June 17, 2019

Maryland Senate to Congress Series Congressman Jamie Raskin

A Maryland State Senator from 2007 to 2016, the electoral career of Jamie Raskin may have begun in the halls of Annapolis but it has flourished in the halls of the United States Congress.

Born in Washington DC to political activist/staffer Marcus Raskin and journalist/author Barbara Raskin, Congressman Raskin’s life was clearly bound for excellence starting at an early age. Upon graduation from Georgetown Day School in 1979, he would be bound for the Ivy League attending and graduating from Harvard College and Harvard Law respectively in 1983 and 1987. His time at Harvard would see him come to edit the prestigious Harvard Law Review and begin to lay the groundwork for a distinguished career in law and politics.

Raskin’s professional career would ultimately lead him to teach constitutional law at American University until he’d decide to consummate his electoral ambitions. He’d successfully win a State Senate seat in 2006 representing Maryland’s 20th legislative district.

Proving himself to be thoughtful and insightful legislator, Raskin would quickly become well- regarded by his Senate colleagues for a keen intellect and a unique ability to work with colleagues with disparate views. He’d prove also prove a legislative leader sponsoring significant bills on numerous priority issues including the legalization of medical marijuana, repealing the death penalty, and expanding Maryland’s ignition interlock program. He’d also prove an expert on both state and federal constitutional issues sponsoring legislation to promote the National Popular Vote movement.

Upon the decision of then Congressman Chris Van Hollen to run for the United States Senate in 2016, Raskin would enter the nine-way Democratic primary election to replace him. Raskin would win that Democratic Primary and the following General Election. He was sworn in as a Member of Congress on January 3, 2017.

In his short time in Congress, Raskin has proved yet again to be a thoughtful and insightful legislator. He has quickly achieved multiple leadership positions including the Vice Chairmanship on the House Administration Committee, the Chairmanship of the Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Subcommittee of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and the Senior Whip Position in the House Democratic Caucus.

Although now increasingly well-known as a Member of Congress, Raskin will always be considered by the Maryland Senate as one of its own.