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Posted on: September 20, 2022

STATEMENT - COUNCIL MOURNS PASSING OF FORMER STATE SENATOR AND COUNCIL CHAIR DAVID C. HARRINGTON

The profound loss of the Honorable David C. Harrington is deeply felt by this legislative body, the residents and communities we represent, as well as Council Administration and the Legislative Branch staff.    

Foremost in our thoughts and prayers for peace and comfort, are David’s beloved wife, Cheryl, and their family, especially sons Stephen and Christopher, daughters-in-law, and grandchildren, as they embrace this profoundly personal and heartbreaking loss.  Our hearts have been drawn toward them and will remain with them.  

A devoted public servant, David was a true statesman, policymaker, selfless community builder, and fierce advocate for improving the Quality of Life for Prince Georgians and Marylanders.  He began his public life as Mayor of Bladensburg and was appointed to leadership positions on countless County Boards and Commissions.  

As a Council Member, David committed to his “Community First” agenda, tirelessly working to create a cleaner environment, attract local businesses, support community policing, and build neighborhood schools for the communities of District 5 and throughout Prince George’s County.

Also, in our thoughts and prayers is the entire Maryland Legislature, especially members of the Maryland State Senate, as they recall the distinguished service of a respected colleague, former State Senator David C. Harrington.

David’s legacy of leadership included municipal, local, and state government service, and critical work in the private sector and nonprofit community.   Most recently, he joined Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic Region as its Senior Director of Community Relations and Stakeholder Development, after completing a long and successful tenure as President and CEO of the Prince George’s County Chamber of Commerce.

It has been said that “the measure of a life is in its donation.”  A servant leader and ordained minister, David Harrington made an enduring investment in the lives of Prince Georgians.  As we remember, we are grateful for a job well done.   

“Now Lord, You are releasing Your bond-servant to depart in peace, according to Your Word.”  Luke 2:29 (KJV) 

May David’s memory continue to be a blessing to us all.

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