BURTONSVILLE- It’s time for U.S. Representative John Sarbanes to take the fifth – his fifth term, that is. Congressman Sarbanes recently announced he is running for his fifth term as District 3 Congressional Representative. Congressman Sarbanes is one of three congressmen with jurisdiction in Montgomery County and represents parts of East County such as Brookville, Burtonsville, parts of Olney, White Oak, Silver Spring, and other neighborhoods on the route 29 corridor.
“I’m a resource to the people in the third district when it comes to their needs around social security, Medicare, veterans benefits, everyday concerns people have. They look to their congressional representative to navigate those issues when they come up and we’re very proud of the work we do when it comes to constituent service, so I guess that is the number one reason. We’ve done a good job and we can continue to do that job and of course participate in these very pressing discussions,” said Rep. Sarbanes.
Rep. Sarbanes, the son of former third district congressman and long-term senator Paul Sarbanes, grew up in Baltimore. He is a Harvard-educated former lawyer who has held the seat since 2007. His districts include parts of Howard County, Baltimore County, Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City and Montgomery County.
“The third district has parts of five jurisdictions included within it and it just puts a premium on being a good listener and spending a lot of time in the district and I’m able to do that because I go from Washington to my home everyday. That’s pretty rare. Most members of congress don’t have that opportunity but I do and I take full advantage of it. I do everything I can to keep my finger on the community and that includes attending community meetings… you find a way to connect the citizens and businesses and community organizations in every part of your district and if you’re listening carefully and being respectful, then I think you can learn a lot and you can translate that into good constituent service,” said Rep. Sarbanes.
Rep. Sarbanes recently introduced a bill, H.R. 20, cosponsored by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and known as the “Government by the People Act” for campaign financing reform. The bill will create a system where small donations will be met with multiple matching funds or a public financing option for House elections.
“I think the members of congress would like to collaborate, cooperate more, but there are things that get in the way of this. One is the tremendous impact of money on the system,” said Rep. Sarbanes. “The time the members of congress spend raising money, which takes time away from focusing on the legislation. It also takes time away from building relationships with your colleagues and developing the trust that becomes the basis of compromise and collaborating and transcending the partisanship but so much time is taken away from those things to raise the money that is needed to run competitive campaigns.”