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Gladden resigns from Md. Senate due to health issues

Sen. Lisa Gladden says lawmakers must not forget low-income residents when addressing police accountability issues during the General Assembly session. ‘What the police do is a tough job, but by the same token it isn’t more tough than living on North Avenue,’ she says. (File photo)

Sen. Lisa Gladden. (File photo)

ANNAPOLIS — Sen. Lisa Gladden, D-Baltimore City, resigned Wednesday due to health reasons.

The announcement, which was not unexpected, came on the first day of the 2017 session from Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr.

Gladden, who was in her fourth term in the Senate, had missed much of the 2016 session due to her ongoing battle with multiple sclerosis. Her resignation is effective immediately.

She missed a large portion of the end of last session because of the disease that limited her active lifestyle — she was an avid bowler who had to give up her hobby. The disease at times made it difficult for her to walk, impaired her vision and sometimes slowed her participation in floor and committee debates.

Her health struggles last summer cost her the vice chairman position on the Judicial Proceedings Commission.

“She now has a guardian appointed for her, she lost her mom,” Miller said.

Gladden attended Western High School in Baltimore and later earned degrees at Duke University and the University of Maryland School of Law.

During her time in the legislature, the lawyer and public defender, was a staunch opponent of the death penalty and sponsored bills to repeal it long before that effort became a popular cause.

“She follows in the footsteps of Clarence Blount,” said Miller. “She represented a very challenged district in Baltimore City. She brought people of multiple faiths together…working together for the betterment of Baltimore City.”

Gladden’s resignation is the second since Tuesday, following Del. Michael Vaughn, D-Prince George’s, and leaves a vacancy in the Senate that will not likely be filled until February.

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