Jamie Raskin

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Jamie Raskin
Jamie Raskin (30620205935).jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maryland's 8th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2017
Preceded by Chris Van Hollen
Member of the Maryland Senate
from the 20th district
In office
January 10, 2007 – November 10, 2016
Preceded by Ida Ruben
Succeeded by Will Smith
Personal details
Born Jamin Ben Raskin
(1962-12-13) December 13, 1962 (age 54)
Washington, D.C.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Sarah Bloom Raskin
Parents Marcus Raskin[1]
Barbara Bellman Raskin[1]
Residence Takoma Park, Maryland, U.S.[1]
Alma mater Harvard University[1]
Harvard Law School[1]
Occupation Law professor, American University Washington College of Law[1]
Website House website

Jamin Ben "Jamie" Raskin (born December 13, 1962) is the U.S. Representative for Maryland's 8th congressional district. A law professor, Raskin teaches constitutional law and legislation at American University, Washington College of Law, in Washington. He served as the Director of the college's LL.M. program on Law and Government.

Personal life[edit]

Raskin was born in Washington, D.C. on December 13, 1962[1] to a Jewish family,[2][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.[citation needed]

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.[4] On October 4, 2010, she was sworn in as a governor of the Federal Reserve Board by Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke.[5] She served as the United States Deputy Secretary of the Treasury from March 19, 2014 – January 20, 2017.[6]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

In the 115th Congress, Rep. Raskin serves on the following committees and caucuses:

Committee Assignments

Party Leadership and Caucus Membership

  • House Democratic Caucus, Senior Whip
  • House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, Freshman Representative
  • Congressional Progressive Caucus, Vice Chair and Liaison to New Members
  • Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus
  • House Pro-Choice Caucus
  • House Public Education Caucus
  • House Quiet Skies Caucus
  • House 115th Class Caucus

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." The district's seven-term incumbent, fellow Democrat Chris Van Hollen, gave up the seat to make an ultimately successful run for the United States Senate.[7][8]

The Baltimore Sun 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.[9]

Raskin won the crowded seven-way Democratic primary--the real contest in this heavily Democratic district--with 33 percent of the vote.[10] As expected, he easily won the general election, defeating Republican Dan Cox with 60 percent of the vote.[11]

Maryland legislature[edit]

In November 2006 he was elected as a Maryland State Senator for District 20,[12] representing parts of Silver Spring and Takoma Park in Montgomery County. In 2012 he was named the Majority Whip for the Senate, and was the Chairman of the Montgomery County Senate Delegation, Chairman of the Select Committee on Ethics Reform, and a Member of the Judicial Proceedings Committee.[2]

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.[13][14][15][16]

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.[17]

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."[18][19][20]

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.[21]

In his first action as a Congressman, Raskin, with several other members of House of Representatives, objected to certifying the election of Donald Trump as President because of Russian interference in the election and voter suppression efforts. Vice President Joseph Biden ruled the objection out of order because it had to be sponsored by at least one member of each chamber, and there was no Senate sponsor. [22]


Raskin is the author of We the Students: Supreme Court Cases for and about Students,[23] and Overruling Democracy: The Supreme Court versus the American People,[24] Raskin, Maryam Ahranjani, and Andrew G. Ferguson co-authored Youth Justice in America.[25] Raskin and John Bonifaz also coauthored The Wealth Primary: Campaign Fundraising and the Constitution[26]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Friends of Jamin Raskin (2006). "Biography". Jamie Raskin for State Senate campaign. Archived from the original on August 27, 2006. Retrieved May 4, 2006. 
  2. ^ a b "Jamin B. (Jamie) Raskin". Maryland Manual Online. Maryland State Archives. Retrieved January 17, 2017. 
  3. ^ Rachel Levmore (May 2, 2012). "Should the Government 'Get' Involved? - State Laws Target Men Who Refuse to Grant Religious Divorce", The Forward
  4. ^ Reddy, Sudeep (April 29, 2010), "Obama Nominates Yellen, Raskin, Diamond to Fed Board", The Wall Street Journal 
  5. ^ Fed Press Release federalreserve.gov, October 4, 2010 (October 9, 2010)
  6. ^ "Sarah Bloom Raskin profile". treasury.gov. Retrieved February 3, 2017. 
  7. ^ Fritze, John (April 19, 2015), Raskin Announces Bid for Congress .
  8. ^ Turque, Bill (April 19, 2015), State Sen. Jamie Raskin announces run for Van Hollen seat 
  9. ^ Fritze, John (October 26, 2015), Raskin Endorsed by Dumais, MayDay PAC .
  10. ^ Elections, Maryland State Board of. "2016 Election Results". 
  11. ^ Elections, Maryland State Board of. "Unofficial 2016 Presidential General Election Results". 
  12. ^ "Official 2006 Gubernatorial General Election results for State Senator". Maryland State Board of Elections. 2006. Retrieved October 20, 2010. 
  13. ^ Raskin, Jamie; et al. (January 25, 2008). "Senate Bill 290 (2008)". Retrieved September 11, 2014. 
  14. ^ Raskin, Jamie; et al. (January 18, 2013). "Senate Bill 276 (2013)". Retrieved September 11, 2014. 
  15. ^ Raskin, Jamie; et al. (January 25, 2008). "Senate Bill 803 (2011)". Retrieved September 11, 2014. 
  16. ^ Raskin, Jamie; et al. (February 10, 2010). "Senate Bill 690 (2010)". Retrieved September 11, 2014. 
  17. ^ Raskin, Jamie; et al. (February 2, 2007). "Senate Bill 634 (2007)" (PDF). Retrieved September 11, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Sun News Digest". The Baltimore Sun. March 2, 2006. p. 2A.  Abstract of archived news article, provided by the newspaper's archiving service.
  19. ^ "Emotions flare over same-sex marriage". The 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.
  20. ^ Urban Legends Reference Pages (March 28, 2006). "Jamie Raskin". Snopes. Retrieved October 20, 2010. 
  21. ^ Raskin, Jamie; et al. (January 31, 2014). "Senate Bill 924 (2007)". Retrieved September 11, 2014. 
  22. ^ "'It is over': Biden quiets Democrats as Congress meets to make Trump victory official". 
  23. ^ 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 
  24. ^ Raskin, Jamin B. (February 14, 2003), Overruling Democracy: The Supreme Court versus The American People, Routledge, ISBN 978-0415934398 
  25. ^ Raskin, Jamin B.; Ahranjani, Maryam; Ferguson, Andrew G. (July 28, 2014), Youth Justice in America (Second ed.), CQ Press, ISBN 978-1483319162 .
  26. ^ Raskin, Jamin B.; Bonifaz, John, The Wealth Primary:Campaign Fundraising and the Constitution, Center for Responsive Politics, ISBN 978-0939715213 

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United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Jimmy Panetta
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Francis Rooney