Former Maryland Gov. Harry R. Hughes dies at 92

Former Maryland Gov. Harry R. Hughes, who prided himself on restoring public faith in the political process, has died. He was 92.

In a statement on Hughes' passing Gov. Larry Hogan said Wednesday that flags will be flown at half-staff until sunset of the day of interment. Hogan described Hughes as "a longtime friend and Maryland legend whom I deeply admired."

The two-term Democratic governor, who served from 1979 to 1987, also spent 16 years in the General Assembly and seven as Maryland's first transportation secretary.

Hughes entered the governor's mansion at a time when Maryland was something of a national symbol for corruption. Gov. Marvin Mandel had been sentenced to jail on political corruption charges and former Gov. Spiro T. Agnew had pleaded no contest to income tax evasion.