- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 24, 2015

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland State Sen. Jamie Raskin says he is running for the congressional seat that will open when Rep. Chris Van Hollen runs for Senate.

Raskin, a Montgomery County Democrat, said in an interview Tuesday that he will formally announce his run for the 8th Congressional District next month. He says he is now focusing on finishing up work in the Maryland General Assembly’s session, which is scheduled to end April 13.

Raskin has been a state senator since 2007. He is a constitutional law professor at American University, and he is on the Senate’s Judicial Proceedings Committee.

Another Montgomery County Democrat, Del. Kumar Barve, also has announced he is running for the congressional seat.

Van Hollen is running to succeed Sen. Barbara Mikulski, who is not seeking re-election in 2016.

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