U.S. Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.-03) will not seek re-election after his current term is completed. He will be releasing a seat he has occupied for 16 years. Maryland Sen. Sarah Elfreth (D-Md.-30) has already announced her run for the third congressional seat. (Photo courtesy of Capital News Service)

By Tashi McQueen,
AFRO Political Writer,

Speaking of running for office, another congressional seat has opened up for the 2024 election after U.S. Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.-03) announced he will not run for re-election on Oct. 26.

“My siblings and I grew up with the teaching that there are many ways to serve. Being in Congress is one of them — a truly humbling opportunity to make a difference. But before coming to Congress, I also found great reward in working with nonprofits, volunteering and otherwise contributing to my community. That too is a powerful form of public service,” said Sarbanes. “For some time now, I have found myself drawn back to that kind of work — wanting to explore the many opportunities to serve that exist outside of elected office. With that in mind, I have decided not to seek re-election in 2024.”

Sarbanes will have served 18 years at the end of his ninth  term on January 3rd, 2025. 

“Looking back on my nine terms in Congress, I feel an enormous sense of gratitude and accomplishment,” said Sarbanes. “I’m excited about starting a new chapter, but for now, there’s still much to do in the remaining fourteen months of the 118th Congress, and that’s where all my energy and attention will be.”

Five people have already filed for the open seat including Lindsay Donahue (D) and Berney Flowers (R). Maryland Sen. Sarah Elfreth (D-Md.-30) also announced her run for the third congressional seat.

“Today, surrounded by friends, family and supportive colleagues, I announced my campaign to become the next Congresswoman from MD-03,” said Elfreth via X (formerly known as Twitter). “With your help we’re going to win and change Congress for the better.”

Tashi McQueen is a Report For America Corps Member.