Rep. Raskin’s record in Congress by the numbers
Working to address the climate crisis
A leader for environmental protection in the Maryland State Senate (2007-2016) where he authored the Green Maryland Act, Jamie has been an equally passionate champion in Congress. He voted for the Climate Action Now Act to prevent the U.S. from withdrawing from the Paris agreement, and became one of the first cosponsors of the Green New Deal in Congress. "Climate change isn't just an issue, it's the entire context within which we must make our public policy decisions."
Ending the epidemic of gun violence
A member of the House Judiciary Committee, Jamie organized to pass HR-8, for universal criminal and mental background checks on all gun purchases, and the bill closing the Charleston loophole. He is working to pass a ban on high-capacity magazines and the sale of military-style assault weapons, to promote red-flag laws and to confiscate weapons from individuals convicted of hate violence.
Fighting for middle-class prosperity and Security for all Americans
In Congress, he voted for passing the Paycheck Fairness Act (HR 7) and the Raise the Wage Act (HR 582) –– advocates raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, and is fighting to defend the right to organize and collective bargaining.
Protecting Women's Health Choices
A strong champion of reproductive freedom and women's health care, Jamie fought to renew the Violence Against Women Act, opposes all efforts to undermine choice, and supports repeal of the Hyde Amendment.
As “one of America’s most ardent advocates for democracy” (The Nation 4/20/15) Jamie is a champion of sweeping campaign finance reform, a powerful defender of voting rights, and a passionate critic of Citizens United and the Roberts Court’s systematic deregulation of big money in politics.
Jamie believes that we should preserve and strengthen Social Security without endangering the benefits seniors have earned after a lifetime of work.
A professor of constitutional law for 25 years, Jamie is passionately committed to the educational success of all young people.
A long-time champion of single-payer health care, Jamie says, “In a modern democracy, good health care is not only a basic right of citizenship, it is a precondition for effective citizenship.”
A constitutional law professor and author of several books, including the Washington Post Bestseller Overruling Democracy: the Supreme Court versus the American People, Jamie will be a lucid and passionate voice defending constitutional freedom and recovering the Constitution and its true meanings from Tea Party extremists.
A strong supporter of the Maryland DREAM Act, Jamie believes that comprehensive immigration reform must be a top priority to break the deadlock in Congress and the country.
As a Senator, Jamie has constantly backed efforts to provide greater employment, educational and housing opportunities for Maryland’s veterans.
A professor of constitutional law and a passionate champion of civil rights and civil liberties for all, Jamie not only campaigned on marriage equality in his first run for office in 2005 but led the Senate floor fight for marriage equality in Maryland both in 2011 and 2012, fending off hostile floor amendments, carefully explaining the constitutional underpinnings of the legislation, and vividly describing the situation of gay and lesbian couples experiencing discrimination under the old law.
Jamie strongly supports nuclear non-proliferation and is backing the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which is designed to thwart the Republic of Iran’s nuclear ambitions.
Jamie has been an effective champion for the working women and men of Maryland.
Throughout Jamie's decade in public office, he has championed animal rights and animal welfare.