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Best Politician, Getting the Job Done
Published: September 22, 2010
State Sen. Catherine Pugh (D-40th District) is coasting to uncontested re-election this campaign season, and it’s understandable that no one chose to mount a challenge. Though only a freshman senator, she’s accomplished much in one term—which is hard to do, since freshmen legislators tend to get no respect. The respect she’s gotten was aided by her appointment in 2008 as deputy majority whip, helping to control the Democrats’ procedural advantage in ushering legislation through for the governor’s signature, and no wonder. She came out with a bang in the 2007 session, lead-sponsoring a bundle of passed policy bills involving drug abuse, education, and transit issues, among others, and her record of success only improved with each passing session. For a legislator, that’s the definition of getting the job done.