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Jamie Raskin is the U.S. Representative for Maryland’s 8th congressional district. On January 12, 2021, Raskin was named the lead impeachment manager for the second impeachment of President Trump. He was the primary author of the impeachment article, which charged Trump with inciting an insurrection by sparking the storming of the Capitol.
As his first action in Congress in 2016, Raskin and several other members of House of Representatives objected to certifying the election of Donald Trump as president because of Russian interference in the election and voter suppression efforts. The objection could not be acted upon because it had to be sponsored by at least one member of each chamber, and it had no Senate sponsor.
Prior to being elected to the House of Representatives, Raskin was a member of the Maryland State Senate from 2007 to 2016. Raskin served as general counsel for Jesse Jackson’s National Rainbow Coalition (1989 – 1990). He was a constitutional law professor at American University Washington College of Law, where he co-founded and directed the LL.M. program on Law and Government and co-founded the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project. Raskin received a B.A. from Harvard College (magna cum laude) and a J.D. from Harvard Law School (magna cum laude), where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.
Congressman Raskin’s father, Marcus Raskin, was a staff aide to President John F. Kennedy on the National Security Council, and was a co-founder of the Institute for Policy Studies—and his mother, Barbara Raskin, a journalist and novelist.