ANNAPOLIS, Maryland — Maryland House Speaker Michael Busch died after a brief battle with pneumonia. He was 72. Busch spent over three decades in the Maryland House of Delegates, and 16 years as the Speaker. He was a mentor to both sides of the aisle, a staple of Maryland politics, and a friend to many. As the General Assembly wrapped up its 90-day session the thoughts of the 187 members of the legislature were with the late Speaker.