By Sean Yoes
AFRO Senior Reporter
East Baltimore Sen. Cory McCray has been elected chairman of the Baltimore City Senate Delegation. The vote took place during the six-member Delegation’s pre-2021 Legislative Session Organizing meeting, in Annapolis, on Nov. 20.
“I want to sincerely thank my colleagues for electing me as Delegation Chair and thank Sen. Antonio Hayes for his service in the last two legislative sessions,” McCray wrote in an email to the AFRO.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to lead our Delegation over the next two years. In our Districts, and across Baltimore, we are working together to find solutions to the issues plaguing communities,” added McCray.
It seems McCray, 38 has had a rapid ascension. The East Baltimore senator entered the political arena at age 33, when he was elected to the House of Delegates in 2015, representing the 45th District. In 2018, McCray easily defeated venerable Sen. Nathaniel McFadden, the Senate President Pro Tempore.
In his new role, McCray will lead the Delegation that sets Baltimore’s legislative priorities in the State Senate. “My number one priority will be ensuring that Maryland provides adequate funding for education, infrastructure, public safety and health, especially in the era of COVID 19,” said McCray. “In addition to supporting the new mayor, we will work to enhance and modernize the Delegation’s operations so that we are able to innovatively connect with our constituents as we battle the pandemic.”