Prince George’s County Del. Justin D. Ross will retire from the House of Delegates in November, citing a desire to spend more time with his wife and four children.
Ross (D-Dist. 22) of Hyattsville said he was grateful for his legislative role, but it was requiring more of his time than he could give.
“I love the part-time legislature but don’t want to be a part-time dad,” Ross said.
Ross, 36, has served in the House since 2003, and was tapped by House Speaker Michael E. Busch (D-Dist. 30) of Annapolis to serve as chief deputy majority whip in 2007.
Ross said he was particularly proud to have helped pass legislation legalizing same-sex marriage earlier in the year.
“It felt like one of the most important things I was going to be a part of,” he said.
The measure is going to referendum for the state’s voters to decide Nov. 6.
Busch said in a statement that Ross had been an invaluable part of his leadership team.
“He has been critical to the passage of every piece of important legislation in the House of Delegates over the past six years, most notably same-sex marriage,” Busch said in the statement.
Ross began his career in politics in 1994 as an aide to Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (D-Dist. 5) of Mechanicsville. His professional background is in commercial real estate, and he is vice president of the AFL-CIO Investment Trust Corp.
Ross said he plans to continue at that job, “taking deep breaths” and attending numerous Little League sporting events. He coaches youth lacrosse on weekends.
Ross will step down Nov. 9, and the Prince George’s County Democratic Central Committee will have 30 days to suggest a replacement, to be appointed by Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) to complete his term.