- The Washington Times - Saturday, January 4, 2003

ANNAPOLIS (AP) Gov.-elect Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. yesterday named longtime friend and congressional aide R. Karl Aumann to serve as his secretary of state.

Mr. Aumann, 42, is a lawyer from Timonium who has worked as Mr. Ehrlich's chief administrator and as director of Baltimore-area district offices during the Republican governor-elect's four terms in Congress.

Mr. Aumann's wife, Susan, was elected in November to the House of Delegates, representing Baltimore County.

"Karl Aumann's record is one of experience, competence and outstanding public service," Mr. Ehrlich said in a statement. "I have known him personally and professionally for more than 20 years. He is dedicated to fulfilling the important responsibilities of secretary of state."

The secretary of state, who must be confirmed by the state Senate, manages a variety of responsibilities, including registering charities, administering prisoner extraditions and pardons, and publishing the state's regulatory code.

The secretary of state also serves as chairman of the Governor's Subcabinet on International Affairs, helping to strengthen Maryland's place in the global marketplace.

If confirmed, Mr. Aumann would replace John T. Willis, a historian and expert on Maryland elections who lost a Democratic primary challenge to Comptroller William Donald Schaefer in September.

As secretary of state, Mr. Willis attracted the most attention for his role in overseeing Mr. Glendening's legislative redistricting proposals, which were overturned by the state Court of Appeals.

Mr. Ehrlich is expected to announce more Cabinet-level nominations Monday.

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