Experience: has represented the 7th District in Congress since 1996; member of Maryland House of Delegates from 1983-1996; past chairman of Congressional Black Caucus
Quote/top issue: "While some have noted that our local challenge is less devastating than the national unemployment rate, that observation is small solace to the working families who now are looking for work. Hardest hit have been African American communities, where the jobless rate has consistently been 50 percent worse than the overall national average. Throughout our nation and our state, hard-working families are out of work. There is no higher priority for me in Washington than helping these neighbors succeed."
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