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Jamie Raskin is a three-term Democratic State Senator in Maryland, the Senate Majority Whip, and a dynamic leader of the progressive forces in Annapolis who has been at the center of the breakthrough policy changes Maryland has experienced over the last decade.
A professor of constitutional law at American University’s Washington College of Law for the last 25 years, Jamie has also taught at Yale Law School and has had thousands of students and authored several books, including the Washington Post Bestseller Overruling Democracy: The Supreme Court versus the American People about conservative judicial activism and the acclaimed We the Students: Supreme Court Cases for and about America’s Students. Jamie is the founder, with the families of Thurgood Marshall and William Brennan, of the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project, which has sent law students at 20 law schools across the country into public high schools to teach thousands of high school students about the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the meanings of constitutional freedom and democracy.
All told, Jamie has seen more than 100 of his bills pass into law while earning high marks as a zealous constituent servant. He has been listed as one of Maryland’s “Top 10 Most Effective Legislators” by the Gazette of Politics and Business, “Montgomery County’s Most Responsive Elected Official” by the Silver Spring Voice, “a Hero to Maryland’s Working Families” by Progressive Maryland, and “one of the nation’s most talented state legislators” by the Huffington Post.
Jamie is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, where he was an Editor of the Harvard Law Review. He is deeply involved in promoting chess among children and has been active in Lumina Studio, which is one of the nation’s leading Shakespeare theaters for young people. He and his wife Sarah, who is the Deputy Secretary of the United States Treasury Department and a former Governor of the Federal Reserve Board, live in Takoma Park, Maryland and have three children.