September 23, 2021

Van Hollen, Cardin Applaud Judiciary Committee Approval of Delegate Erek Barron to be U.S. Attorney for District of Maryland

Senators recommended Delegate Barron to President Joe Biden

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) applauded the Judiciary Committee’s approval of Delegate ErekBarron to be the U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland.

“Maryland needs a U.S. Attorney with integrity, independence, and a passion for delivering equal justice under the law to Marylanders. Erek Barron’s background as both a prosecutor and state legislator committed to criminal justice reform measures makes him uniquely qualified for this position. We are pleased that the Judiciary Committee favorably recommended Erek to be the next U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland and that his nomination will now to move consideration by the full Senate,” the Senators said. “We will continue working towards his swift approval by the full Senate so he can take charge of our federal efforts to improve public safety and deliver justice for all Marylanders.”

Delegate Erek Barron represents District 24 (Prince George’s County) in the Maryland House of Delegates. He was nominated to be the U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland by President Biden on July 26, 2021.  If confirmed by the Senate, Barron would fill the position previously held by U.S. Attorney Robert Hur.  Hur resigned in February 2021 shortly after President Biden took office.  Jonathan Lenzner has been serving as Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland since that time. Barron would be the first Black U.S. Attorney in Maryland’s history.