Michael A. Jackson has moved to Maryland's upper chamber.
On Wednesday, the opening day of the Maryland General Assembly's 2021 session, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) announced he appointed Jackson, previously a delegate, to fill the vacancy last December when Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. resigned from his longtime seat on the Maryland Senate.
Maryland Senate President Bill Ferguson (D-Batlimore), who succeeded Miller as the chamber's leader in October 2019, administered the oath of office to Jackson.
During a telephone interview late Wednesday afternoon, Jackson told Southern Maryland News that he was "excitedly exhausted" by the day's events.
"It's an honor to follow in Mike Miller's footsteps," said Jackson, who added he will be serving on the senate's judicial proceedings committee.
Jackson, a Democrat who represented parts of Prince George’s and Calvert counties as a delegate, was the only one name sent to the governor’s office for consideration to fill Miller’s vacated seat.
The Democratic central committees of the three counties represented in Senate District 27 — Prince George’s, Calvert and Charles — each held virtual sessions over the weekend and Monday. In all three cases, Jackson won unanimous support for succeeding Miller as the district’s senator.
At all three sessions Jackson told the committee members that applying for the vacancy “is both bitter and sweet.” Jackson spoke of how the ailing former senate president had recruited him for his successful run for the District 27B House of Delegates seat in 2014.
During Saturday night’s meeting of the Calvert County Democratic Central Committee, Jackson affirmed his six years of experience as a delegate, a stint as vice chairman of the Southern Maryland Delegation to Annapolis, membership on the house appropriations committee and service on several work groups regarding COVID-19 and education qualifies him to serve in the legislature’s upper chamber.
Speaking on behalf of Jackson, Doris C. Spencer, a former Calvert Democratic Central Committee chair, pointed out he was “born and raised in Southern Maryland” and has served in the U.S. Marine Corps and as Prince George’s County sheriff.
A resident of Brandywine, Jackson, 57, is a graduate of Crossland High School.
During the Charles County Democratic Central Committee meeting Sunday afternoon, another state delegate, Debra Davis (D-Charles), stated that Jackson possessed “strength, character and is a consensus builder. He has always been selected for leadership roles.”
When asked during that session how he would balance representing three counties in Annapolis, Jackson stated that during his time on the house appropriations committee he has discovered, “Maryland has ample resources for everyone.”
“He’s done a yeoman’s job representing our county in Annapolis,” Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks (D) said of Jackson during that county’s Democratic central committee meeting Monday night.
The Calvert meeting was the only one of the three that included vacancy applicants other than Jackson. They were Darrell Roberts, executive director of the nonprofit Helmets to Hardhats; Rafael Rubio, a five-year resident of Calvert County; and Phillip Stamper, a higher education and communications professional who told the committee he grew up in Calvert County.
Calvert and Charles’ central committees sent their recommendation of Jackson to Gov. Larry Hogan (R) Monday while the Prince George's committee sent its recommendation Tuesday. By law, Hogan had to make the appointment by Jan. 26.