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Robert Garagiola

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Robert Garagiola
Maryland State Senate District 15
In office
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 12
Majority Leader, Maryland State Senate
Base salary$43,500/year
Per diem$142/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2002
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sRutgers University, 1994
J.D.George Washington University, 2001
Date of birthSeptember 5, 1972
Place of birthWarren, MI
ReligionRoman Catholic
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Personal website
Campaign website
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Robert Garagiola has been a Democratic member of the Maryland State Senate since January 8, 2003. He currently serves as Majority Leader. Garagiola was a 2012 Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. House representing the 6th Congressional District of Maryland. Garagiola was defeated by John Delaney in the Democratic primary on April 3, 2012.[1]


Garagiola earned his Bachelors Degree in political science at Rutgers University in 1994. Garagiola earned his Juris Doctor at George Washington University Law School in 2001.[2]


From 1995 to 2001 Garagiola served in the U.S. Army Reserves earning a parachutist badge in 2000, and a medal of commendation in 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:

District 15

Garagiola represents Maryland Senate District 15. District 15 includes Montgomery County.[2]


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, representing 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 of Representatives-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

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Garagiola and his wife Cindy live in Germantown, MD with their 3 children.[18]

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