One day before the 2019 session ended, Maryland lost a rare leader and good friend, Speaker Michael Busch. He was UULM-MD's first-ever Lawmaker of the Year, so named in December 2006. According to UULM-MD Chair Steve Buckingham: "When we presented this award, I remember saying that he had already shown us all how a Speaker should lead." His tenure ushered in a new era of progressive legislation, including healthcare reform, climate change measures, death penalty repeal, LGBTQ rights, gun control, and many other significant laws enacted. Will will miss him greatly. Rest in Peace, Coach.