Thanks to the support of constituents and friends across the region, I have been able to serve in the Maryland General Assembly. Over the last 12 years, I have always voted my conscience placing my constituents’ best interests above anything else. As I promised 12 years ago, my votes have reflected fiscal conservatism combined with a great concern for protecting open space and saving the Chesapeake Bay. I continue to remain an independent thinker, placing policy before party.

I believe in both sharing my views on specific issues as well as my long term vision for the state with voters. At the same time, I want to foster a dialogue and hear from others on these very same issues. Hearing from you about your priorities for your family, community, and our state is always appreciated. I am just an email or phone call away and I encourage you to share your thoughts, opinions, and concerns regarding issues important to you. Additionally, if I can ever be of any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Story Time at Towson Library

Earlier this year I was honored to have the opportunity to read to children during story time at the Towson Library. The interaction with the kids was priceless, and I can’t wait to go back and do it again!

Story Time at the Towson Library

Ridgely Manor Park

On August 30, I was honored to join Councilman David Marks, representatives from the County Executive’s Office, and community leaders in helping dedicate Ridgely Manor Park, the first park to open along the Loch Raven Boulevard corridor in a half-century. Together we worked with the Hess Corporation, the Ridgely Manor Community Association, and NeighborSpace of Baltimore County to convert a contaminated area of the community into green space for the neighborhood.

Ridgely Manor Park Dedication August 2014

Hybrid School Board Bill Signing

On May 15, 2014, Governor Martin O’Malley signed SB 290, a bill to create a hybrid school board in Baltimore County. I was proud to sponsor the bill, and honored to be surrounded several friends and advocates for an accountable public school board. Below are two pictures from that day. (click for the originals)
Balt Co Hybrid School Board bill signed

TABCO Endorses State Senator James Brochin

Date: March 5, 2014

State Senator James Brochin (D-42) endorsed by the Teachers Association of Baltimore County (TABCO).

State Senator Jim Brochin is pleased to announce that he has been endorsed by the Teachers Association of Baltimore County (TABCO). TABCO represents over 6,500 teachers in Baltimore County Public School. TABCO President Abby Beytin says TABCO is “proud to endorse Senator Brochin given his long history of dedicated support to Baltimore County Teachers. He has proven that education is a top priority by fighting for quality learning environments.”

In his 12 years in the Maryland Senate, Brochin has been a leading advocate for schools in the 42nd Legislative District. He was instrumental in getting West Towson Elementary School built, fought tirelessly for air conditioning at Ridgely Middle School, helped get the expansion at Stoneleigh Elementary School, and he has been a fierce proponent of an elected school board.