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Former Md. GOP gubernatorial candidate to serve as Mastriano’s chief of staff

By: - February 10, 2023 4:20 pm

State Sen. Doug Mastriano, R-Franklin, and Dan Cox (right) meet with Blue Light Law supporters on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2023 (Senator Doug Mastriano Facebook photo).

A former Maryland lawmaker has joined the staff of Pennsylvania state Sen. Doug Mastriano.

Dan Cox, a former Maryland delegate and failed Republican candidate for governor, will serve as chief of staff for the Franklin County lawmaker. 

Mastriano and Cox sought the governorship of their respective states and campaigned together in the lead-up to the 2022 general election. 

Mastriano lost to Democratic Gov. Josh Shapiro by nearly 15 points in the general election but remains in the Senate until the end of his term in 2024. Cox lost the race for Maryland governor to Democrat Wes Moore by 32 points.

Cox and Mastriano attended a ceremony in Pennsylvania earlier this week to commemorate the passage of SB 1123, which allows tow trucks to install flashing lights for greater protection, Maryland Matters previously reported.

Cox’s new role was first reported on Twitter Thursday by Politico reporter Holly Otterbein.

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Cassie Miller
Cassie Miller

A native Pennsylvanian, Cassie Miller worked for various publications across the Midstate before joining the team at the Pennsylvania Capital-Star. In her previous roles, she has covered everything from local sports to the financial services industry.