One of the Maryland General Assembly’s longest-serving members, Sen. Jennie M. Forehand, said this year will be her last as a lawmaker.
After 36 years as a lawmaker, Forehand (D-Dist. 17) will not run for re-election in 2014.
“I really have gotten so many really good things done and I really felt like maybe it was time,” she said Friday morning.
Forehand, 78, served in the House of Delegates from 1978 to 1994, according to state records. She has represented District 17 in the Senate since 1995.
While she initially planned to wait to announce that she would not seek re-election, Forehand said others entering the race for her seat prompted her to make her plans known.
Del. Luiz R.S. Simmons and former Del. Cheryl Kagan are both running for Forehand’s seat.
Kagan — who ran against Forehand in 2010 and lost — said in a statement that Forehand has set an example of service that all who aspire to public office should admire.
“I salute Jennie for her remarkable career in public office and congratulate her on her many accomplishments,” Kagan said. “Jennie is a true trailblazer, and we owe her our gratitude.”
Simmons (D), who has served with Forehand in District 17, also lauded her service.
“Even though we may have different perspectives on different issues, I have always had a lot of affection for her,” he said.
Forehand said she will serve the remainder of her current term.
“I figure I’ve got something really good for this year,” she said. Among the bills she has pre-filed for the session, which starts Wednesday, are a bill to prohibit smoking in a vehicle with a young child and a bill that would broaden the ages protected against felony human trafficking from just minors to age 21 and younger.