The chief lobbyist for Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) is leaving the State House to join a private government relations firm.
Joseph C. Bryce, who has served as chief legislative officer since O’Malley’s first term began in 2007, will join Annapolis-based Manis, Canning and Associates.
“Throughout nearly two decades of public service to the citizens of Maryland, some of the most difficult fiscal challenges and many important legislative debates, Joe’s leadership, his command of the law and the facts, and his fierce commitment to the common good, earned him the respect of legislators on both sides of the aisle,” O’Malley said in a statement.
Bryce told The Gazette on Friday that he felt it was the right time to make a move.
“For me, it’s been 18 years in the public sector,” he said. “You get an opportunity to work on a lot of big, bold things, but 18 years is a long time.”
Bryce’s role in the State House will be filled by Stacy A. Mayer, who previously served as deputy legislative officer. Before joining the O’Malley administration, Mayer spent nearly 10 years working as an assistant state’s attorney in Howard County.
“We have great confidence in [Mayer’s] ability to lead our legislative efforts and continue to protect progress for the people of Maryland,” O’Malley said in the statement.