Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. Now in its 40th year, more than 650,000 high school students have participated since the competition’s inception in 1982.

The winner of the 2021 Congressional Art Competition for Maryland’s 8th District is Yun Ji Choi of Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda. There are 17 second-place honorees from Carroll, Frederick, and Montgomery Counties. 125 high schoolers from more than 30 schools participated in this year’s 8th District competition. …


TAKOMA PARK, M.D.Congressman Jamie Raskin and Sarah Bloom Raskin today released the following statement about their son Thomas (Tommy) Bloom Raskin:

“On January 30, 1995, Thomas Bloom Raskin was born to ecstatic parents who saw him enter the world like a blue-eyed cherub, a little angel. Tommy grew up as a strikingly beautiful curly-haired madcap boy beaming with laughter and charm, making mischief, kicking the soccer ball in the goal, acting out scenes from To Kill A Mockingbird with his little sister in his father’s constitutional law class, teaching other children the names of all the Justices on…


This year, as the Coronavirus hit our community and our nation, I launched a weekly video series featuring Marylanders in the 8th District who are acting creatively and bravely to help our community through the crisis. Since we began, we have recognized 40 outstanding and inspiring Marylanders as our local heroes in 2020 — check them out below.

Episode 1: Lisa Owen and Tina Hsu

Lisa Owen and Tina Hsu were the very first 8th District Local Heroes I featured for their amazing work organizing Glen Echo Heights to serve seniors, support food workers, donate to nonprofits and create masks. Click here to watch their interview.


Thrilled to announce the winner, by popular response, of our MD-08 Homemade Mask Competition: Walt Whitman High School Senior Grace McGuire! Our second place winner is Brigitta Mullican of Rockville and our third place winner is Peihan Orestes of Kensington — check out their creative masks!

Scroll to view our virtual gallery of all the mask entries, each one a testament to the ingenuity and artistry of the mask-maker.

Grace McGuire of Cabin John


Thrilled to announce the 2020 winner of the Congressional Art Competition in Maryland’s 8th Congressional District: Mastery by Chunlin An of Walt Whitman High School!

We also have 17 second-place honorees: Alex Li (Alone); Aurea Sellmeyer (Time); Devon Elliot (Yellowstone Pen and Ink Landscape); Gisselle Arias (Lost in Sound); Grace Tang (My Dog); Henry Haddon (Quiet Solitude); Isabella Khoury (Sammy); Jared Fischer (Balance); Jennifer Li (Hidden Faces); Jiahe Jin (A Pinch of Love); Julie Solonsky (Fireflies); Lillian Broeksmit (Ethereal Glow); Lily Chung (Warped Lenses); Lindsay Gaiser (Sea Turtle Composite); Mikayla Castaldi (Torn); Nadine Vos (Green Apples and Drinks); and Yunshu…


Statement of Congressman Jamie Raskin on The Killing of Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani and the Dangers of War with Iran

January 4, 2020

“The United States of America is a constitutional democracy. We must be governed by the rule of law and formal governmental deliberation or we will be governed by chaos, impulse and whim. The reason the Founders gave Congress and not the president the exclusive power to declare war is because they rejected the practice of monarchs distracting their populations from domestic problems by plunging them into foolish and destructive wars of vanity and political calculation against other…


Remarks Prepared for Delivery by Congressman Jamie Raskin
June 5, 2018

Principal Fernandez, Superintendent Smith, President Durso, Principal Sosik, Principal Tsonis, Principal Dimmick, Faculty and Staff, Coaches, Parents and Grandparents, Uncles and Aunts, Friends, Big Brothers and Little Sisters, Big Sisters and Little Brothers, and above all, the Einstein graduating Class of 2018.

Thank you for this honor.

I remember when I was in high school thinking how random it was that, out of billions of people on earth, I ended up going to school and graduating with this tiny and seemingly arbitrary group of people who I must confess…


During a House Oversight Committee hearing, Rep. Jamie Raskin (Md-08) slammed proposed cuts to SNAP, the country’s leading anti-hunger program.

Watch his remarks above or read the transcript below.

Opening Statement for Joint Hearing on “Program Integrity in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program”

House Oversight Committee, Subcommittee on the Intergovernmental Affairs
Congressman Jamie Raskin, Ranking Member
May 9, 2018

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I would like to thank our witnesses for being here today.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is our country’s most important anti-hunger program. SNAP reduces poverty and food insecurity and improves health and economic outcomes for over 42 million hungry Americans, especially children.

People receive an average of only…


(WASHINGTON, D.C.) — Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) offered the following remarks today regarding his opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to roll back regulations on glider vehicles:

I thank you for the opportunity to testify on this critical issue. Thank you to Bill Charmley, the Director of the Assessment and Standards Division in the Office of Transportation and Air Quality, for leading this panel, as well the rest of the staff of the Office of Transportation and Air Quality.

I also want to thank the various groups working to keep the public informed on this critical issue, including…


Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) offered the following remarks (as prepared for delivery) today regarding the acting Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFBP):

With passage of the historic Dodd-Frank legislation in 2010, Congress created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau as an independent Federal agency to protect American consumers in the financial marketplace. Since then, the CFPB has forced big banks, credit card companies, and others to return nearly $12 billion to the American people, with more than 29 million people winning some measure of fairness against the kinds of outrageous predatory schemes that led Congress to set up the…

Rep. Jamie Raskin

Proudly representing MD’s 8th District. Member of Judiciary, Oversight, Rules and House Administration Committees.

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