Annapolis – House Republicans elected Delegate Nicholaus R. Kipke of Anne Arundel County as House Minority Leader and Delegate Kathy Szeliga as House Minority Whip.
“It is a great honor to have been elected to this position”, said Kipke. “We are excited about the future of our Caucus and look forward to meeting the challenges of the Democratic monopoly in Maryland.”
“We are ready to hit the ground running”, said Szeliga. “We want to build on the successes of the past and increase our numbers so we can beat back the tax and spend mentality that all too often rules the day in Annapolis.”
The new leadership team plans to focus on increasing communication and outreach to the public as well as working with like-minded organizations such as Change Maryland and Americans for Prosperity.
“We’re going to have one big, great tent for folks who are really concerned about Maryland’s economy, public safety, and education”, said Kipke. “Our Caucus has the best policies and the best arguments in Annapolis, but too often our message doesn’t reach the voters. That must change”
Delegates Kipke and Szeliga replace Delegate Tony O’Donnell who served as Minority Leader since 2007 and Delegate Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio who served as Minority Whip since 2011.
“We both have a tremendous amount of respect for our out-going Minority Leader and Whip, said Szeliga. “We are thankful for all they have done and they will continue to be an integral part of the Republican Caucus.”
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