This story was clarified on Sept. 8, 2014. An explanation follows the story.
Rep. John K. Delaney (D-Dist 6) is just finishing up his first term in Congress and is ready for more.
“I love what I’m doing and I feel like I’m making a difference,” the Potomac Democrat said.
In particular, Delaney is excited about his Partnership to Build America Act, introduced in May 2013.
“My bipartisan infrastructure bill would create over a million jobs and has over 40 Republican and 40 Democratic cosponsors,” Delaney wrote in an email.
Getting the bill passed in what many consider a “do-nothing” Congress is a big hurdle, one Delaney said he thinks he can overcome because of his efforts to gather bipartisan support.
“We’ve got to change the culture of Congress and reform the system to produce better results,” he wrote.
Other key issues facing the country and his constituents are jobs and election reform, Delaney said in his email.
“One way to spark job growth in the short and long term is to rebuild the infrastructure,” he wrote. “We can’t compete globally with an infrastructure network built in the 1960s.”
As for voting reform, Delaney has introduced a bill that creates open primaries so independents can vote; starts a process of redistricting that eliminates gerrymandered districts; and makes Election Day a national holiday so more people have the time to vote.
“Better elections, better districts and more people voting will go a long way to changing Congress for the better,” he wrote.
Delaney is one of three candidates in the 6th District, which runs from the far western border of Maryland to the Capital Beltway and River Road in Bethesda. It covers Allegany, Garrett and Washington counties, plus parts of Frederick and Montgomery counties.
The other candidates are Republican Daniel Bongino and George Gluck of the Green Party.
Following the 2010 census, the district — long represented by Republican Roscoe Bartlett — was redrawn for the 2012 election. That, Delaney said, gave him the opportunity to jump into politics.
“I always wanted to spend a good part of my life doing public service,” he said. “This gives me a platform for being creative and introducing new ideas.”
Delaney, 51, lives in Potomac, just outside his district. A representative need not reside within the district he represents, just within the state.
Before running for public office, Delaney, who graduated from Columbia University in New York and Georgetown University law school, was a successful businessman. He founded two businesses that became New York Stock Exchange-listed companies: HealthCare Financial Partners, which offers loans to health care providers, and CapitalSource, which makes commercial loans to small and midsized companies.
“I think about things differently because I have so much experience in the private sector,” Delaney said.
The general election will be Nov. 4, with early voting Oct. 23-30.
Explanation: Representatives need not live in the district they represent, only in the state. The original version said that was the case in Maryland; it’s the case in all states.