Congressman Jamie Raskin won an election to serve as the representative for Maryland’s 8th Congressional District in 2016, and was re-elected to a second term in 2018 with nearly two thirds of the vote. Raskin is a former three-term state Senator and professor of constitutional law at American University, and a self-described “effective progressive.” Endorsed by the Sierra Club and the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Raskin led successful floor fights in Annapolis to pass marriage equality, abolish the death penalty, enact a medical marijuana program, pass the Green Maryland Act, and adopt strong voter rights and campaign finance reform measures. In Congress, Rep. Raskin serves on the Rules, Judiciary, Oversight and Government Reform, and House Administration Committees.
Congressman Raskin, who has family living in Israel, believes that Israel and the US are unshakeable allies for peace and security in the Middle East, bound together by a tradition of shared democratic values and strategic interests. As a candidate, Raskin publicly supported the Iran nuclear deal and has been a consistent advocate of the two-state solution, arguing that the United States has an important role to play in reconciling the political divide between the Israelis and Palestinians. In his short tenure, Rep. Raskin has been a public champion of J Street’s issues in Congress, supporting the entirety of J Street’s legislative agenda in the last session of Congress. He was one of the earliest cosponsors of House Resolution 326, which reaffirms Congress’s commitment to two-state solution and opposes settlement expansion and annexation.