Jamie Raskin

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Jamie Raskin
Member of the Maryland Senate
from the 20th district
Assumed office
January 10, 2007
Personal details
Born (1962-12-13) December 13, 1962 (age 53)[1]
Washington, D.C.[1]
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Sarah Bloom Raskin[1]
Parents Marcus Raskin[1]
Barbara Bellman Raskin[1]
Residence Takoma Park, Maryland[1]
Alma mater Harvard University[1]
Harvard Law School[1]
Occupation Law professor, American University Washington College of Law[1]
Religion Jewish

Jamie Raskin (born Jamin B. Raskin,[1] 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.

Since November 2006, he has served as a Maryland State Senator for District 20,[2] 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.[3]

He is a Democratic candidate seeking to represent the 8th District of Maryland in the United States House of Representatives. The seat is being vacated by Chris Van Hollen, who is running for the Senate seat vacated by Barbara Mikulski.[4]


Raskin was born to a Jewish family[5] in Washington D.C.,[3] 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.

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.[6] On October 4, 2010, she was sworn in as a governor of the Federal Reserve Board by Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke.[7] She is the current United States Deputy Secretary of the Treasury.[8]

Raskin attends Temple Sinai in Washington, D.C.

Campaign for Congress[edit]

The Baltimore Sun and the Washington Post reported that Raskin announced his campaign on April 19, 2015, stating that,"[m]y ambition is not to be in the political center, it is to be in the moral center."[9][10] The Baltimore Sun also reported in October 2015 that Raskin has received more financial support from voters within his district than any other non-incumbent Democratic candidate in the country.[11]

Legislative Record[edit]

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-profit entities that wish to consider a material societal benefit in their bylaws and decision making process.[12][13][14][15]

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.[16]

In 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."[17][18][19]

Raskin also introduced Senate legislation to legalize medical marijuana in Maryland in 2014. The bill was signed by Martin O’Malley and went into effect in January 2015.[20]


Raskin is the author of We the Students: Supreme Court Cases for and about Students,[21] and Overruling Democracy: The Supreme Court versus the American People,[22] Raskin, Maryam Ahranjani, and Andrew G. Ferguson co-authored Youth Justice in America.[23]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Friends of Jamin Raskin (2006). "Biography". Jamie Raskin for State Senate campaign web site. Archived from the original on August 27, 2006. Retrieved May 4, 2006. 
  2. ^ "Official 2006 Gubernatorial General Election results for State Senator". Maryland State Board of Elections. 2006. Retrieved October 20, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Jamin B. (Jamie) Raskin". Maryland Manual On-line. Maryland State Archives. 
  4. ^ Turque, Bill (April 19, 2015). "State Sen. Jamie Raskin announces run for Van Hollen seat". The Washington Post. 
  5. ^ Jewish Daily Forward: "Should the Government 'Get' Involved? - State Laws Target Men Who Refuse to Grant Religious Divorce" By Rachel Levmore May 02, 2012
  6. ^ Reddy, Sudeep (April 29, 2010), "Obama Nominates Yellen, Raskin, Diamond to Fed Board", Wall Street Journal .
  7. ^ Fed Press Release federalreserve.gov, October 4, 2010 (October 9, 2010)
  8. ^ "Sarah Bloom Raskin". 
  9. ^ Fritze, John (April 19, 2015), Raskin Announces Bid for Congress .
  10. ^ Turque, Bill (April 19, 2015), State Sen. Jamie Raskin announces run for Van Hollen seat .
  11. ^ Fritze, John (October 26, 2015), Raskin Endorsed by Dumais, MayDay PAC .
  12. ^ Raskin, Jamie; et al. (January 25, 2008). "Senate Bill 290 (2008)". Retrieved September 11, 2014. 
  13. ^ Raskin, Jamie; et al. (January 18, 2013). "Senate Bill 276 (2013)". Retrieved September 11, 2014. 
  14. ^ Raskin, Jamie; et al. (January 25, 2008). "Senate Bill 803 (2011)". Retrieved September 11, 2014. 
  15. ^ Raskin, Jamie; et al. (February 10, 2010). "Senate Bill 690 (2010)". Retrieved September 11, 2014. 
  16. ^ Raskin, Jamie; et al. (February 2, 2007). "Senate Bill 634 (2007)" (PDF). Retrieved September 11, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Sun News Digest". Baltimore Sun. March 2, 2006. p. 2.A.  Abstract of archived news article, provided by the newspaper's archiving service.
  18. ^ "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.
  19. ^ Urban Legends Reference Pages (March 28, 2006). "Jamie Raskin". Snopes.com. Retrieved October 20, 2010. 
  20. ^ Raskin, Jamie; et al. (January 31, 2014). "Senate Bill 924 (2007)". Retrieved September 11, 2014. 
  21. ^ Raskin, Jamie B. (July 1, 2014), We the Students: Supreme Court Cases for and about Students (Fourth ed.), CQ Press, ISBN 978-1-4833-1919-3 
  22. ^ Raskin, Jamin B. (February 14, 2003), Overruling Democracy: The Supreme Court versus The American People, Routledge, ISBN 978-0415934398 
  23. ^ Raskin, Jamin B.; Ahranjani, Maryam; Ferguson, Andrew G. (July 28, 2014), Youth Justice in America (Second ed.), CQ Press, ISBN 978-1483319162 .

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