Robert Garagiola

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Robert Garagiola
Maryland State Senate District 15
Former Member
In office
2003-September 1, 2013
Majority Leader, Maryland State Senate
2011-September 2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2002
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sRutgers University, 1994
J.D.George Washington University, 2001
Date of birthSeptember 5, 1972
Place of birthWarren, MI
ReligionRoman Catholic
Personal website
Campaign website
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Robert Garagiola is a former Democratic member of the Maryland State Senate, representing District 15 from 2002 to September 1, 2013. He served as the Majority Leader from 2011 to September 2013. He resigned in order to spend more time with his family.[1]

Garagiola earned his B.S in Political Science from Rutgers University in 1994 and his J.D. from George Washington University Law School in 2001.[2] He served in the United States Army Reserves from 1995 to 2001.

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Garagiola served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Garagiola served on these committees:


Transportation Tax Proposal

In the 2011 session, Garagiola proposed a tax package that would add $400 to $600 million per year into the transportation trust fund. He also proposed a constitutional amendment to put the money in a "lockbox"so it can't be used for other purposes, according to a article.[3]



Garagiola was endorsed by the SEIU on December 21, 2011.[4] The organization Greater Greater Washington has also endorsed Garagiola in the race for the 6th District.[5] Garagiola was endorsed by other noteworthy organizations League of Conservation Voters, the Sierra Club, as well as and numerous labor unions.[6] The organization Progressive Maryland has endorsed Garagiola in the race for Roscoe Bartlett's seat in the 6th District.[7][8] Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley endorsed Garagiola for the primary on March 29, 2012.[9]



See also: Maryland's 6th Congressional District elections, 2012

Garagiola ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Maryland's 6th District. Garagiola sought the nomination on the Democratic ticket, but he was defeated by John Delaney in the April 3, 2012, primary.[10]

The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run was January 11, 2012.[11]

U.S. House, Maryland, District 6 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Delaney 54.2% 20,414
Charles Bailey 4.2% 1,572
Rob Garagiola 29.1% 10,981
Ron Little 3% 1,131
Milad Pooran 9.5% 3,590
Total Votes 37,688


See also: Maryland State Senate elections, 2010

Garagiola defeated Republican candidate Dwight Patel by a margin of 25,648 to 14,570 in the November 2 general election.[12]

In the September 14 primary election, Garagiola ran unopposed.[13]

Maryland State Senate, District 15 (2010) General Election
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Robert Garagiola (D) 25,648 63.8%
Dwight Patel (R) 14,570 36.2%


On November 7, 2006, Garagiola ran for District 15 of the Maryland State Senate, beating Bill Askinazi.[14]

Garagiola raised $193,471 for his campaign.[15]

Maryland Senate, District 15
Candidates Votes Percent
Robert Garagiola (D) 27,788 65.8%
Bill Askinazi (R) 14,448 34.2%
Write-Ins 25 0.1%

Campaign donors


In 2010, a year in which Garagiola was up for re-election, he raised $212,107 in donations.[16]

His four largest contributors in 2010 were:

Donor Amount
First Colonies Anesthesia Associates $5,500
Seiu 1199 $4,500
Montgomery County Career Fire Fighters Association Local 1664 $4,250
Service Employees Dc & Maryland State Council 54 $4,000


In 2006, Robert Garagiola collected $193,471 in donations.[17]

His four largest contributors in 2006 were:

Donor Amount
Robert Garagiola $115,000
Maryland Trial Lawyers Association $6,500
Marylanders for Mike Miller $6,000
Maryland Realtors Association $5,350


Garagiola and his wife, Cindy, have three children.[18]

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  1., "Md. State Senator Resigns," June 6, 2013
  2. Robert Garagiola, Maryland State Senator
  4. Maryland Juice, "PHOTO: SEIU Endorses State Senator Rob Garagiola in MD 6th Congressional District" accessed March 12, 2012
  5. Greater Greater Washington, "For Maryland 6th Congressional district: Rob Garagiola" accessed March 23, 2012
  6. Rob Garagiola for Congress, "Endorsements," accessed March 23, 2012 (timed out)
  7. Hometown Annapolis, "Maryland gets C on Transparency" accessed March 26, 2012 (dead link)
  8. Progressive Maryland, "2012 Candidates" accessed March 26, 2012
  9. Washington Post, "Md Governor OMalley endorses Garagiola for Congress 5 days before the primary" accessed March 29, 2012
  10. The Baltimore Sun, "6th District candidates spar over jobs" accessed January 6, 2012
  11. Maryland State Board of Elections, "2012 Presidential Primary Election Results," accessed March 24, 2014
  12. Maryland State Board of Elections, "2010 General Election Official Results," accessed February 24, 2014
  13. Maryland State Board of Elections, "Official Primary Results," accessed February 24, 2014
  14. Maryland State Board of Elections, "Official 2006 Gubernatorial General Election results for State Senator," accessed February 24, 2014
  15. Follow the Money's report on Garagiola's 2006 campaign contributions
  16. Follow the Money, "Maryland 2010 - Candidates," accessed March 24, 2014
  17. 2006 contributors to Robert Garagiola
  18. Vote Smart Biography of Robert Garagiola
Political offices
Preceded by
Maryland Senate District 15
2003–September 2013
Succeeded by