Party Leaders

Team Maryland: Representing Your Priorities and Values

Attorney General Brian Frosh

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Attorney General Brian Frosh is committed to serving as the people's lawyer, by applying the law to improve lives and bringing fairness, equality and justice to all Marylanders. Prior to his current position, Attorney General Frosh served for 28 years in the Maryland General Assembly - 8 years in the House of Delegates and 20 years in the State Senate, where he was chairman of the Judicial Proceedings Committee for 12 years. As a legislator, Attorney General Frosh was a champion for making Maryland a safer place. He shepherded landmark legislation on gun safety, put in place stronger protections for victims of domestic violence and led efforts to expand the state's DNA database to help law enforcement catch criminals. He authored numerous bills to improve the environment and protect Maryland families from foreclosure, among others. His legislative career also included efforts to protect Maryland consumers, especially seniors and vulnerable citizens, from fraud, identity theft, and scams, which are core functions of the Office of the Attorney General.

Comptroller Peter Franchot

Comptroller Peter Franchot was elected to serve as Maryland's 33rd State Comptroller on November 7, 2006. Prior to his election to statewide office, Peter served as a Delegate from Montgomery County for 20 years. During his time in the House of Delegates, he was a member of the Appropriations Committee, and served as the Chair of its Transportation & the Environment Subcommittee. Using this experience and expertise, Peter has pledged as Comptroller to be a strong fiscal watchdog for Maryland taxpayers and an independent voice on the Board of Public Works. Comptroller Franchot’s dedication to Maryland was recognized in 2010 and 2014 when he was overwhelmingly reelected his second and third terms.

Maryland General Assembly

Of the 188 members of the Maryland General Assembly, 124 are Democrats.

Under the leadership of Senate President Thomas V. "Mike" Miller, Democrats hold 33 of 47 seats in the Maryland State Senate. Senator Miller is the longest serving Senate President in the history of Maryland and is currently the longest serving State Senate President in the nation. Among his duties in the State House, Senator Miller serves as Co-chair of the Legislative Policy Committee, Chair of the Investigation Committee, and is a member of the Rules Committee.

In the House of Delegates, Democrats occupy 91 of the 141 seats. In 2003, Speaker Michael E. Busch from Anne Arundel County was elected to lead the House of Delegates where he has been a member since 1987. The former teacher quickly established himself as a strong, progressive leader. Maryland's Democratic legislators are as diverse as the districts they represent and by working together they achieve remarkable results for citizens in every corner of the state. Speaker Busch led the charge to increase school funding across the state, resulting in Maryland being ranked as the top school system in the country.

Federal Elected Officials: U.S. Senate

Maryland's Democratic United States Senators work very hard to promote the interests of Maryland and its citizens in Washington and around the State of Maryland. Under their leadership, legislation has been enacted to expand Maryland's economy and provide new jobs, clean up our environment, expand assistance for education, housing and public safety, and improve our transportation infrastructure.

U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD)

Senator Barbara Mikulski was elected to the United States Senate in 1986. Maryland's Senior Senator serves as Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science, and is also the Ranking Democrat on the Retirement Security and Aging Subcommittee of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee. Senator Mikulski also serves on subcommittees on Defense; State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs; Transportation, Housing and Urban Development; Homeland Security; and Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies. Senator Mikulski was the first Democratic woman to hold a Senate seat not previously held by her husband; the first Democratic woman to serve in both houses of Congress; the first woman to win a statewide election in Maryland; and is the longest serving female Senator. Senator Mikulski's pioneering efforts and her advocacy on behalf of women candidates has helped elect nine Democratic women to the United States Senate during her tenure, and has made her the unofficial "Dean of the Senate Women." On March 2nd, 2015, Senator Mikulski announced that she would not run again for Senate in 2016.

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD)

Senator Benjamin L. Cardin was elected to the United States Senate in 2006. Senator Cardin serves on five critical senate committees: Foreign Relations, Environment and Public Works, Finance, and Small Business. He also is Ranking Member on the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (the U.S. Helsinki Commission). In addition, he is Chair of one of the three international committees of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Parliamentary Assembly that deals with economics and the environment. In 2001, he was named by Worth Magazine as among the top "100 people who have influenced the way Americans think about money." In 2004, he was named to Treasury and Risk Management’s list of "100 Most Influential People in Finance." Previously, Sen. Cardin represented Maryland's Third Congressional District in the House of Representatives from 1987 to 2006 and served as Speaker of the House in Maryland's General Assembly.

Federal Elected Officials: U.S. House of Representatives

Democrats currently hold seven of Maryland's eight seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.

House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer is the senior member of the Maryland Democratic House Delegation and has represented Maryland’s Fifth Congressional District since 1981. Hoyer served as the House Majority Leader from 2007-2011. As House Democratic Whip for the 112th Congress, Congressman Hoyer is the second-ranking member of the House Democratic Leadership. He is charged with mobilizing the party vote on important legislation, acting as a liaison between Members and the Democratic Leadership, and coordinating strategy within the Caucus. He also plays a key role in shaping House Democrats’ legislative priorities and in delivering the Democratic message

Congressman Elijah Cummings Congressman Cummings is a senior member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, where he sits on the Subcommittees on Highways and Transit and on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials and serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation. In his role as Chairman, Congressman Cummings oversees the implementation of the U.S. Coast Guard's FY2007 $8 billion budget. Congressman Cummings is also ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and a member of the Joint Economic Committee. He began his career of public service in the Maryland House of Delegates, where he served for sixteen years and became the first African-American in Maryland history to be named Speaker Pro Tem. First sworn in as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives in 1996, Congressman Cummings has proudly represented Maryland's 7th District for seven terms. born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, where he still resides today.

Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger has represented Maryland’s Second Congressional District since being elected in 2002. Congressman Ruppersberger was the first Democratic freshman ever to be appointed to the powerful House Select Committee on Intelligence. The committee oversees the collection and analysis of intelligence information from all around the world to ensure our national security and prevent potential crisis situations - especially terrorist activity. He also serves on the Armed Services Committee. Congressman Ruppersberger was hand-picked by the Democratic Leadership and named an Assistant Whip. In this prestigious position he meets regularly with the House leadership to help set legislative priorities and to ensure the passage of key measures. Congressman Ruppersberger serves on the Government Reform Committee, the investigative arm of Congress, where he works to prevent government fraud and waste and to craft reforms to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of government programs. The Congressman was also elected by his freshman Democratic peers to represent them on the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee

Congressman Chris Van Hollen has represented Maryland’s Eighth Congressional District since being elected in 2002. Rep. Van Hollen is the ranking member of the Budget Committee. He also serves on the House Committee on Ways and Means as well as the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. He is the Vice Chairman of the bipartisan Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus, Co-Chairman of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Task Force and Vice Chairman of the Democratic Task Force on Budget and Tax Policy. Rep. Van Hollen has been recognized for his efforts and leadership in a range of areas of including education, foreign policy, environmental protection, protecting the rights of federal employees and civil rights. Roll Call newspaper named him one of the “rising stars” in Congress and the Washington Post noted that Van Hollen “has distinguished himself as a shrewd legislative player.” Following the announcement of Senator Mikulski's retirement, Congressman Van Hollen announced his candidacy for United States Senate for the 2016 election.

Congressman John Sarbanes was elected on November 7, 2006 succeeding Senator Ben Cardin as the representative from Maryland’s 3rd Congressional District. Rep. Sarbanes serves on the Committee on Energy and Commerce and the Committee on Natural Resources. Rep. Sarbanes has nearly two decades of experience in health care and education from the private, public and non-profit sectors. He served as Chair of the Health Care Practice at Venable, one of the nation's leading law firms, where he represented non-profit hospitals and senior living providers in their mission to deliver high quality care to the people of Maryland. For nearly twenty years, Rep. Sarbanes has worked to improve public education having recently completed a seven-year tenure as special assistant to the State Superintendent of Schools, serving as liaison to the Baltimore City Public Schools under the City-State Partnership.

Congresswoman Donna Edwards was elected to the House in a Special Election on June 17, 2008. She became the first African American woman to represent Maryland in the US Congress and won a full term in November 2008. She serves on three vital committees, including the Committees on Ethics; Science, Space, and Technology; and Transportation and Infrastructure. Donna served as Vice Chair of the Progressive Caucus in the House. Prior to her election to the House, Donna co-founded the National Network to End Domestic Violence. CongresswomanFollowing the announcement of Senator Mikulski's retirement, Congresswoman Edwards announced her candidacy for United States Senate for the 2016 election.

John Delaney Congressman John Delaney After two decades as a successful entrepreneur, innovator, business and non-profit leader, John Delaney was elected to represent Maryland's Sixth District in 2012. Since taking office, Delaney has earned local and national praise for his thoughtful results-oriented approach on economic policy. In his first term in office Delaney has written problem-solving bills to rebuild our nation's infrastructure in a fiscally responsible manner, create middle class jobs, give veterans a voice at the Department of Veterans Affairs, improve government services and reduce costs, protect Social Security, and preserve the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage. As the only former CEO of a publicly traded company serving in Congress, Delaney has a unique appreciation for the opportunities and challenges our nation face in a global and technology enabled world.

Local Elected Officials

Democrats hold leadership positions in many of Maryland’s counties and municipalities:

County Executive Isiah "Ike" Leggett of Montgomery County. In November 2006, Isiah Leggett was elected to a four-year term as Montgomery County Executive. He is the first African American to be elected to this public office. In November 2010 he was reelected by County voters with over 65% of the ballots cast. He served as a Professor of Law at the Howard University Law School from 1975 - 2006. He ran the day-to-day operations of the Law School as its Assistant Dean from 1979 – 1986.

County Executive Rushern Baker of Prince George’s County. Rushern was elected in November 2010 to a four year term as Prince Georges County Executive. Baker represented legislative district 22B in the Maryland House of Delegates from 1994 to 2003, where he served on various subcommittees and task forces. He also served as Executive Director for the Community Teacher's Institute, located in Lanham, Maryland

County Executive Kevin Kamenetz of Baltimore County. Kevin was elected in November 2010 to a four year term as Baltimore County Executive. Before his current position Kevin served with distinction on the Baltimore County Council for 15 years, representing the Second District. Kevin was first elected in 1994 and has been re-elected by overwhelming majorities in each subsequent election

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake of Baltimore City. Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was sworn in as Baltimore’s 49th mayor on February 4, 2010. She had served as City Council President since November 2007. Rawlings-Blake was first elected to the Baltimore City Council in 1995 at age 25, the youngest person ever elected to the City Council. She represented the Council’s 5th District from 1995 to 2004 and the 6th District from 2004 to 2007, serving communities throughout West and Northwest Baltimore

County Executive Jen Gardner of Frederick County. Jan was elected as the first County Executive of Frederick County in 2014, following the shift to a Charter government by a referendum of the voters. She first became involved in politics while advocating for education and reducing school overcrowding. She ran for County Commissioner in 1998 and served three terms, and she served as Commission President from 2006-2010.