Governor Larry Hogan’s 2nd Inaugural Events Will Take Place on January 16th in Annapolis
On January 16, 2019, Governor Lawrence J. Hogan will preside over the inaugural events that mark the beginning of his second four-year term as governor of Maryland. He was overwhelmingly re-elected to a second four-year term on November 6, 2018, receiving the most votes of any Maryland gubernatorial candidate, and becoming only the second Republican governor to be re-elected in the 242-year history of the state.
In his first inaugural address, Governor Hogan pledged to advance the best ideas, regardless of which side of the political aisle they came from. Today, he is recognized nationally as a strong, independent leader who consistently delivers real results and achieves common sense, bipartisan solutions.
Immediately upon taking office in 2015, Governor Hogan took decisive action to create a more business-friendly future for Maryland by bringing tax relief, balanced budgets, and long-term fiscal responsibility to the state. He eliminated or reformed nearly 850 regulations, reduced or eliminated 250 fees across state government, and cut tolls at every single state facility for the first time in more than 50 years. In total, Governor Hogan has already delivered $1.2 billion in tax, toll, and fee relief for hardworking middle-class families, retirees, and small businesses.
As a result of these efforts, Governor Hogan is effectively growing Maryland’s private sector, creating jobs, and turning the state economy around. The governor’s first year in office was the most successful in total job creation and private-sector job growth in the last 15 years, and after previously losing over 100,000 jobs, Maryland has created nearly 120,000 jobs under his leadership.
Governor Hogan believes that every child in Maryland deserves access to a world-class education, regardless of what neighborhood they happen to grow up in. He has invested a record $25 billion in local K-12 education funding and will continue to lead the fight for more accountability in local school systems.
In 2017, Governor Hogan broke ground on the long-anticipated $5.6 billion Purple Line light rail project in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties, and also introduced a transformative Traffic Relief Plan to widen the Capital Beltway, I-270, and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, which represents the largest transportation Public-Private Partnership (P3) in North America.
Governor Hogan was the first governor in America to declare a full-scale State of Emergency in response to the opioid crisis, and has committed over $600 million toward fighting the heroin, opioid, and substance abuse epidemic with a four-pronged approach of education, prevention, treatment, and enforcement, led by the Opioid Operational Command Center.
In addition to tackling countless policy issues head-on, Governor Hogan also has faced a number of unexpected challenges with courage and candor. Just ninety days after his inauguration, protests in Baltimore City turned violent and the state’s largest city was in flames. Faced with the worst violence the city had seen in 47 years, the governor acted swiftly and decisively. He declared a State of Emergency, called in the National Guard, and within hours, order was restored.
Sixty days after the riots in Baltimore, Governor Hogan was diagnosed with aggressive Stage 3 non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. On November 16, 2015, he announced that he was 100% cancer free and in complete remission. Since waging his own fight, Governor Hogan has made it his mission to raise awareness for those battling cancer and support efforts to find a cure.
Prior to his election, Governor Hogan – who had never before held elective office – spent more than 25 years building and running small businesses in the private sector. In 2011, he founded Change Maryland, the largest nonpartisan grassroots organization in state history, which is dedicated to bringing fiscal responsibility and common sense to state government.
Governor Hogan is married to Yumi Hogan, a first generation Korean-American, artist and teacher. She is the first Asian first lady in Maryland history and the first Korean-American first lady in United States history. They have three daughters: Julie, Jaymi, and Kim; four grandchildren; and two shih tzu dogs, Anna and Chessie.
For information about attending inauguration events on January 16, please read the inauguration announcement on the following page.