Republican State Senator H. Wayne Norman, Jr. passed away suddenly at his home last weekend. He was 62. A lawyer with an office in Bel Air, Norman served in the Maryland House of Delegates starting in 2008 when he was appointed to that position. His appointment came after Delegate Barry Glassman was appointed to the Maryland State Senate after J. Robert Hooper resigned from the State Senate because of health concerns. When Glassman was elected Harford County Executive, Norman ran for that State Senate office and won in 2014, representing the 35th District, which covers parts of Cecil and Harford Counties. He was running for a second term this year and was the lone candidate.
In addition to his duties in the state legislature, Norman served on the Bainbridge Development Advisory Board, Court of Appeals Standing Committee onRules of Practice and Procedure, Local Development Council (for video lottery) and the Task Force on Rural Internet, Broadband, Wireless and Cellular Service.
Norman graduated from the University of Baltimore in 1976 with a history degree and graduated from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 1980. He was admitted to the bar a year later.
When running for State Senator, Norman said that, as a Delegate, he had been able to work well in the Democrat-dominated legislature. He said that his time in the state legislature had shown his commitment to being a conservative, pro-business legislator.
Norman said he has been against the state government’s move to make the counties cover increasingly larger portions of the teacher pensions.
“I think I have a good grasp of the issues,” Norman told the “Cecil Guardian.”
Senator Norman was proud of his commitment to always be a straight-shooter.
“I say what I mean. I do what I say I am going to do,” Norman said.
Officials from throughout the state voiced their shock and sadness in hearing of the loss of Senator Norman, with many flags ordered to fly at half-staff in his honor.