Jacobs as first female Senate minority leader
Sen. Nancy Jacobs appears to have made history Friday when she was chosen as minority leader of the Maryland Senate. No woman has held that post, at least as far back as 1953, according to Johanne Greer, director of library and information services at the Maryland General Assembly.
Jacobs, who represents Cecil and Harford counties and was minority whip for two Assembly sessions, has been in the Senate for a dozen years and replaces Sen. Allan H. Kittleman. The Howard County Republican stepped down this week over a divisive policy issue: civil unions.
Astute readers noted this morning that a woman, Sen. Rosalie Abrams, held the majority leadership position from 1978 to 1982. Born in 1916 in Baltimore, Abrams was a registered nurse and delegate before her 14-year stint in the Senate.
Asked about her place in history as the first female Senate minority leader, Jacobs said she was "just happy the 11 men in my caucus think I'm worthy. That's special."