Lawrence Hogan, Sr., a former Maryland Congressman and the father of Gov. Larry Hogan, died on Thursday at the age of 88 years, the Governor’s spokesman said.
Hogan suffered a severe stroke on Saturday and his condition later took a turn for the worse, Doug Mayer, a spokesman for the Governor said on Thursday, as the younger Hogan, his dates are said to be with his father.
“He had a fantastic life over 88 years. He leaves behind a loving family, countless friends and admirers and a legacy that will not be forgotten,” said Governor Hogan said in a statement published on Facebook.
The elder Hogan served three terms in the U.S. house of representatives from 1969 to 1975. He represented Maryland’s 5th congressional district, the Prince George and Charles counties in the vicinity of Washington. In 1974, Hogan, the only Republican on the House Judiciary Committee to support all three articles of impeachment against President Richard Nixon.
“y loyalty and personal affection and ranking of the past must, I think, before the referee of the men’s action-the law itself,” said Hogan at the time. “No man, not even the President of the United States, is above the law. For our judiciary and our system of government, in order to survive, we must have our Supreme loyalty, the strength of the law and not to the General weakness of the men’s pledge.”
In the 2016 presidential election, his son said, he would not be disappointed in the support of his party as a candidate, Donald Trump, and was, in the two major party candidates. As a result, said Mayer, the Republican Governor wrote the name of his father, which he described as the person who taught him what it meant, to hold public office with integrity.
A former FBI agent, the older Hogan made an unsuccessful run for the Republican nomination for Governor in 1974, in an effort to challenge then-Gov. Marvin Mandel, a Democrat. Hogan primary, was defeated in the GOP by Louise Gore.
Hogan served as a Prince George’s County executive from 1978 to 1982, and was spending a record of cutting growth in the County, and taxes. He is the youngest Republican to hold the post. His son, the future Governor, worked for his father when he was county executive.
The elder Hogan ran for the U.S. Senate in 1982 and was defeated by first-term Democratic sen. Paul Sarbanes.
Hogan had been living in the Frederick area.
His first marriage ended in divorce in 1972. Hogan is survived by his second wife, Ilona, and his five sons. His daughter, Theresa Lazarus, died in the last year.
His son, Larry Hogan, Governor of Maryland in 2015. Another son, Patrick Hogan, served as a Republican delegate in Frederick County.