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Hogan appoints Lewis to vacant Baltimore legislative seat

Robbyn Lewis has been appointed by Gov. Hogan to fill a vacant seat in the House of Delegates. (Submitted photo)

Robbyn Lewis has been appointed by Gov. Hogan to fill a vacant seat in the House of Delegates. (Submitted photo)

Gov. Larry Hogan Friday appointed Robbyn Lewis to the House of Delegates to fill a vacated seat in the 46th district in Baltimore City.

The official appointment by the governor follows the recommendation of the Baltimore City Democratic Central Committee. Lewis replaces Pete Hammen, who left the state legislature after taking a position in Baltimore Mayor Catherine’s Pugh’s administration.

“I am confident that Ms. Lewis is prepared to use her experiences and expertise to be a strong advocate for her constituents in the House of Delegates,” Hogan said in a statement. “I offer her my sincere congratulations and look forward to working with her this session to change Maryland for the better.”

Lewis, who is a special assistant at the Maryland Health Exchange, has previous experience in international public health and was a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger. In a bio sheet Lewis lists her proudest achievement as helping to translate studies used to create policies preventing cervical cancer in countries, such as Malawi, Ghana and Thailand.

She said she’s excited to join a delegation that is collegial, coordinated and unified. As far as legislative priorities there are issues, such as paid sick leave, left over from last session, that will be her priorities, Lewis said.

“So I’ll be stepping into an open spot that’s on a team that’s already high functioning, and warm, and friendly, that’s supportive. So I’m very lucky in that regard,” Lewis said. “I’ll have a lot to learn, and it’ll be hectic, and busy I’m sure, (but) I won’t be out there alone and that’s important to me.”

Lewis joins District 46 legislators Del. Brooke E. Lierman, Del. Luke Clippinger and Sen. William C. Ferguson IV.

The district includes south Baltimore, wraps around downtown and extends east to the city line. It includes some of Baltimore’s most challenged neighborhoods, such as Westport and Cherry Hill. But it also includes some of Baltimore’s more affluent neighborhoods, such as Federal Hill, Harbor East and Canton.