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Portraits unveiled in Senate Chamber on Monday

Posted: 10:47 PM, Jan 13, 2020
Updated: 2020-01-13 23:19:32-05

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — New faces will be hanging in the Senate Chamber. You can now find Verda Welcome's portrait in the chamber.

She was the first African American woman elected to the Maryland House of Delegates and in 1962, Welcome was elected the Maryland State Senate and served for two decades.

Her daughter, Mary Sue spoke at Monday's unveiling.

"She's looking down on you and she may tap you on the shoulder...but always remember as she did...she followed her heart," Welcome said. "She left so much of her heart in these chambers and in the state of Maryland."

Senator Mike Miller's portrait was also unveiled. He was the country's longest serving Senate President.

He stepped down last October as Senate President, but continues to represent his district.