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 -- Joseline Pena-Melnyk, Ben Barnes, and Mary Lehman -- community leaders, Laurel and College Park officials, County Council members Mary Lehman, Dannielle Glaros, Deni Taveras, and Andrew Pruski, US Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, and US Congressmen Steny Hoyer, Anthony Brown, and John Sarbanes.
As our Senator, 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 Vice Chair of the Senate Budget and Tax Committee, and in the Prince George's and Anne Arundel Delegations.
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.