Maryland Representative Jamie Raskin, well-known for his prominent role in the impeachment proceedings against former President Donald Trump and the investigation into the January 6, 2021, insurrection, has declared that he will not be running for the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by the retiring Senator Ben Cardin.
According to Newsmax, Raskin, a fourth-term Democrat and the leading member of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, had been considering a run for the Senate but has decided to seek reelection in the House instead.
In a statement, Raskin explained that he believes the best way for him to make a significant impact on American politics in the coming years, including 2024, is to continue representing Maryland’s remarkable 8th District in the House of Representatives.
He acknowledged that under normal circumstances, he would likely be announcing his Senate candidacy, but given the extraordinary challenges faced by democratic institutions, freedom, social progress, human rights, and global opportunities, he feels compelled to remain in the House and continue fighting for these important causes.
Raskin, aged 60, had previously disclosed in April that he had successfully completed chemotherapy for diffuse large B-cell lymphoma and was in remission, with a 90% chance of no relapse. This was his second bout with cancer, having previously battled colorectal cancer in 2010.
In the Democratic primary for the Senate seat, Representative David Trone, Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks, and Montgomery County council member Will Jawando have already declared their candidacies.