Why I'm Running For Congress

This serves as an introduction to voters of the Sixth Congressional District, as I lay out the reason I am running for Congress.


I’m writing this letter to introduce myself to you and ask for your support.  I am running for Congress because middle class families are hurting and I have a proven track record of fighting for working families and upholding middle-class values. I know how to address difficult issues in a bipartisan manner while fighting for the values we share.

As a State Senator and now as the Majority Leader in the Maryland State Senate, I am passionate about growing clean energy jobs in Maryland.  Ten years ago when I was first elected, I listened closely to entrepreneurs when they asked for my help on the development of a green business sector.  Clean energy companies, particularly solar and wind, have no better friend in Annapolis.  Further development of our solar industry – an industry which already supports more than 2,000 jobs – is essential.  And now we have outstanding prospects for wind energy as well.   

  Maintaining Maryland’s position as a national leader in green job creation is a vision that we share for our future, and I am proud of the strong commitment to it in the General Assembly.  Likewise, I’m proud of the work that I have done to support small business owners in creating clean energy jobs.

I‘m also passionate about other important issues, which I will share with you during the campaign:

  • Healthcare – Since my days as a staffer for Congressman Frank Pallone (D-NJ), I have been deeply committed to seeing Americans get the healthcare coverage they need.  During my time as a staffer in the House of Representatives, I worked on the passage of the S-CHIP program, which provided matching funds to states to cover healthcare costs for children.  I’ve continued to work very hard as a State Senator to expand access to healthcare for Marylanders, and I will continue that fight in Congress.
  • Veterans – When I speak about veterans, I speak from the heart. I value the commitment that our men and women in uniform make.  In the General Assembly, I founded the bipartisan Veterans Caucus to work on behalf of those who sacrifice for us. Even though there are times we may disagree strongly with people on the other side of the aisle, legislators have a responsibility to work on behalf of their constituents and get results.  I know how and when to work with people who have different values; I also know when it is time to fight for what matters.  These are lessons borne of my time in the Maryland Senate, and with your help, I will take my experience to Washington and find people – members of both parties – who will work with me for the good of our District. 


While I respect my opponents and their stated desire to serve our community, I am the only person in this race with a proven track record of getting things done in public office. In Washington, I will leverage my experience and know-how to make sure the citizens of Maryland’s Sixth Congressional District have a voice that generates results.

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John Thompson February 23, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Can't wait to vote for you Rob! I've trusted you as my legislator before and I can't wait to do it at the federal level. Delaney's no good.
Jim February 24, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Dude, you are just another tax and spend liberal from Montgomery County. The State budget has increased 20% since you and our current governor took office - Despite the fact middle class families have been living on less. The sales tax was raised almost 20% and now you want to add another tax to gas! You don't address issues that are really relevent to middle class families. More government has never solved our problems but libs like you think it is the answer to EVERYTHING.
Jeff Hawkins February 24, 2012 at 03:06 PM
@Mr. Garagiola What is your stance on the proposed gas tax increase?
Rob Garagiola February 24, 2012 at 05:09 PM
While I believe we need new revenue to meet our State's transportation needs, I oppose Governor O'Malley's gas tax proposal.
Donald February 24, 2012 at 05:26 PM
Go Rob Go, keep doing a great job for Marylanders and for the middle class
Jeff Hawkins February 24, 2012 at 05:29 PM
Thank you for the information.....
Ivan Fink February 24, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Keep up the good work Sen. Garagiola. I know that you will deflect the baseless attacks that multi millionare financier John Delaney is lobbing at you. Ive been a resident of Germantown for about 5 years now, and kept a close I on what youve done in Annapolis. I can honestly say that you have never wavered in support of hard working Americans like myself. Whether it's you support of the MD GI bill, or some of the legislation you have supported to curb predatory lending practices....you are a firm defender of the common man. I will do all I can to make sure that you are elected to Congress.
Melissa Joseph February 24, 2012 at 05:44 PM
It's great to hear that you are passionate about healthcare, especially for children. This is such an important topic of discussion right now and I know it will be a big focus for you in the future. Keep up the great work!
John Thompson February 24, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Jim, Rob worked to repeal the tech tax a few years ago. He also created a lot of middle class jobs in the green energy sector. If you want new roads, then a small bit of medicine is what you have to take.
Jeff Hawkins February 24, 2012 at 06:35 PM
@Mr. Garagiola I'm glad to see that you oppose the gas tax proposal. You say we still need "new" revenue. Where would that come from?
jnrentz1 February 25, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Rob, Thank G-d you are running for national office. I hope you can find numerous ways to raise our taxes. After all it is for our own good. Too many middle class Americans have too much time, and money at their disposal. In addition to raising taxes, can you cut back on or abolish annual leave? Again, Americans do not work enough or pay enough taxes. Imagine the arrogance of so many Americans who think the money they earn is theirs! Imagine the arrogance of Americans who think they earn annual leave, and then take off from work, and want to be paid! These Americans should be working harder to support those who do not. Raise taxes, abolish annual leave. I will vote for you several times on election day. I am glad we no longer have to show identification or even prove ourselves to be an American to vote.
hmj February 27, 2012 at 06:49 PM
1 million jobs taken from American citizens by aliens ( here on work visas). President and Congress ignore the needs of citizens. Romney can fix the problem. What will you do?
jnrentz1 February 28, 2012 at 01:09 PM
Oops! hmj, you asked a hard question. Maybe you will get an answer, and maybe you will get a satisfactory answer, but I don't think so.


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