Larry Hogan

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Larry Hogan
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Governor of Maryland
In office
January 21, 2015-present
Term ends
Years in position 0
PredecessorMartin O'Malley (D)
Base salary$150,000
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sFlorida State University (1974) (Government and Political Science)
ProfessionBusiness owner
Office website
Campaign website
Larry Hogan campaign logo
Larry Hogan is the current Republican Governor of Maryland. He was first elected to the office on November 4, 2014.[1] His running mate on the combined Republican gubernatorial/lieutenant gubernatorial ticket was Boyd Rutherford. Hogan's campaign was focused on cutting taxes, reducing government waste and generating new jobs in Maryland. You can read more about his 2014 campaign positions in the campaign themes section linked here. Larry Hogan won the general election on November 4, 2014.

A major issue in the Maryland gubernatorial race was the presence of Super PACs, which are political committees that can receive and spend unlimited amounts of money. Hogan, who received public financing for his campaign, filed a complaint against his Democratic opponent, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, over alleged coordination with a Super PAC called "One State, One Future." Click here to read more about the complaint filed with the Maryland State Board of Elections.


Hogan is the founder and president of The Hogan Companies, which specialize in real estate brokerage, investment and development. He took a leave of absence from the private sector from 2003 to 2007 to serve in the cabinet of former Gov. Robert Ehrlich (R).

Hogan founded a nonprofit political group called Change Maryland in 2011, which advocates for conservative economic policies. He remains the chairman of Change Maryland, in addition to his role as director of the Maryland Public Policy Institute.[2][3]

Hogan attended Catholic schools through high school graduation. He went on to receive his bachelor's degree in government and political science from Florida State University in 1974.[4]


  • B.A. in government and political science - Florida State University (1974)

Political career

Governor of Maryland (2015-present)

Hogan was first elected to the governor's office on November 4, 2014. He was sworn into office on January 21, 2015, replacing Martin O'Malley (D).[5]



See also: Maryland Gubernatorial and Lieutenant Gubernatorial election, 2014

Hogan ran for Governor of Maryland in 2014. He won the Republican nomination in the primary on June 24, 2014, along with running mate Boyd Rutherford. Hogan ran to replace Martin O'Malley (D), who was ineligible to run for re-election due to term limits. Hogan and Rutherford took on the Democratic ticket of Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and Ken Ulman and the Libertarian Party ticket of Shawn Quinn and Lorenzo Gaztanaga.[1] The general election took place November 4, 2014.


Primary election
Governor of Maryland, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngLarry Hogan/Boyd Rutherford 43% 92,376
David Craig/Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio 29.1% 62,639
Charles Lollar/Ken Timmerman 15.5% 33,292
Ron George/Shelley Aloi 12.4% 26,628
Total Votes 214,935
Election Results via Maryland State Board of Elections.
General election
Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Maryland, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLarry Hogan/Boyd Rutherford 51.2% 884,400
     Democratic Anthony Brown/Ken Ulman 47.4% 818,890
     Libertarian Shawn Quinn/Lorenzo Gaztanaga 1.5% 25,382
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0% 303
Total Votes 1,728,975
Election Results via Maryland State Board of Elections.

Race background

Democratic nomination

Incumbent Martin O'Malley (D) was prevented by term limits from seeking a third consecutive term in office.

Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown officially launched his 2014 gubernatorial campaign on May 10, 2013. If he would have won, Brown would have been the first lieutenant governor (since the lieutenant governor's office was created in 1970) and first black candidate to be elected governor of Maryland.[6][7] O'Malley, with whom Brown shared winning tickets in both the 2006 and 2010 elections, supported Brown as his successor.[8] Brown's lieutenant gubernatorial running-mate is Howard County Executive Ken Ulman.[9] Immediately after formalizing their partnership for the 2014 campaign, the Brown-Ulman ticket received the endorsement of U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD). A number of Cumming's congressional colleagues announced their support soon thereafter, as well as influential branches of SEIU, a major labor union.[10][11][12]

On July 17, 2013, another potentially history-making candidate entered the Democratic primary field to give Brown some competition: Maryland House Delegate Heather Mizeur.[13] Mizeur would have been the first female Governor of Maryland, as well as the country's first openly gay governor, if she had won the general election.[14] Current state attorney general Doug Gansler also sought the Democratic nomination for governor in 2014. On Oct. 14, 2013, Gansler selected Prince George County Delegate Jolene Ivey as his lieutenant gubernatorial running-mate. Keeping with the trailblazer theme established earlier by Brown and Mizeur to entice more progressive-leaning voters, the Gansler-Ivey ticket also carried the promise of setting an historical record, statewide and national. After joining Gansler's campaign, Ivey stated, "I am proud to be the first African-American woman to run for lieutenant governor, and when we win, to be the first Democratic African-American woman to be lieutenant governor in our nation's history."[15] Both Gansler and Mizeur lost in the Democratic primary on June 24, 2014.

Republican nomination

The Republican ticket of Larry Hogan and Boyd Rutherford emerged from a field of four potential tickets after the June 24 primary. The winning ticket managed a 14-percent margin of victory over Harford County Executive David Craig and state Delegate Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio. Hogan and Rutherford were both former appointees of former Gov. Robert Ehrlich (R).[16]

Campaign issues

Change Maryland inquiry

Republican candidate Larry Hogan was the subject of a complaint to the Maryland State Board of Elections, related to potential assistance of the candidate by Change Maryland. The political communications group, which was created by Hogan in 2011, had been accused of conducting polls and providing resources during Hogan's exploration of a gubernatorial bid. The complaint was filed by David Craig and Ron George, who were defeated by Hogan in the Republican primary on June 24, 2014. The state board dismissed the complaint in July, determining that Hogan likely received assistance from Change Maryland but the board lacked oversight over candidates prior to official filings.[17]

The Maryland Democratic Party filed a new claim regarding Hogan's relationship with Change Maryland on July 24. This complaint alleged that the poll referenced in the earlier complaint cost $10,000, which represented an illegal in-kind contribution to Hogan. Hogan's campaign spokesman, Adam Dubitsky, countered that the Democratic complaint was an effort to distract from changing political fortunes for the party's candidate, Lt. Governor Anthony Brown.[18]

Super PAC accusations

The Maryland State Board of Elections received a complaint from Hogan on September 4, alleging coordination between Brown's campaign and a political action committee (PAC) called "One State, One Future." Hogan's filing cited a conflict of interest for Brown consultant Colleen Martin-Lauer, who also consulted with the union-funded PAC. The complaint also pointed to Susan Smith-Bauk, a consultant to lieutenant gubernatorial candidate Ken Ulman who also worked with "One State, One Future." Hogan's campaign manager, Steve Crim, argued at the time of filing that both consultants could not avoid coordination between their different employers based on the nature of their work.[19]

The state board issued guidelines in January 2014 that prohibited communication between Super PACs, which could collect unlimited funds for the purpose of advocating a political position or candidates, and political campaigns. These guidelines prevent coordination over "advertising, messaging, strategy, polling, research, or allocation of resources." Hogan's complaint claimed that the Martin-Lauer example was a "blatant example of illegal coordination" because of overlapping interests in fundraising for the campaign and the Super PAC.[19]

Campaign finance

Hogan reported three times more cash on hand than Brown in the campaign finance reporting period ending on August 19, 2014. Hogan had $2.4 million in cash on hand, compared to $760,000 for the Brown campaign. The disparity was due to Hogan's commitment to a publicly financed campaign, which meant a single payment of $2.6 million from the state's dedicated campaign finance fund. Hogan could not raise additional money in the campaign, while Brown was capable of raising additional funds by not committing to public financing. Brown reported $1.5 million in contributions from June 9 through August 19.[20]

National figures in the race

As poll results between Brown and Hogan narrowed in October, national political figures toured the state to influence the outcome of the gubernatorial race. President Barack Obama, former President Bill Clinton and former Sen. Hillary Clinton made appearances supporting Brown's campaign. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie appeared at three campaign events for Hogan through late October.[21]

Outside groups also spent lavishly on ads during the general election campaign. The Democratic Governors Association and the Republican Governors Association invested $1.5 million on TV ads through late October. Michael Bloomberg's Independence USA PAC committed $500,000 to criticize Hogan's endorsement by the National Rifle Association (NRA).[21]


October 18 debate

Anthony Brown (D) and Larry Hogan (R) clashed over education, economic policy and fracking during a debate on Maryland Public Television. Brown advocated for expanding pre-K schooling as a solution to academic performance issues. Hogan countered that the key to Maryland's education future is the expansion of charter schools. Hogan, the owner of a real estate company, criticized Brown and current Gov. Martin O'Malley for "crushing small businesses" over the past eight years. Brown countered that he would work toward tax relief for small businesses if elected governor.[22]

The issue of fracking in western Maryland showed clear divisions between the two candidates. Hogan was enthusiastic in his support for natural gas extraction in the state, citing "an enormous gold mine" of energy resources that could boost the state's economic prospects. Brown touted the current administration's focus on gathering safety and environmental reports about fracking in the state to avoid long-term impacts on nearby communities.[22]


General election
All candidates

General election match-ups
Poll Anthony Brown (D) Larry Hogan (R)Shawn Quinn (L)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
OnMessage Inc.
(August 18-19, 2014)
Gonzales Research and Associates
(September 16-23, 2014)
Washington Post/University of Maryland
(October 2-5, 2014)
Gonzales Research & Marketing
(October 20-24, 2014)
AVERAGES 46.25% 41.75% 2.75% 9.25% +/-4.1 783
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to

Major-party candidates

General election: Brown v. Hogan
Poll Anthony Brown Larry HoganUndecided/OtherMargin of ErrorSample Size
WPA Research
(October 19-20, 2014)
New York Times/CBS News/YouGov
(October 16-23, 2014)
WPA Research
(October 26-27, 2014)
AVERAGES 44% 41% 13.33% +/-4.6 696.67
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to

Primary and hypothetical match-ups

Primary trial heats for 2014 gubernatorial race
Poll Anthony Brown Doug GanslerHeather MizeurUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Brown-Ulman Internal Poll conducted by Garin-Hart-Yang
(September 11-15, 2013)
Gonzales Research/Marketing Strategies Poll
(October 1-14, 2013)
Baltimore Sun Poll
(February 8-12, 2014)
Washington Post Poll
(February 13-16, 2014)
The Maryland Poll
(April 10-13, 2014)
WPA Opinion Research
(May 6-7,2014)
AVERAGES 35.33% 17% 7.33% 39.5% +/-1.86 644.5
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Primary trial heats for 2014 gubernatorial race
Poll Anthony Brown Doug GanslerPeter FranchotKen UlmanNot sureMargin of ErrorSample Size
Garin-Heart-Young Poll
(September 13-14, 2012)
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Primary trial heats for 2014 gubernatorial race
Poll Anthony Brown Doug GanslerKen UlmanNot sureMargin of ErrorSample Size
Garin-Heart-Young Poll
(September 13-14, 2012)
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Primary trial heats for 2014 gubernatorial race
Poll Anthony Brown Doug GanslerNot sureMargin of ErrorSample Size
Garin-Heart-Young Poll
(September 13-14, 2012)
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Hypothetical Match-up Brown vs. Hogan
Poll Anthony Brown Larry HoganNot sureMargin of ErrorSample Size
WPA Opinion Research
(May 6-7,2014)
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Campaign media

Larry Hogan ad: Weak Leadership

Larry Hogan ad: Jaymi

Larry Hogan ad: Deserve Better


Hogan received the endorsement of state delegate John Wood, Jr. (D) ahead of the general election.[23]

Campaign themes

Hogan's campaign website listed the following themes for the 2014 race:

As Governor, Larry Hogan will:

Cut over $1,75 billion in waste, fraud, and abuse from state government

Our recent analysis of state and federal audits shows specific examples of waste, fraud, and abuse in state government that the current administration has refused to act on. These examples include the use of government credit cards on luxury items, personal use of state-owned vehicles, lack of fraud control in state agencies, widespread mismanagement, and more. The Hogan-Rutherford administration will implement the recommendations of past audits, conduct additional audits of every state agency, and immediately get to work eliminating duplication, fraud, and waste to make sure that every cent of taxpayer money is spent efficiently.

Roll back taxes without cutting government priorities

The $1.75 billion in waste and abuse that we have identified is unfortunately just the top of the iceberg. It is unconscionable that despite this excess money thrown around in state agencies, Maryland continues to operate on a $400 million structural deficit. By cutting the waste and abuse from state government, Larry Hogan will be able to save the taxpayers billions of dollars without having to cut priority programs and agencies, which will enable him to cut and eliminate the regressive taxes that have crushed middle class families and small businesses.

Change Maryland's reputation as a state that is unfriendly to job creators

Maryland's unemployment rate is about 75% higher today than it was when the recession began. In fact, the nonpartisan Tax Foundation ranked Maryland #41 in the nation for business climate. The main reason for this unfortunate reality is that it costs too much for job creators to stay in or come to Maryland. Larry Hogan will reduce the burden on job creators, open Maryland for business, and make our state more competitive with others in our region. In addition, the Hogan-Rutherford administration will overhaul the Department of Business and Economic Development to focus on aggressively attracting and retaining job creators in order to bring more and better-paying jobs to Maryland.[24]

—Larry Hogan's campaign website, (2014) [25]


Hogan and his wife, Yumi, have three children and reside in Edgewater, Maryland.[2]

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  1. 1.0 1.1, "Field for 2014 Maryland governor expands," May 28, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 Hogan for Governor, "Meet Larry," accessed September 3, 2014
  3. Change Maryland, "Meet our Chairman," accessed September 10, 2014
  4. Maryland Manual On-Line, "LAWRENCE J. HOGAN, JR. Secretary of Appointments, Office of Governor, 2003-07," accessed January 28, 2015
  5. Baltimore Sun, "'Just' a small businessman, Hogan bringing a new style to State House," January 20, 2015
  6. WBAL Radio, "Brown Kicks Off Bid for Governor Today," May 10, 2013
  7. The Washington Post, "Steele Running Against History," August 7, 2005
  8. Washington Blade, "Exclusive: Mizeur eyeing run for Maryland governor," November 14, 2012
  9. The Washington Post, "New candidates to step forward Monday in Maryland’s race for governor," June 2, 2013
  10. Brown-Ulman 2014 Official campaign website, "News: 'SEIU Maryland-DC State Council Endorses Anthony Brown and Ken Ulman,'" September 30, 2013
  11. The Washington Post, "Mikulski says she's 'ready to get into it' to help elect Anthony Brown as governor," September 22, 2013
  12. The Washington Post, Hoyer to announce support of Brown in Maryland 2014 race for governor, July 17, 2013
  13. The Huffington Post, Heather Mizeur Running For Governor Of Maryland , July 17, 2013
  14. SoMdNews, "Mizeur makes gubernatorial bid official," July 17, 2013
  15., "Gansler announces runningmate," October 14, 2013
  16. Hogan for Governor, "Meet Boyd," accessed September 8, 2014
  17. The Washington Post, "Md. elections board says group benefited GOP’s Hogan but tosses rivals’ complaint," July 10, 2014
  18. The Washington Post, "Md. Democratic Party files complaint targeting GOP candidate Larry Hogan," July 24, 2014
  19. 19.0 19.1 The Washington Post, "Larry Hogan accuses Brown’s campaign of illegally coordinating with a Super PAC," September 8, 2014
  20. Herald-Mail Media, " Public funding gives Hogan lead in campaign money," August 27, 2014
  21. 21.0 21.1 The Baltimore Sun, "Maryland's governor race sparks national interest," October 27, 2014
  22. 22.0 22.1 The Washington Post, "Candidates’ frustrations on display in final Md. gubernatorial debate," October 18, 2014
  23., "Del. Wood endorses Larry Hogan for governor," August 28, 2014
  24. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  25. Hogan for Governor, "Vision," accessed September 3, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Martin O'Malley (D)
Maryland Governor
January 21, 2015 - present
Succeeded by