Citing health issues, Maryland state senator from Baltimore County retires, opening leadership vacancy

Sen. Shirley Nathan-Pulliam, a long-serving state lawmaker from Baltimore County, announced Sunday she is retiring, citing health issues. “I do this with a heavy heart,” Nathan-Pulliam, 80, a Democrat, wrote in a letter to incoming Senate President Bill Ferguson. “As many may know, I have had three spine surgeries in recent years, the last one on September 30th. ... I hope I have made a difference in my years as a public official, which includes almost twenty five years as a legislator.” (Balt. Sun)

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