The Washington Times - October 24, 2011, 05:02PM

Maryland Senate Majority Leader Robert J. Garagiola announced Monday that he has received endorsements from more than 15 state legislators in his potential run for Congress.

Mr. Garagiola, Montgomery Democrat, is expected to challenge Republican Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett in next year’s election in the 6th Congressional District. The senator said Monday he has received endorsements from four Democratic senators and several Democratic delegates, including House Majority Leader Kumar P. Barve, Montgomery Democrat.


“I am appreciative of the early support of so many of my colleagues,” Mr. Garagiola said in a statement. “I have heard from many state and local elected leaders, as well as others, who have urged me to run for Congress.”

Mr. Garagiola, 39, is one of several Democrats mulling runs against the 85-year-old Mr. Bartlett, who said last week he plans to seek reelection next year.

Mr. Garagiola has not formally announced his candidacy, but has registered a fundraising committee with the Federal Election Commission and said he expects to declare his intentions in the coming days.