November 18, 2020: Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has announced that he has named Chris Shank as Director of External Affairs and Interagency Initiatives. Shank, returning to the administration from the private sector, represented Washington County in the Maryland General Assembly from 1998-2014. In 2015, Shank first joined the Hogan administration as the Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention. In 2016, he became a Deputy Chief of Staff overseeing the Health, Human Services, and Education portfolio and chaired the Justice Reinvestment Coordinating Council. In 2016, Governor Hogan appointed Shank as his Chief Legislative Officer, a position he held until 2019.