July 1, 2019

Maryland Senate to Judiciary Series Senator/Judge Ed Weant, Jr.

Born in Westminster on April 9, 1918, Senator and Judge Ed Weant would be a product of Westminster Public Schools then Western Maryland College and four years of service in the United States Army before making his way to the University of Maryland School of Law and earning his law degree in 1949.

His career in politics would be launched with service as a Maryland State Senator following the 1958 elections. Weant would serve as a member of the Maryland Senate from 1959-1965 and unusually become the Vice Chairman of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee immediately upon his taking office in 1959. His time in the Senate would see numerous other successes including service as Chair of the Prison Administration Committee from 1963-1965 and selection by various advocacy organizations as Legislator of the Year in 1962.

Weant would leave the Maryland Senate in 1965 upon his appointment as Circuit Court Judge for Carroll County by then Governor John Millard Tawes. He’d subsequently serve the remainder of his career in public service on the bench until retiring after serving as Judge on the Maryland Court of Special Appeals from 1979-1988.

Always also active in the private sector in addition to the public sector, Weant would serve in numerous volunteer and community service capacities through the years. Among others endeavors, he’d serve as President of the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce, President of the Westminster Chamber of Commerce, Commander of the Carroll Post of the American Legion, Trustee of the Episcopal Ministries to the Aging, and Vestryman of the Church of the Ascension.

Weant passed away on February 10, 1999 (at the age of 80) clearly leaving behind a legacy of dedication to service and justice that endures to this day.