Del. Cardin takes steps toward 2014 run for AG

The Daily Record Staff and Wire Reports

ANNAPOLIS — State Del. Jon Cardin has launched an exploratory committee to consider running for Maryland attorney general in 2014.

Cardin, a lawyer and Democrat, announced the committee’s formation Monday. He joined the state House of Delegates in 2003 and is serving his third term. He holds the Baltimore County seat once occupied by his uncle, now-U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin, who served from 1967 until he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1986. Ben Cardin was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2006 and re-elected to a second six-year term earlier this month.

According to a report in the Gazette newspapers of Montgomery County, Jon Cardin will be holding a fundraiser for the exploratory committee on Dec. 4 at a private home in Baltimore.

Del. Cardin, 42, earned his undergraduate degree from Tufts University and a law degree from the University of Maryland. He also has master’s degrees in policy sciences from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and in Judaic studies from Baltimore Hebrew University.

In the House, Cardin is a member of the Ways and Means Committee and chairs its Election Law Subcommittee, among his other assignments. He has chaired the Maryland Bicycle and Pedestrian Caucus since 2005.

State Sen. Brian E. Frosh, who chairs the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, is also eyeing a run for attorney general if the incumbent, Douglas F. Gansler, opts to run for governor in 2014.

Frosh, D-Montgomery County, formed an exploratory committee in October and held a fundraiser earlier this month.