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E.J. Pipkin Re-Elected Senate Minority Leader

Maryland State Sen. E.J. Pipkin thanked his colleagues in a post on his Facebook page Tuesday.

Cecil County State Sen. E.J. Pipkin will serve as the Maryland Senate minority leader for a second term, he announced Tuesday.

Pipkin, a Republican, posted the news on his personal Facebook page, writing: "Thanks to the Maryland Senate Republicans for reelecting me as the Maryland Senate Minority Leader!"

Pipkin, 56, was first elected in 2002, representing the 36th district—including Caroline, Cecil, Kent and Queen Anne's counties.

He was elected minority leader in 2011.

The Elkton resident has been a staunch defender of the Eastern Shore and an advocate against what he has calls "a war on rural Maryland."

He made statewide news last year, when he claimed the special session violated the Maryland Constitution.

“The state is bleeding jobs at a rate of tens of thousands on a monthly basis, and the best the Governor O’Malley can muster is, 'If you give me another casino, I can get you 3,000 jobs in a few years' " Pipkin said in a statement at the time. "How is that relief?"

He's also been an outspoken advocate of more environmental regulation at the Conowingo Dam.

In 2011, he was one of several elected officials who spoke out against toll increases around the state.

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