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Gov. Wes Moore, Maryland’s First Black Governor, Celebrates 45th Birthday

Maryland Gov. Wes Moore, an accomplished leader who holds the distinction of being the state’s first Black governor, celebrated his 45th birthday on Oct. 15, according to Afro.com.

To mark his 45th year, Moore used Baltimore’s iconic Hippodrome Theater as the venue for his birthday celebration. The gathering featured live performances by distinguished rap artists LL Cool J, MC Lyte and D-Nice, an unforgettable event that brought together music, culture, and celebration.

Sen. Cory McCray offered his felicitations to Moore and expressed his enthusiasm for the governor’s achievements during the past legislative session. He praised Moore’s role in the significant wage increase that will see Maryland’s minimum wage rise to $15 on Jan. 1, 2024, a milestone that holds great promise for the state’s workers and economy.

Moore’s background features a stint as a captain in the 82nd Airborne. Beyond his military career, Moore has made a significant impact as an author. He is the creative mind behind several best-selling books that tackle racial equity and opportunity. 

The governor, who has also been recognized as a Rhodes Scholar, embodies the notion of excellence in education and scholarship. His intellectual pursuits have not only enriched his life but also the lives of those he serves.

Moore has authored 10 pieces of legislation that address critical issues affecting Maryland residents. They encompass substantial investments of $122 million in local police departments throughout the state as well as an $11 million fund dedicated to the revitalization of West Baltimore. Moore also introduced innovative measures such as a gap service year option for recent high school graduates, child tax credits, and essential financial support for Maryland’s veterans.

As he embarks on the next chapter of his tenure, Moore’s leadership continues to resonate with the citizens of Maryland as he works to address the most pressing challenges and advance the state toward a more prosperous future. On Jan. 18, 2024, the governor will have completed his first full year in office.

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