About Jim

Jim Rosapepe is a champion of working and retired families, who has strongly supported efforts to create jobs, help small business, and protect senior citizens.

He works closely on local issues -- from schools and roads to development and crime control -- with the 21st District Delegates -- Barbara Frush, Joseline Pena-Melnyk, and Ben Barnes -- community leaders, Laurel and College Park officials, County Council members Mary Lehman, Dannielle Glaros and Andrew Pruski, US Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski, and US Congressmen Steny Hoyer, Donna Edwards, and John Sarbanes.

For twenty years in the Maryland legislature, he has fought to improve local public schols, boost the University of Maryland, and protect our environment. From 1987-97, he represented the 21st District in the Maryland House of Delegates, where he Vice Chaired the Ways and Means Committee. In 2006, Jim was elected to the Maryland Senate where he serves as co-chair of the Joint Technology Committee and Joint Committee on Management of Public Funds, on the Senate Education, Health, and Environment Committee where he co-chairs the Environment Subcommittee, and in the Senate Democratic Leadership.

In 1997, President Bill Clinton asked him to join his administration as U.S. Ambassador to Romania, where he worked to win friends for America and make the world safer.

Returning in 2001, Governor Glendening appointed Jim to the Board of Regents of the University System of Maryland, which governs the University. He continued to champion the College Park campus -- and he led the fight against Governor Bob Ehrlich's budget cuts to the University and against double digit tuition hikes. He helped draft and pass legislation to restore the cuts and cap tuition hikes. His term ended in 2006. .