James E. Proctor Jr., Maryland delegate for 25 years, dies

James_E._Proctor,_Jr._(2007)Delegate James E. Proctor Jr. a Democrat, represented Prince George’s and Charles counties.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Del. James E. Proctor Jr., who has represented Prince George’s and Charles counties for 25 years, has died, state officials announced recently.

The governor, Senate President and House Speaker issued statements of condolence on Thursday last week on September 10th, 2015, but they did not say when or where Proctor, who was 79, died. Information on funeral arrangements was also not immediately available.

According to the Maryland Manual, Proctor, a Democrat, served in the U.S. Air Force in the 1960s, and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from then-Bowie State College.

Proctor was appointed to the House of Delegates to succeed William McCaffrey, who retired in 1990. He was vice chairman of the House Appropriations Committee and was a member of the Maryland Legislative Black Caucus. Prior to becoming a delegate, Proctor was a School administrator in Prince George’s County Public Schools for a long time.

Gov. Larry Hogan ordered Maryland flags to fly at half-staff to honor Proctor.

The county’s Democratic Central Committee is responsible for recommending a successor to Gov. Larry Hogan within 30 days. Committee Chair Cheryl Landis says the committee plans to hold a hearing in October for all candidates interested in filling Proctor’s position and the seat vacated by Del. William Campos.

Each candidate must submit a résumé and will have a few minutes to present a case to the committee. The 24 members will then vote and send Gov. Larry Hogan a name for each vacant seat.

The same process will take place in Charles County, a portion of which Proctor also represented in the State House. Both county bodies will have to agree on a candidate to replace Proctor.

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