Statement upon passing of Maryland House Speaker Michael Busch Recent Happenings Agudath Israel of Maryland joins the leaders and citizens across our state in mourning the loss of House Speaker Michael Busch. Speaker Busch dedicated his life to public service and to making a difference in the lives of others. He always warmly welcomed the members of our community when we would engage him in conversation, and he constantly strove to provide Marylanders with their needs and interests. We extend our most sincere condolences to Speaker Busch’s grieving family and to the multitudes of admirers whose lives are impacted by his passing. May his memory serve as a blessing to all who knew him.