Maryland lawmaker to leave Annapolis for Afghanistan

WASHINGTON — A Maryland state senator, who serves the people of Montgomery County in Annapolis, will soon leave for Afghanistan to serve his country.

Sen. Will Smith of Silver Spring is a Democrat representing District 20 and a civil rights attorney. He is also an intelligence officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve, and has received orders from the Pentagon to deploy to Afghanistan.

Smith will be part of Operation Resolute Support, the NATO-led mission to train, advise and assist Afghan security forces.

He will report for duty March 29, before Maryland’s General Assembly session ends.

While Smith is deployed, his office will stay open and staff will continue working on matters that are important to constituents.

In a series of tweets about Smith, Gov. Larry Hogan wrote: “Our prayers and full support go to Senator Will Smith and his family as he readies for deployment to Afghanistan at the end of next month.”

Numerous other lawmakers took to social media to thank Smith for his service:

Rep. Anthony Brown:

Maryland Delegate Eric Luedtke:

Montgomery County Councilmember Gabe Albornoz:

Michelle Basch

Michelle Basch is a reporter turned morning anchor at WTOP News.

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