Jacobs Steps Down as Senate GOP Leader

October 20, 2011

After a mere 10 months on the job, Maryland’s first female Republican Senate leader is giving up her post because she’s considering running for higher office.

“If I’m looking at doing something else it just would not be fair to the Republican caucus for me to have my mind else where,” said Sen. Nancy Jacobs. “Whatever I decide to do, I’m likely going to have to campaign. And campaign during session.”

Jacobs, who represents Harford and Cecil counties, said she might try to unseat Rep. C. A. “Dutch” Ruppersberger, a Democrat incumbent in the 2nd Congressional District, where she lives. She also said she’s considering running for Harford County Executive. David Craig, who holds the position is term limited.

Jacobs took over the leadership post in January after Sen. Allan H. Kittleman stepped down because he wanted to introduce a civil unions bill that would be at odds with his caucus. Kittleman never introduced the bill, and instead became the sole GOP lawmaker supporting same-sex marriage.

Jacobs announced her intentions to the GOP caucus Thursday evening. The group will meet in December, she said, to elect a new leader.

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