Democratic former Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown on Tuesday won a seat in the House of Representatives from the state's 4th Congressional District — and a measure of political redemption after his upset loss to Republican Larry Hogan in the 2014 gubernatorial election.
"If you believe in what you do, you get up and you get back to it," Brown said in a victory speech that recalled recalled the lessons his late father, a Jamican immigrant and doctor, taught him about recovering from defeat.
"I'm grateful the voters understand you gotta get up, and I'm grateful the voters gave me the opportunity to get back to it," Brown said.
The 54-year-old Mitchellville man will succeed Rep. Donna F. Edwards, who gave up the seat this year to run for the Senate seat left open by the retirement of Democratic Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski.
Edwards lost the Democratic primary in April to fellow Rep. Chris Van Hollen. Van Hollen won the election Tuesday to succeed Mikulski.
The reliably Democratic 4th District includes portions of Prince George's and Anne Arundel counties.
Brown, a Harvard-trained lawyer and retired Army colonel, won a highly competitive six-candidate Democratic primary race in April.
In the general election, he ran a campaign based largely on economic issues and his record as lieutenant governor under former Gov. Martin O'Malley. He said he wants to focus on building a responsive constituent service operation.
He beat Republican George E. McDermott, Libertarian Benjamin Lee Krause and the Green Party's Kamesha T. Clark.
He will join fellow Democrat Jamie Raskin, a veteran state senator from Montgomery County, in next year's House freshman class.
All eight of Maryland's House seats were on the ballot in Maryland Tuesday. The state's six incumbents — five Democrats and one Republican — all won reelection.