Wednesday, July 25, 2007

King won’t seek Senate seat

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ANNAPOLIS — Nancy J. King’s on-again, off-again pursuit of the District 39 state Senate seat is off, the delegate said Tuesday.

‘‘I love where I am in the House,” said King, a Democrat from Montgomery Village. ‘‘The time’s not right for me to go to the Senate, so I decided not to.”

King was among a handful of politicians lining up for the position, which becomes vacant Aug. 10 when Sen. Patrick J. Hogan officially steps down and accepts a lobbying job for the University System of Maryland.

King, who started her second term this year, said the fact that she was recently named House chairwoman for the Joint Committee on Children, Youth and Families influenced her decision to stay put.

On Monday, Hogan handed over the reins of a higher education commission that he helped establish to his House counterpart.

Del. John L. Bohanan Jr. (D-Dist. 29B) of California took over as acting chairman of the Commission to Develop the Maryland Model for Funding Higher Education, which is exploring affordability and access of obtaining a college degree. The General Assembly’s presiding officers will jointly select a permanent chairman; Bohanan is a likely successor.