Del. Justin Ross (D-Prince George's) is retiring, according to a statement from county officials.
County Executive Rushern Baker's office announced the decision by the 22nd district representative on Thursday, calling it "a loss for Prince George's County."
Ross was elected in 2002 and has served as a delegate and Deputy Whip in the general assembly.
"His energy and passion for Prince George’s County impressed anybody he met in the county or around the state and region," Baker said. "I will miss having his voice in Annapolis and wish him all the best in his future endeavors. I know that he will remain an active and engaged leader in our county and throughout our communities.”
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley called Ross a "tireless advocate for Prince George's County."
"He fought so that every child can have a quality education," O'Malley said in a statement. "Justin’s leadership helped us pass marriage equality in Maryland, and his commitment to creating a better future for everyone will have a lasting impact in our State. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”