Jamie Raskin won election to serve as the representative for Maryland’s 8th Congressional District in 2016. 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.
Congressman Raskin, who has family living in Israel, believes that Israel and 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 United States has an important role to play in reconciling the political divide between the Israelis and Palestinians. He also came out against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement in 2010.