Michael J. Wagner, who served in the Maryland Senate and was a Glen Burnie business owner, died of cancer early Thursday at Baltimore Washington Medical Center in Glen Burnie. The Ferndale resident was 72.
"He worked hard for the people he represented," said former Anne Arundel County Executive Robert R. Neall, who also served in the Senate. "He was effective as a legislator and was good at it."
Mr. Neall described Mr. Wagner as "a big part of our county's political history for a couple of decades."
Born in Baltimore and raised in Anne Arundel County, Mr. Wagner attended Glen Burnie High School and later earned a General Educational Development certificate. He received an associate's degree at the University of Baltimore.
As a young man, Mr. Wagner drove a truck for his parents' business, Harry and May Wagner's Poultry and Eggs. He and family members took the business, H & M Wagner & Sons, and enlarged it to include food service and restaurant supplies. He also owned Michael's Eighth Avenue, a catering business known for bull and oyster roasts, weddings and banquets.