Jamin Raskin

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American University, Washington College of Law,
4801 Massachusetts Avenue,
Washington D.C.


Jamie Raskin

Professor of Constitutional Law, the First Amendment, Legislative Process and  Law of the Political Process,  American University, Washington College of Law
Maryland State Senator, Silver Spring and Takoma Park
Majority Whip , Maryland State Senate
Senior Fellow, People for the American Way

Jamie Raskin is a constitutional law professor at American University’s Washington College of Law, where he directs the Program on Law and Government, and a Democratic State Senator in Maryland representing District 20 (Silver Spring and Takoma Park).  He is the Chairman of the Montgomery County Delegation in the Maryland Senate and the Senate Democratic Whip.  He is also a Senior Fellow at People for the American Way where he writes regular reports on the Supreme Court, public justice, and the rights of the people..

The Director of WCL’s Program on Law and Government, Raskin’s bestselling books on the Constitution include Overruling Democracy: The Supreme Court versus the American People (2003), an analysis of Bush v. Gore and right-wing judicial activism, and We the Students (3d ed. 2008) which examines cases affecting America’s students and has been called “the Bible of the new movement for constitutional literacy.”  Raskin founded the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project, which has sent hundreds of law students at 18 different law schools into public high schools to teach many thousands of high school students a course in constitutional literacy.

As Senator, Raskin has seen more than 50 of his bills pass into law, including sweeping campaign finance disclosure measures; a statewide farm-to-schools program to get locally grown farm produce into public school cafeterias; marriage equality legislation, which he managed on the Senate floor for several days in 2012; the first “Benefit Corporation” law in the United States; the Ethics Online Disclosure Act of 2012, which puts ethical disclosure forms of Maryland legislators on-line; a statewide civil rights law providing jury trials and compensatory damages for victims of racial, ethnic and gender discrimination; the Green Maryland Act requiring all state departments and agencies to have recycling, composting and green contracting plans; a law establishing September 17 as Constitution and Bill of Rights Day; the Maryland Commission on Capital Punishment, to examine the fairness of the death penalty in the state; and the National Popular Vote law, which made Maryland the first state to adopt a plan for a nationwide interstate compact to cast every state’s electoral college votes for the winner of the national popular vote.

The Washington Post has described Raskin as the Maryland Senate’s “authority on constitutional issues,” the Baltimore Sun called him “a persistent ethics advocate,” the Silver Spring Voice called him the “whiz kid” of the General Assembly, and the Takoma Voice named him Montgomery County’s 2007 “Most Responsive Elected Official.”  PolitickerMD.com in May 2008 named him “Maryland’s Smartest Legislator.”


• General Counsel, the National Rainbow Coalition
• Assistant Attorney General, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
• Teaching Fellow, Harvard University Government Department


J.D.., Harvard Law School
B.A., Harvard College


Overruling Democracy: The Supreme Court versus The American People. Routledge; 1St Edition edition , February 14, 2003.

We the Students : Supreme Court Cases for and About Students. CQ Press, April 2000.

Additional Issues: Church and State, Marriage Equality, The Meaning of Citizenship and Democracy, Religion and Politics

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