Change Maryland Founder and Chairman Larry Hogan, is a successful businessman and former Maryland Cabinet Secretary, and a long-time leader in the state, who has spent decades in various capacities, working to change Maryland for the better.
Hogan is the Founder, President and CEO of The Hogan Companies, a leader in economic development for 25 years, which has been responsible for bringing hundreds of businesses and thousands of jobs to Maryland. He clearly understands how government policy can have an impact on business growth and job creation.
Hogan understands state Government. He took a leave from his company, to serve in the State Cabinet from 2003 to 2007. During this time he was involved in the appointment of over 7,000 people to all three branches of state government, including other cabinet members, regulators, and administrators, in every agency of the executive branch, as well as judges at every level, all across the state, and numerous legislators to both the House and the Senate.
Hogan is also currently serving as a Director of the Maryland Public Policy Institute, a respected economic think tank, and he is knowledgeable on tax, budget and fiscal policy. He has been a leader in citizen movements and successful petition drives to reform local government and to limit taxes, and he has been active in the leadership of numerous business and civic, and community organizations.
Although he has spent nearly his entire career as a businessman in the private sector, Larry Hogan is no stranger to politics. Maryland’s most powerful Democrat Steny Hoyer called Hogan the toughest opponent he ever faced in his entire career. In 2010 Hogan was considered the presumed Republican nominee for Governor of Maryland, until former Gov. Bob Ehrlich decided to enter the race.
Although he has not expressed any interest in running, there is regular speculation in the media of Hogan as a leading potential candidate for Governor in 2014. Former Gov. Bob Ehrlich has even called Hogan “the only Republican in the state with a chance to win.”