Senator Bobby Zirkin

District 11 Sen. Bobby Zirkin has been a proponent of a bill that would create a "hyrbrid" school board, made up of both elected and appointed members. (Glenn Fawcett/Baltimore Sun / March 25, 2009)

Sen. Bobby Zirkin announced his reelection campaign Monday and said in an interview that he considered not running for a fifth term in the General Assembly after a "very, very hard session" that kept him away from his two young children.

Zirkin, a 42-year-old criminal defense attorney and Baltimore County Democrat, was elected to the House of Delegates in 1998 and to the state Senate in 2006. He serves on the Senate's Judicial Proceedings Committee, which this session oversaw passage of Gov. Martin O'Malley's gun-control legislation. 

In an email to supporters, Zirkin said he was proud of working to pass legislation that addresses the juvenile justice system, among other accomplishments and that he was seeking another term.