BA, philosophy, Swarthmore College; MA, public policy, Harvard University; JD, Georgetown University
Community groups involved in:
1991-94; board of directors, Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington; honorary board member, National Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross
Past political experience:
Member, U.S. House, 2003-present; Maryland State Senate, 1994-2002; Maryland House of Delegates, 1990-1994; Senior Advisor on Federal Affairs to Maryland's Governor , 1988-1990
What are the three main issues you wish to address during your campaign and how do you plan to address them?
1. We've made progress in rebuilding our economy, but my priority remains putting Americans back to work and easing the credit crunch on businesses and families. We must enact a balanced plan to reduce the deficit, while making key investments in education, transportation, research, technology, and manufacturing to keep America competitive.
2. We need an energy strategy, including initiatives to provide clean energy, to strengthen national security, boost jobs, and protect the Chesapeake Bay and our environment. We should ensure the successful implementation of the Health Care and Wall Street Reform legislation, and take steps to strengthen Medicare and Social Security.
3. We must keep our promises to our soldiers and all those who served our country in the Armed Forces and fully fund Veterans health care and the Post-9/11 GI Bill. We must maintain a strong national defense to protect our vital interests, prevent nuclear proliferation, and fight terrorist threats.