Md. House Speaker Busch may miss rest of General Assembly due to pneumonia

Posted at 7:56 PM, Apr 01, 2019

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WMAR) — The Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates has pneumonia and could miss the remainder of the General Assembly.

In a statement released by his office on Monday, Busch explained his recent absence from the legislature.

"After a follow-up procedure to my 2017 liver transplant, I started feeling run-down after the Democratic Caucus meeting last Tuesday," Busch's statement read. "I have developed a case of pneumonia, which has kept me away from Annapolis this week."

During his recovery, Baltimore County Democrat and Pro tempore Adrienne Jones will continue to preside over the House of Delegates.

Busch said he hopes to be back before April 8, which is when lawmakers adjourn for the year, but his doctors have "advised caution" during his recovery.

Over the past few years, Busch has battled significant health issues. Last September he underwent heart surgery and the year prior, a liver transplant.

Busch is in his 17th year as Speaker. He joined the House of Delegates in 1987.