Democratic U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen is expected to endorse Rushern L. Baker III for governor Friday in Landover, returning a favor the Prince George's County Executive extended to him in 2016.
Baker is one of eight candidates for the Democratic nomination in the June 26 primary, which will choose an opponent to Republican Gov. Larry Hogan. Van Hollen, from Montgomery County, is one of the state’s best-known Democrats and his is a coveted endorsement.
When Van Hollen was in a hotly contested race against Rep. Donna Edwards for the senatorial nomination in 2016, Baker endorsed him even though Edwards comes from Baker’s county.
In a news release, Baker said he and Van Hollen are expected to address the impact of the Trump administration’s proposed changes to the U.S. health care system during an event at the Wayne K. Curry Sports and Learning Center. The two men served together in the General Assembly — Baker in the House and Van Hollen in the Senate — between 1995 and 2003.
Van Hollen was elected to the U.S. House in 2002 and Baker became county executive in 2010.