Oct 28, 2011 0
State Sen. Rob Garagiola is making it official.
The Montgomery County Democrat will begin his campaign for the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday at the BlackRock Center for Arts in Germantown.
The announcement Friday said Garagiola, who is now the Senate majority leader (the second ranking Democrat in the chamber), will “protect seniors living on Medicare and Social Security” and push “an aggressive jobs agenda.”
Garagiola, who has been a major proponent of raising transportation revenues in the state through a higher gas tax and other means, will run in a revamped 6th Congressional District that now includes western Montgomery County and southern Frederick County.
Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, a Republican, has has held that seat since 1993.
Garagiola, who has long been discussed as a candidate for the 6th, picked up endorsements earlier this week from 17 state lawmakers.
Garagiola’s support comes from four state senators — Jennie Forehand, Nancy King and Karen Montgomery, all of Montgomery County, and Sen. Ron Young, of Frederick and Washington counties.
He also picked up endorsements from 13 delegates, including House Majority Leader Kumar Barve and three Western Maryland Democrats: Galen Clagett, John Donoghue and Kevin Kelly.