Brown, Raskin added to con­gres­sional del­e­ga­tion

State will send an all-male con­tin­gent to Wash­ing­ton

Baltimore Sun - - ELECTION 2016 - By John Fritze Bal­ti­more Sun re­porter Erin Cox and Quanny Carr con­trib­uted to this ar­ti­cle. john.fritze@balt­sun.com twit­ter.com/jfritze ecox@balt­sun.com twit­ter.com/eri­natthe­sun

Mary­land will send two newlaw­mak­ers to the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives for the first time in more than a decade.

Demo­crat An­thony G. Brown of Prince Ge­orge’s County, who served as for­mer Gov. Martin O’Mal­ley’s lieu­tenant gover­nor from 2007 un­til last year, was elected Tues­day to rep­re­sent the state’s 4th Con­gres­sional Dis­trict — win­ning a mea­sure of po­lit­i­cal re­demp­tion af­ter his up­set loss in the gu­ber­na­to­rial elec­tion two years ago to Repub­li­can Larry Ho­gan.

In the neigh­bor­ing 8th Con­gres­sional Dis­trict, vot­ers se­lected Demo­cratic state Sen. Jamie Raskin of Mont­gomery County, an Amer­i­can Uni­ver­sity law pro­fes­sor and can­cer sur­vivor who has cham­pi­oned pro­gres­sive causes in An­napo­lis since win­ning his first elec­tion in 2006.

Raskin promised to “fight for mas­sive rein­vest­ment in our na­tion’s ail­ing in­fra­struc­ture,” in­clud­ing Wash­ing­ton’s Metro sys­tem. He said he wants to work on the leg­isla­tive pri­or­i­ties he pur­sued in An­napo­lis, in­clud­ing crim­i­nal jus­tice re­form and gun con­trol.

Brown re­called les­sons his late fa­ther, a Jam­i­can im­mi­grant and doc­tor, taught him about re­cov­er­ing from de­feat.

“If you be­lieve in what you do, you get up and you get back to it,” Brown said. “I’m grate­ful the vot­ers un­der­stand you’ve got to get up, and I’m grate­ful the vot­ers gave me the op­por­tu­nity to get back to it.”

Raskin will suc­ceed Rep. Chris Van Hollen, who won elec­tion to the Se­nate on Tues­day. Brown will suc­ceed Rep. Donna Edwards, who lost to Van Hollen in the Demo­cratic Se­nate pri­mary in April.

The loss of Edwards and the re­tire­ment of Sen. Bar­bara A. Mikul­ski mean Mary­land will send an all-male del­e­ga­tion to Congress next year for the first time since 1971.

Eight House seats were on the bal­lot in Mary­land Tues­day. Th­es­tate’s in­cum­bents — five Democrats and one Repub­li­can — were set to eas­ily win re-elec­tion. That in­cluded Demo­cratic Rep. John De­laney, who fended off a spir­ited and well-funded chal­lenge in the 6th Dis­trict from Repub­li­can Amie Rep. John De­laney de­liv­ers a vic­tory speech in Gaithers­burg Tues­day night af­ter win­ning a third term in Mary­land’s 6th Con­gres­sional Dis­trict. Hoe­ber.

Demo­cratic Reps. Eli­jah E. Cum­mings of Bal­ti­more, C.A. Dutch Rup­pers­berger of Bal­ti­more County, John Sar­banes of Bal­ti­more County and Steny Hoyer of Southern Mary­land and Repub­li­can Rep. Andy Har­ris of Bal­ti­more County all won re-elec­tion.

Brown and Raskin will en­ter a House in Jan­uary that has been par­a­lyzed for years by par­ti­san­ship, barely able to ap­prove fun­da­men­tal leg­is­la­tion to keep the fed­eral gov­ern­ment open. Repub­li­cans were ex­pected to hold their ma­jor­ity in the House, leav­ing the state’s new law­mak­ers in the mi­nor­ity.

Mary­land’s con­gres­sional del­e­ga­tion has re­mained rel­a­tively sta­ble in re­cent years. The last time the state sent two new law­mak­ers to Wash­ing­ton in a sin­gle year was in 2003, when Rup­pers­berger and Van Hollen of Mop­nt­gomery County cap­tured newly drawn dis­tricts that had been held by Repub­li­cans.

The all-male del­e­ga­tion will be un­com­fort­able for state Democrats. Sev­eral Repub­li­cans this year crit­i­cized Mary­land’s Demo­cratic es­tab­lish­ment for the lack of di­ver­sity in a state that is home to Mikul­ski, the longest-serv­ing woman in Congress.

The 4th Dis­trict is based in Prince Ge­orge’s County but in­cludes por­tions of Anne Arun­del County. Most 8th Dis­trict vot­ers live in Mont­gomery County, but the dis­trict reaches into Fred­er­ick and Car­roll coun­ties. Both dis­tricts were drawn by Democrats in An­napo­lis to fa­vor their party’s can­di­dates.

Per­haps the most com­pet­i­tive House race in the state re­cently has been the 6th Dis­trict, which is based in Mont­gomery County — a Demo­cratic strong­hold — and sprawls north into the Repub­li­can ter­ri­tory of Western Mary­land.

De­laney won re-elec­tion in 2014 by less than 2 points.

Repub­li­cans, sens­ing vul­ner­a­bil­ity, re­cruited Hoe­ber, a deputy un­der­sec­re­tary of the Army dur­ing the Rea­gan ad­min­is­tra­tion, who ran an ag­gres­sive cam­paign fo­cused in part on De­laney’s sup­port for Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s con­tro­ver­sial Iran nu­clear deal.

A su­per PAC funded by Hoe­ber’s hus­band in­vested more than $3 mil­lion in ad­ver­tis­ing on her be­half.

De­laney, a for­mer banker who lives less than a mile from Hoe­ber in Po­tomac, also in­vested heav­ily in his own can­di­dacy, though he ap­pears to have spent less this year .

He was aided Tues­day by the larger turnout in a pres­i­den­tial elec­tion year and the un­pop­u­lar­ity of Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Don­ald Trump in Mary­land.

“What I like since he’s been elected is his in­cred­i­ble com­mu­nity in­volve­ment,” said Ellen Ge­orgi, a 62-year-old pub­lic school teacher who voted in Ur­bana. “I just seem him be­ing the ul­ti­mate in grass roots.”

Randy Frank, a 56-year-old busi­ness con­sul­tant, said he just has trou­ble this year trust­ing Democrats, in­clud­ing De­laney. He said he met both can­di­dates, and also heard a lot of ra­dio ad­ver­tis­ing.

“Fol­low­ing John De­laney’s vot­ing prin­ci­ples, he just seems to vote sheerly on what­ever Democrats put up,” Frank said. “I oc­ca­sion­ally vote for Democrats, but he wasn’t one of them. I fear what peo­ple could do to this coun­try if the wrong peo­ple are elected.”

Brown, a 54-year-old Mitchel­lville man, ran largely on eco­nomic is­sues and his record as lieu­tenant gover­nor. He beat Repub­li­can Ge­orge E. McDer­mott, Lib­er­tar­ian Ben­jamin Lee Krause and the Green Party’s Kame­sha T. Clark.

KARL MER­TON FERRON/BAL­TI­MORE SUN

For­mer Lt. Gov. An­thony G. Brown speaks af­ter win­ning in the 4th Con­gres­sional Dis­trict. He is one of two new rep­re­sen­ta­tives among Mary­land’s eight seats. The other is state Sen. Jamie Raskin in the 8th Dis­trict.

MARK BOYLE/FOR THE BAL­TI­MORE SUN

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