A history teacher early in his career, Mike Busch was encouraged to run for office by the parents of children he taught and coached in local sports. A Democrat, he was first elected to the Maryland House of Delegates in 1986.
Mike served as chairman of the Economic Matters Committee before being unanimously elected by his Democratic and Republican colleagues in 2003 to serve as Speaker of the House, a position he has held ever since. In this vital leadership role, Mike presides over the House of Delegates during the legislative session and works closely with the Governor and members of the state Senate on a wide array of issues facing Maryland, including education funding, job creation, public safety and environmental policy.
Mike is known for his even-handed leadership and his willingness to tackle complex issues, especially in the areas of consumer protection, education and economic development. In the area of healthcare, Mike has fought to keep the state's largest health insurer from being acquired by an out-of-state corporation and led the effort to address the rising cost of medical malpractice insurance premiums that helped keep doctors practicing medicine in Maryland.
Mike is a native Marylander, born in Baltimore City on January 4, 1947. His family moved to Anne Arundel County in 1958, and he graduated from St. Mary's High School in Annapolis.
Once aggressively recruited as a top prospect for the National Football League, Mike suffered a knee injury in 1968 that ended his football career. He graduated from Temple University in 1970 with a Bachelor of Science in history.
After college, he returned to Annapolis to teach and coach at St. Mary's High School from 1973 through 1979. He remains active in youth and community athletics. Since 1980, he has worked at the Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks.
Mike has been appointed to serve on a number of local boards, including the Royal Blue Club of St. Mary’s High School, the Annapolis High School Booster Club, Charles Carroll House, the Banneker Douglass Foundation and the Annapolis Touchdown Club. He's an avid golfer and, along with his family, enjoys attending concerts, plays and professional sporting events.
Mike is married to Cynthia Abbott Busch and they have two daughters, Erin and Megan. The family resides in Annapolis.