Former Maryland House Speaker R. Clayton Mitchell dies at 83

Posted at 4:39 PM, Jun 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-14 16:39:23-04

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Former Maryland House Speaker R. Clayton Mitchell has died at the age of 83.

His family announced his death on Friday, stating that he had died on Thursday.

Mitchell was a Democrat who served in the Maryland House of Delegates for 23 years. He was elected speaker by his House colleagues in 1987, and he served in the leadership role until he retired in 1992.

He was a native of Chestertown, Maryland, on the Eastern Shore and began his political career as a Kent County commissioner in 1966. He was elected to the Maryland House after serving one term as county commissioner. He represented Caroline, Cecil, Kent, Queen Anne's and Talbot counties.

Last year, Gov. Larry Hogan named the U.S. 50 bridge over the Kent Narrows after Mitchell.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 21, 2019 beginning at the Fellows Family Funeral Home at 11 a.m. with internment subsequently at the Shrewsbury Church in Kennedyville, Maryland.

The viewing will be from 1 to 4 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. at the Fellows Family Funeral Home, 370 Cypress Avenue in Millington, Maryland on Thursday, June 20, 2019.

In lieu of flowers, our family asks that a memorial donation be made in Mr. Mitchell's name to Compass Regional Hospice, 160 Coursevall Drive, Centreville, MD 21617.