Senator Ariana Kelly Announces Departure from Senate

A 13-year veteran of the Maryland General Assembly is leaving her post in May after just one year in the Maryland Senate.

Sen. Ariana B. Kelly (D-Montgomery) announced Wednesday night that she will leave the Senate to become the executive director of the Maryland Commission for Women, beginning on May 6.

“I’m really happy. I learned so much. I love the Senate but this is the opportunity of a lifetime for me,” Kelly said in an interview Thursday morning. “I’ve spent my whole career focused — even before I was in elected office — on advocacy around the issues important to women, children and families. The idea of being able to do that work full time in the Moore-Miller administration was a dream come true.”

Kelly, who announced her departure in a message posted online Wednesday night,  said the commission’s focus is on issues for which she is passionate. News of her departure was first reported by MoCo360.