

Conway asked for his nomination to be held in order to seek additional responses to questions she said had not answered to her satisfaction.

“He didn’t have the right answers when I talked to him,” Carter Conway said. “We’ll have one more discussion to see if he can come up with the right answers.”

In an interview after the hearing, Carter Conway said her concerns were related to policy decisions and diversity issues. She declined to elaborate.

“He knows what the issue is,” she said. “He knows what the problem is.”