- Associated Press - Monday, March 23, 2015

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Republican Gov. Larry Hogan and members of Maryland’s heavily Democratic congressional delegation pledged Monday to work together to bring the FBI’s new headquarters to the state.

They held a news conference to emphasize that November’s election result will not affect the resolve of federal, state and local officials in Maryland to draw the facility to Prince George’s County, just outside of the nation’s capital.

“We have all committed to work together and to do everything we possibly can to ensure that Maryland is the ultimate choice for the FBI headquarters relocation,” Hogan said.

Maryland is competing with Virginia for the new complex, where about 11,000 people would be employed.

Seven of Maryland’s eight House seats are held by Democrats. Rep. Andy Harris is the only Republican. Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin are both Democrats.

Rep. Steny Hoyer, the No. 2 House Democrat in Washington, said Hogan has been engaged with the congressional delegation in this first 60 days in office.

“The purpose, really, of this press conference is to indicate we had an election, and the election changed the political leadership in our state from Democrat to Republican, but it didn’t change a single bit the unity of purpose that we have together,” Hoyer said.

Maryland has two potential locations for the headquarters, one in Greenbelt and the other in Landover, while Virginia has one.

Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker said the county is committed to doing all it can to bring the facility to Maryland.

“We’re all in for the FBI,” he said.

Cardin said the potential FBI move to Maryland is not dependent on a proposed light rail line in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. Supporters of the Purple Line say it is needed to alleviate traffic congestion in Maryland’s two counties adjacent to the nation’s capital.

“We have the locations that have the transit accessibility, so that’s not an issue, and it’s not dependent upon the Purple Line progress,” Cardin said.

The Purple Line had strong backing by former Gov. Martin O’Malley. It continues to have favor with Maryland Democrats. Hogan has included money in the budget for the proposal, but he has not made a final decision on whether to proceed.

Hoyer said studies on the FBI relocation continue. He said officials hope to make a decision by early next year.

Pete Rahn, the state’s transportation secretary, said officials have estimated a state investment of between $190 million and $210 million would be needed for transportation projects at the Landover site. He said the state does not yet have an estimate of state costs for the proposed Landover site.

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