Ehrlich picks new secretary of state

predecessor joins Md. commission

Appointment of Kane requires Senate's OK

she replaces Aumann

August 03, 2005|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. named Mary D. Kane secretary of state yesterday, replacing R. Karl Aumann, who took a seat on the Workers' Compensation Commission.

Kane had served as Aumann's deputy and chief legal counsel since 2003, and she was widely expected to be elevated to the post. Her appointment requires confirmation by the state Senate.

Ehrlich swore Aumann and Kane into their new positions at a noontime ceremony yesterday, praising them for their service.

The secretary of state is responsible for overseeing and registering charitable organizations; administering the Maryland Charity Campaign; and recording executive orders and registrations for condominiums, notaries public and trademarks.

The secretary also administers the state's international sister cities program and other foreign affairs.

Kane and Aumann come from families with long ties to the Ehrlich administration. Aumann, whose wife, Susan L.M. Aumann, is a state delegate from Towson, met Ehrlich in a Republican group in the 1980s and served on his staff when the governor was a congressman.

Kane is the wife of Maryland Republican Party Chairman John Kane.

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