Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) is about to lose a top aide who has been instrumental in many hard-fought legislative victories over the past six years, including recent bills to legalize same-sex marriage and expand the state’s gambling program.
Joseph C. Bryce, O’Malley’s chief legislative officer, plans to announce Friday that he is leaving the administration to join one of the top lobbying firms in Annapolis, Manis Canning & Associates.
“Joe knows the legislative process and has the kind of connections to people that make or break legislation,” said Senate Finance Chairman Thomas M. Middleton (D-Charles). “He’s been an invaluable asset to the O’Malley team.”
Bryce, 44, said in an interview that he’s enjoyed his time with O’Malley but was ready for a new phase of his career.
“Working for a governor gives you a lot of opportunities to work on big, meaningful things,” Bryce said. “But this is the right time for me personally to make a change.”