ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Gov. Martin O’Malley has named a new labor secretary for Maryland.

O’Malley announced Monday that Leonard Howie will head the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.

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Howie has served as deputy secretary for operations at the Maryland Department of Human Resources since November 2011.

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Before that, he spent four and a half years as the labor department’s deputy secretary.

Howie is a resident of College Park. He begins his work as the labor department’s secretary on Oct. 8.

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