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MyEasternShore.com: U.S. Route 50 bridge over the Kent Island Narrows dedicated to Clayton Mitchell

ANNAPOLIS – Gov. Larry Hogan on Friday honored Eastern Shore native and former Maryland Speaker of the House of Delegates R. Clayton Mitchell Jr. by dedicating the U.S. Route 50 bridge over the Kent Island Narrows to him. The governor was joined by Comptroller Peter Franchot, Maryland State Treasurer Nancy Kopp, Maryland Department of Transportation Deputy Secretary Jim Ports and Mitchell, along with his family, friends, former colleagues from the legislature, and numerous state and local officials.

“Clay Mitchell has devoted his life to public service for the State of Maryland and to serving the people of the Eastern Shore,” Hogan said. “During his 23 years in the legislature, Clay was a tireless advocate for modernized transportation. Like this bridge, Clay Mitchell’s incredible leadership will stand the test of time, and this dedication today will serve as a constant reminder to the people of Maryland of his countless contributions to our great state.”

Mitchell began his political career as a Kent County Commissioner in 1966. After serving one term, he was elected to the Maryland House of Delegates, representing Caroline, Cecil, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties for more than 20 years. He led the Kent County and Eastern Shore delegations, served as vice chairman of the Spending Affordability Committee and co-chairman of the Legislative Policy Committee.

“I thank the governor and the citizens of the great State of Maryland for bestowing this honor upon me. I accept this honor along with my family with humility," Mitchell said. "I especially thank the citizens of my legislative district, who provided me with the opportunity to represent them in Annapolis for over two decades. Without the steadfast support of friends and neighbors, none of this would be possible."

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