MARYLAND SEMIQUINCENTENNIAL COMMISSION

Nina J. Easton, Chair (chosen by Governor)
Isiah (Ike) Leggett, Vice-Chair (chosen by Governor)


[photo, 301 West Preston St., Baltimore, Maryland] Appointed by Governor: Lindsey M. Baker; Jack E. Broderick; Kris A. Hoellen; Reggie J. Turner.

Appointed by Senate President: two vacancies

Appointed by House Speaker: two vacancies

Appointed by Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Maryland: Joseph M. Getty

301 West Preston St., Baltimore, Maryland, October 2019. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.


Ex officio: Susan C. Lee, Secretary of State; Paul Webb, designee of Secretary of Budget & Management; Thomas B. Riford, designee of Secretary of Commerce; Luis A Luna, designee of Secretary of General Services; Joshua E. Kurtz, Secretary of Natural Resources; Rebecca L. Flora, Secretary of Planning; Denise G. Nooe, designee of Secretary of Veterans Affairs; Bruce A. Lesh, designee of State Superintendent of Schools; Patrick J. Lally, designee of Executive Director, Governor's Office of Community Initiatives; Elaine Rice Bachmann, State Archivist; Elizabeth A. Hughes, State Historic Preservation Officer; Steven X. Lee, designee of Chair, Commission on African-American History & Culture; E. Keith Colston, designee of Chair, Commission on Indian Affairs; Judith A. Emmel, designee of Chair, Maryland Commission for Women; Ronald E. (Pete) Lesher, Jr., designee of Executive Director, Maryland Association of Counties; Angelica Bailey, designee of Executive Director, Maryland Municipal League.

Michele W. Johnson, Director

c/o Office of Secretary
Department of Planning
301 West Preston St., Baltimore, MD 21201 - 2365
(410) 697-9590
e-mail: michele.johnson1@maryland.gov


Action Plan to Governor & General Assembly due Dec. 31, 2021 (Executive Order 01.01.2021.03).

Annual Report to Governor & General Assembly due Dec. 31 (Executive Order 01.01.2021.03).


In January 2021, the Governor created the Maryland Semiquincentennial Commission to plan Maryland's celebration of the 250th anniversary of the founding of the U.S. which will occur July 4, 2026 (Executive Order 01.01.2021.03).

The Commission was charged with coordinating its plans with the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission, and other such commissions in other states or counties, as well as private organizations. For Maryland, the Commission was to develop and carry out various educational, commemorative and celebratory events.

Upon creation of the Maryland 250 Commission, authorization for the Maryland Semiquincentennial Commission was revoked by the Governor on July 3, 2023 (Executive Order 01.01.2023.10).

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