At a special session held on May 1, 2019, the Maryland House of Delegates elected Adrienne Jones (D-Dist. 10) as Speaker to fill the vacancy created by the April 7 death of Michael Busch. She was then sworn in as the 107th Speaker in Maryland history and is the first woman and first African-American to hold the post. 

Delegate Jones was first elected to the Maryland House of Delegates in 1998, but was first appointed in October 1997 to fill a vacancy.  Since 2003, she served as Speaker Pro Tem which coincided with the entire 16 years that that Mr. Busch was Speaker. Throughout her tenure in the General Assembly, she has been a strong and effective advocate, especially on education issues. In 2019 alone, five of the six bills that she introduced as primary sponsor were passed by the General Assembly.

Speaker Jones is a native of Cowdensville, Maryland, a graduate of UMBC, and received an Honorary Doctor of Law Degree from Goucher College. She has earned numerous awards, including the Maryland Women for Responsive Government Award of Excellence, Baltimore City NAACP Trailblazer's Award, and the Governing Magazine Women in Government Leadership Class of 2016.

The UU Legislative Ministry of Maryland is thrilled by her election and wishes her the best in her new position.