Montgomery County state Sen. Richard Madaleno is running for governor.
The lawmaker, currently the vice chairman of the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee in Annapolis, kicked off his campaign with a news conference at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville.
While a vocal critic of Gov. Larry Hogan on education funding and other budget issues, Madaleno is best known as the sponsor of the Marriage Equality Act, which legalized same sex marriage in Maryland. The measure was passed by lawmakers and then approved by voters in 2012.
Madaleno told WBAL NewsRadio 1090 that he is trying to make history in a number of ways in his run for governor.
Madaleno says he is seeking to become the first openly gay governor in the nation, along with the first Italian American Governor of Maryland, and the first sitting legislator to be elected as governor in more than 100 years.