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The Workers’ Compensation Commission is pleased to announce its newest Commissioner, R. Karl Aumann. 
Appointed to a 12-year term by Governor Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr., Commissioner Aumann began his tenure with the Commission on August 3, 2005.Governor Ehrlich appointed R. Karl Aumann to the Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission on February 18, 2005.  Mr. Aumann was confirmed unanimously by the State Senate on April 11, 2005.
 
Born in Baltimore, Maryland, May 17, 1960, Commissioner Aumann graduated from Calvert Hall College High School in 1978.  Commissioner Aumann graduated from Loyola College in Maryland with a B.A. in political science in 1982. He received his J.D. in 1985 from the University of Baltimore School of Law and was admitted to the Maryland Bar in 1986.
 
As an attorney, he was an associate with the Towson firm of Power & Mosner (now Bodie, Nagle, Dolina, Smith & Hobbs) and later with the Baltimore office of Miles & Stockbridge.  During his five years with those firms, Commissioner Aumann specialized in toxic tort, product liability and medical malpractice litigation.
 
In 1991, Commissioner Aumann was appointed by President George H. W. Bush as counsel and senior policy advisor to the Appalachian Regional Commission.  After Governor Ehrlich was elected to the U.S. Congress in 1994, Commissioner Aumann became his Chief Administrator and District Director, a position he held until 2003.  His responsibilities included office oversight and policy development, with special focus on international relations.
 
Appointed by Governor Ehrlich to be Secretary of State of Maryland on January 15, 2003, Commissioner Aumann was confirmed unanimously by the State Senate on January 31, 2003.  As Secretary, he oversaw the various office division responsibilities, including legal services, international relations and COMAR/Maryland Register.  He also chaired the Governor's Subcabinet on International Affairs, the Governor's Commission on Maryland Military Monuments and the Interagency Council for the Nonprofit Sector.