On January 31, 2020, Governor Larry Hogan (R) appointed Shelly Hettleman (D) to fill the vacant District 11 seat in the Maryland Senate. Hettleman assumed office on February 3, 2020. Her current term will end in 2022.
Hettleman’s appointment came after former senator Robert Zirkin (D) resigned on January 2, 2020, to focus on his law practice and a new business venture. Zirkin served in the Maryland Senate for 12 years.
Before Hettleman was appointed to the state Senate she served in the Maryland House of Delegates from 2015 to 2020. During her time in the state House, Hettleman served as the vice-chair of the Education and Economic Development subcommittee and the House chair of the Joint Audit and Evaluation Committee.
The Maryland Senate has no remaining vacancies. The only current vacancy in the Maryland General Assembly is the vacancy created by Hettleman’s resignation. Vacant Maryland General Assembly seats are filled by gubernatorial appointment.
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