Liz Bobo Won't Return to General Assembly

The state delegate says her grandson, Zach Lederer, played a role in her decision.

Elizabeth Bobo will not be seeking another term in the Maryland General Assembly.

Bobo, who has represented District 12b since 1994, wrote in her legislative update to constituents that her grandson, Zach Lederer, played a role in her decision not to seek reelection in 2014.

The way our grandson, Zach, is living his life with such joy, courage, generosity and gratitude in the face of brain cancer has had a profound impact on me.  This has led me to take a close look at how I want to live the remainder of my own life, and I now know that after two more years in the Maryland Legislature, my work in public office will be finished.

Lederer, a freshman at the University of Maryland, was diagnosed with brain cancer when he was 11. Lederer has shared his story nationally and has tried to be an inspiration to others, particularly children, living with cancer. 

His story took off after a picture of him striking a strongman pose in a hospital gown went viral and "" became an Internet meme.

Bobo wrote in her update that she is “deeply grateful” for the opportunity to serve her constituents, which she has been doing for the past 35 years, during which time she has served as the Howard County executive and as a member of the Howard County Council.

“Looking back over the past 35 years in public office, I have many treasured memories, some disappointments, and no regrets,” she wrote. “I value and cherish every day, week, month, and year, at both the local and state level of government. Your support and trust have been invaluable to me.” 

Bobo will continue to serve as a state delegate until 2014. In the meantime, she wrote, she and her husband are taking a trip in mid-September to Finland, Estonia, Latvia and St. Petersburg, Russia, returning in time for her annual picnic, Sept. 23.

“I look forward to the next two years, during which I will continue to serve as the Delegate from Maryland legislative district 12B in Howard County with as much energy, commitment, and determination as ever,” she wrote.

“Democracy is very fragile, and we must tend it lovingly and carefully.  Along with you, I will continue to have that as a very high priority in my life.”

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Linda Hayes August 31, 2012 at 01:32 PM
Though I very much understand Liz's life decision, our future political world just won't be the same without her dedication and fire. We're grateful for her service over the last 35 years -- and for the next two -- and wish her, and Zach, all the joy life offers. Linda Hayes
MG42 August 31, 2012 at 04:21 PM
35 years is entirely to long to spend in public "service". Bobo was controversial, even among Dems in a mindlessly partisan place like Columbia. I wish her no ill but I am happy to see her go.
Patrick H. August 31, 2012 at 07:35 PM
Dear H.R. Pufnstuf. I know I am new to this area that your comment, whether true or not, could have been posted somewhere else. Regardless of my personal or political beliefs I want to wish Bobo all the happiness in the world, a heartfelt thanks for her representation of her constituents as she saw fit to represent them, and all the best wishes for Zach. GOD BLESS US EVERYONE.
Ralphie September 01, 2012 at 01:41 AM
35 years. Way too long. Maryland desperately needs term limits. She is a representative, not the Queen. But don't get your hopes up. I'm sure she will be replaced by some hack who serves on her staff.
Kenneth A. Stevens September 02, 2012 at 11:56 AM
The Bobo staff members I've met are or seem to be quite competent and do not deserve to be called hacks by someone who doesn't reveal his last name.
Anne Brown September 10, 2012 at 09:32 PM
Wow! What example setting for the children who will be our future...think before you type Ralphie & HR.
MG42 September 10, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Yes, Anne, children should not question government officials. Smart point!


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