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By KATE S. ALEXANDER | kate.alexander@herald-mail.com | November 1, 2011
Maryland Senate Majority Leader Sen. Robert J. Garagiola Tuesday concluded his campaign kickoff tour for the 6th Congressional District in Washington County among supporters of the county Democratic Central Committee. Hagerstown was the final stop for the Montgomery County Democrat on a four-county tour of the redrawn 6th District, now held by Republican Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett who is seeking an 11th term.   Characterizing his record as a practical, common-sense approach to getting things done in Annapolis, Garagiola downplayed party affiliation in his work in the General Assembly, as well as in his bid for the 6th District, which was redrawn to bring more Democrats into what had been a mostly Republican Western Maryland district.
NEWS
October 31, 2011
State Sen. Robert J. Garagiola, D-Montgomery, Monday distributed more information about his campaign kickoff stop in Washington County Tuesday. Garagiola, who for months has said he's interested in running for the 6th Congressional District seat, has four campaign appearances scheduled for today as he officially announces his candidacy. After an 8:30 a.m. meet-and-greet at Moxie Bakery and Café in Frederick, a 10:30 a.m. speech in Germantown and a 2:30 p.m. meet-and-greet in Cumberland, Garagiola is scheduled to stop at Fountain Head Country Club near Hagerstown for a “press availability” at 5:30 p.m. Elizabeth Paul, the Washington County Democratic Central Committee's chairwoman, wrote in an email that Garagiola will talk to reporters then.
NEWS
January 22, 2013
Supporters of increasing Maryland's minimum wage want to raise it from $7.25 to $10 an hour by 2015. Sen. Rob Garagiola, D-Montgomery, and Delegate Aisha Braveboy, D-Prince George's, are sponsoring legislation. They joined supporters Tuesday in Annapolis. Supporters rallied outside the Maryland State House, holding signs that read: “we can't survive on $7.25” and chanting “raise the wage.” Garagiola says 19 states and the District of Columbia have a higher minimum wage than Maryland, which last raised the minimum wage in 2005.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | August 25, 2011
Washington County Democrats on Thursday welcomed two potential Democratic candidates for governor and Congress. Howard County Executive Ken Ulman, considered to be a possible 2014 gubernatorial candidate, spoke at the annual Washington County Democratic Central Committee picnic. He was followed by state Sen. Robert J. Garagiola of Montgomery County, the Senate majority leader, who is considering a 2012 bid for the 6th Congressional District seat in the U.S. House of Representives.
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | March 14, 2012
Editor's note: This is one in an occasional series of profiles about candidates running for election in the 6th Congressional District. State Sen. Robert J. Garagiola said he'll gladly compare his record to anyone else's in the 6th Congressional District race. The Montgomery County Democrat said he's particularly proud of working to expand Maryland's renewable energy, leading to an “explosion” of jobs in that industry. “I've done a number of bills, that I've authored, that I've done the heavy lifting on, I've rolled my sleeves up on, and moved the state forward on - on solar, on wind, on geothermal, on solar thermal ... on energy efficiency, on reducing energy consumption,” Garagiola said.
NEWS
October 24, 2011
Potential Congressional candidate picks up endorsements State Sen. Robert J. Garagiola hasn't committed yet to running for the 6th District Congress seat, yet on Monday, his campaign released a list of 17 Democratic state senators and delegates endorsing him, including two in the Washington County delegation. Monday's news release says Garagiola, the Senate majority leader, “is seriously considering a run for Congress in the Sixth Congressional District.” Last week, the Maryland General Assembly approved new congressional boundaries for the state.
OPINION
By GEORGE MICHAEL | April 13, 2012
President Obama and presidential candidate Mitt Romney won their respective Democratic and Republican primaries in Maryland last week. No surprises there. What was surprising, very surprising in fact, were the results in the 6th Congressional District. Republican Roscoe Bartlett and Democrat John Delaney won their races by 22 percent and 25 percent, respectively. It was expected that both races would be closer. The biggest losers from last week had to be Gov. Martin O'Malley and state Sen. Rob Garagiola.
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NEWS
January 22, 2013
Supporters of increasing Maryland's minimum wage want to raise it from $7.25 to $10 an hour by 2015. Sen. Rob Garagiola, D-Montgomery, and Delegate Aisha Braveboy, D-Prince George's, are sponsoring legislation. They joined supporters Tuesday in Annapolis. Supporters rallied outside the Maryland State House, holding signs that read: “we can't survive on $7.25” and chanting “raise the wage.” Garagiola says 19 states and the District of Columbia have a higher minimum wage than Maryland, which last raised the minimum wage in 2005.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | May 3, 2012
A legislative ethics committee has reprimanded state Sen.Robert J. Garagiolafor violating a financial disclosure statute by not declaring outside income for six years. However, the Maryland General Assembly's Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics noted that Garagiola, D-Montgomery, previously filed a conflict-of-interest form - calling that a “partially-mitigating element” - and decided a reprimand was enough. A letter from the committee's co-chairmen to Randa Fahmy Hudome of Potomac, Md., whose complaint triggered the review, said “further proceedings are not justified at this time because the violations have been cured, and, after consideration of all the circumstances, further proceedings would not serve the purposes of this subtitle.” Garagiola, the Senate majority leader, ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic nomination for Maryland's 6th Congressional District seat, losing to John Delaney in an April 3 primary.
OPINION
By GEORGE MICHAEL | April 13, 2012
President Obama and presidential candidate Mitt Romney won their respective Democratic and Republican primaries in Maryland last week. No surprises there. What was surprising, very surprising in fact, were the results in the 6th Congressional District. Republican Roscoe Bartlett and Democrat John Delaney won their races by 22 percent and 25 percent, respectively. It was expected that both races would be closer. The biggest losers from last week had to be Gov. Martin O'Malley and state Sen. Rob Garagiola.
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | March 29, 2012
State Sen.  Robert J. Garagiola  received a late campaign boost Thursday by winning the endorsement of Gov. Martin O'Malley in the race for Maryland's 6th Congressional District seat. Garagiola and John Delaney have sparred almost daily for the Democratic nomination, which will be decided in Tuesday's primary. They also have tried to outdo each other in endorsements, with Garagiola getting the backing of numerous labor unions, progressive groups and elected officials, and Delaney winning support from former President Bill Clinton, Maryland Comptroller Peter V.R. Franchot and two newspaper editorial boards.
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | March 14, 2012
Editor's note: This is one in an occasional series of profiles about candidates running for election in the 6th Congressional District. State Sen. Robert J. Garagiola said he'll gladly compare his record to anyone else's in the 6th Congressional District race. The Montgomery County Democrat said he's particularly proud of working to expand Maryland's renewable energy, leading to an “explosion” of jobs in that industry. “I've done a number of bills, that I've authored, that I've done the heavy lifting on, I've rolled my sleeves up on, and moved the state forward on - on solar, on wind, on geothermal, on solar thermal ... on energy efficiency, on reducing energy consumption,” Garagiola said.
NEWS
March 6, 2012
Date of birth : Sept. 5, 1972 Hometown : Germantown Education : bachelor's degree in political science from Rutgers University in 1994, law degree from George Washington University Law School in 2001 Occupation : attorney with Stein, Sperling, Bennett, De Jong, Driscoll, P.C. Party affiliation : Democrat Political experience : in his third term as a state senator; Senate majority leader since 2011;...
NEWS
February 23, 2012
Garagiola, Delaney sparring Two Democrats in the 6th Congressional District race - John Delaney and state Sen. Robert J. Garagiola - have been waging a news release war in the last several weeks, including: Garagiola's campaign accusing Delaney of an “assault on collective bargaining” because of a reference in the “Blueprint for Maryland” Delaney helped create. Delaney's campaign alleging that Garagiola is relying mostly on “special interest PACs and corporations” for campaign money.
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | January 2, 2012
Robin Ficker has homed in on one issue for his latest campaign signs: “No Gas Tax Hike.” With this mantra, Ficker is trying to win the Republican nomination for Maryland's 6th District seat in Congress while aiming at a leading Democratic hopeful, state Sen. Robert J. Garagiola. The Maryland General Assembly recently reshaped the 6th District, adding a bigger slice of Democrat-laden Montgomery County and giving Garagiola a better chance to win. Ficker has attacked Garagiola's support for raising Maryland's gas tax to replenish the Transportation Trust Fund and his votes to raise other taxes - including the state sales tax hike during the legislature's 2007 special session, an increase Ficker opposed.
OPINION
November 9, 2011
Garagiola's views are contradictory To the editor: Now that Sen. Robert Garagiola, D-Montgomery, has announced his intentions to run for Congress, the voters of Western Maryland should know where he stands.   According to The Herald-Mail, he “downplayed his party affiliation.”  This is in stark contrast to his record in Annapolis, where as the majority leader representing the Democratic party, he was the prime sponsor of both the gas tax and homosexual marriage, supported state tax dollars for illegal immigrants, has sponsored gun bans and, in 2007, voted for the largest tax increase in Maryland's history.
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