Rep. Chris Van Hollen, the Montgomery County Democrat who is running for Senate, picked up the endorsement Sunday of former state Democratic party chairwoman Yvette Lewis.
Lewis, a former teacher who lives in Prince George's County, also will chair Van Hollen's statewide campaign. She announced in March she was stepping down from the post to spend more time with her family.
"Everyone who knows and has worked with Chris Van Hollen knows his extraordinary effectiveness and commitment to the people he represents," Lewis said in a statement.
Van Hollen is running for the seat that will be left vacant in 2017 by retiring Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski. The only other announced candidate so far is Rep. Donna F. Edwards of Prince George's County.