|Member of the Maryland Senate
from the 20th district
January 10, 2007
December 13, 1962 |
|Spouse(s)||Sarah Bloom Raskin|
Barbara Bellman Raskin
|Alma mater||Harvard University|
Jamie Raskin (born Jamin B. Raskin, on December 13, 1962, in Washington, D.C.) is an American law professor and politician. He teaches constitutional law and legislation at American University, Washington College of Law, in Washington, D.C. He serves as the Director of the college's LL.M. program on Law and Government. In November 2006, he was elected as a Maryland State Senator for District 20, representing parts of Silver Spring and Takoma Park, cities in Montgomery County. In 2012 he was named the Majority Whip for the Senate, and is the Chairman of the Montgomery County Senate Delegation, Chairman of the Select Committee on Ethics Reform, and a Member of the Judicial Proceedings Committee.
In April, 2015 he announced that he is running for the seat in the U.S. Congress from the 8th District of Maryland. The seat is being vacated by Chris Van Hollen, who will be running for the Senate seat vacated by Barbara Mikulski.
Raskin was born to a Jewish family in Washington D.C., the son of progressive activist Marcus Raskin, a former staff aide to President John F. Kennedy on the National Security Council and co-founder of the Institute for Policy Studies and Barbara (née Bellman) Raskin, a journalist and novelist. He graduated from Georgetown Day School in 1979, and from Harvard College (magna cum laude) in 1983, and from Harvard Law School (magna cum laude]) in 1987. He is a past editor of the Harvard Law Review. As a lawyer, he has represented such clients as Greenpeace, the Service Employees International Union and a group of Montgomery Blair High School students fighting a ban on a television show they produced dealing with same-sex marriage. Raskin founded the Marshall Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project at the Washington College of Law. The program allows law students to teach a Constitutional law course in public high schools across the nation.
On March 1, 2006, during a Maryland State Senate hearing regarding same-sex marriage, Raskin, speaking as a constitutional law expert, told a lawmaker, "People place their hand on the Bible and swear to uphold the Constitution; they don't put their hand on the Constitution and swear to uphold the Bible."
Raskin has been a strong proponent of liberal issues in the Maryland Senate. He has been the sponsor of bills advocating same-sex marriage, the repeal of the death penalty in Maryland, the expansion of the state Ignition interlock device program, and the establishment of the legal guidelines for Benefit Corporations, a corporate form for for-profit entities that wish to consider a material societal benefit in their bylaws and decision making process.
A former board member of FairVote, Raskin introduced and sponsored the first bill in the country for the National Popular Vote, a plan for an interstate compact to provide for the first popular presidential election in American history.
Raskin led the successful Senate floor fights on same-sex marriage, death penalty repeal, and medical marijuana.
He is married to Sarah Bloom Raskin, who served as the Maryland Commissioner of Financial Regulation from 2007-2010, and was nominated by President Barack Obama to the Federal Reserve Board on April 28, 2010. On October 4, 2010, she was sworn in as a governor of the Federal Reserve Board by Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke. She is the current United States Deputy Secretary of the Treasury.
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- "Official 2006 Gubernatorial General Election results for State Senator". Maryland State Board of Elections. 2006. Retrieved October 20, 2010.
- Jewish Daily Forward: "Should the Government 'Get' Involved? - State Laws Target Men Who Refuse to Grant Religious Divorce" By Rachel Levmore May 02, 2012
- "Sun News Digest". Baltimore Sun. March 2, 2006. p. 2.A. Abstract of archived news article, provided by the newspaper's archiving service.
- "Emotions flare over same-sex marriage". Baltimore Sun. March 2, 2006. Archived from the original on June 17, 2006. Retrieved April 17, 2006. Archived on raskin06.com, Mr Raskin's political campaign web site.
- Urban Legends Reference Pages (March 28, 2006). "Jamie Raskin". Snopes.com. Retrieved October 20, 2010.
- Raskin, Jamie et al. (January 25, 2008). "Senate Bill 290 (2008)". Retrieved September 11, 2014.
- Raskin, Jamie et al. (January 18, 2013). "Senate Bill 276 (2013)". Retrieved September 11, 2014.
- Raskin, Jamie et al. (January 25, 2008). "Senate Bill 803 (2011)". Retrieved September 11, 2014.
- Raskin, Jamie et al. (February 10, 2010). "Senate Bill 690 (2010)". Retrieved September 11, 2014.
- Raskin, Jamie et al. (February 2, 2007). "Senate Bill 634 (2007)" (PDF). Retrieved September 11, 2014.
- Raskin, Jamie et al. (January 31, 2014). "Senate Bill 924 (2007)". Retrieved September 11, 2014.
- Reddy, Sudeep (April 29, 2010), "Obama Nominates Yellen, Raskin, Diamond to Fed Board", Wall Street Journal.
- Fed Press Release federalreserve.gov, October 4, 2010 (October 9, 2010)
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