RadioOnFire.com – Maryland Sen. and Baltimore County member of the General Assembly since 1999 Bobby Zirkin has announced he will be resigning from office next month.
The Democrat said he is ready to move on from politics, citing that it has become too divisive, too driven by special interest and social media, according to the Baltimore Sun.
Zirkin said he plans to focus on his law practice, helping professional athletes with charity work and spending more time with his family. His resignation will come in January before the 2020 session of the Maryland General Assembly.
Initially, Zirkin was elected to the House of Delegates in 1998 and then elected into state Senate in 2006. He has been the chairman of Judicial Proceedings since 2015.
Throughout his career, Zirkin is known for his achievements in the passing of Grace’s Law, his role in the Justice Reinvestment Act, the passage of the state’s ban on fracking and many more.
Upon his resignation, a leadership position will be open in Senate for a new chairman of the Judicial Proceedings Committee, which leads the reviews of controversial bills. Such bills cover changes in drug policy, gun control, criminal law and the cash bail system, the Sun reports.
Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski responded to the announcement saying, “Senator Zirkin has always been deeply committed to the people of Baltimore County and the state of Maryland. He always sought to put the needs of Marylanders ahead of politics and passed significant public legislation, including efforts to protect our children from cyberbullying.”
Zirkin’s resignation came shortly after Sen. Shirley Nathan-Pulliam stepped down from her position, citing health issues.
The district Zirkin’s position covers northwest Baltimore County, including Owings Mills, Pikesville and a portion of Timonium.