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Md. House of Delegates swears in first ever African American female Republican

Dr. Brenda J. Thiam is sworn into the Maryland House of Delegates
Posted at 9:12 AM, Oct 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-08 09:17:46-04

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — On Tuesday, Dr. Brenda J. Thiam became the first ever African American Republican female to be seated in the Maryland House of Delegates.

Thiam was sworn in to represent District 2B in Hagerstown.

“Delegate Thiam is going to be an excellent legislator and we are so excited to have her as a colleague in the House and as a member of our Caucus,” said House Minority Leader Nic Kipke. "She is strongly committed to the citizens she represents and will do a fabulous job for the citizens of Hagerstown.

For more than 20-years Thiam has been a special educator, working with autistic children.

Earlier this year, Thiam established Oasis Community Support Services, Inc., a nonprofit organization to support the residential and supported employment needs of adults with autism.

"I'm looking forward to working in Annapolis on behalf of District 2B in Hagerstown and for the citizens of Maryland," said Delegate Thiam. "I optimistically embrace the great work we'll get done in the General Assembly as we work together collaboratively. I will always be guided by the fact that I'm a public servant who represents the constituents".