Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images
July 20, 2010
Party affiliation: Democrat
Education: BS from University of Maryland, JD from Georgetown University
Experience: Serving his 14th term in Congress; elected House Majority Leader in 110th Congress in November 2006; former president of Maryland Senate
Quote/top issue: Persuaded Navy to relocate 5,000 high-tech jobs to the Patuxent River Naval Station, and helped preserve 3,000 jobs at the Naval Surface Warfare Center at Indian Head and 1,600 jobs at St. Inigoes; brought 4,000 IRS jobs to New Carrollton; led the effort to stop a Republican attempt to move the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center from Greenbelt in 1995. He brought 950 new jobs to the FDA facility at College Park, and was instrumental in having National Archives II built at the University of Maryland, College Park.