Protecting the environment, expanding renewable energy and combating Global Warming are crucial for our State and Country. I have worked to reduce Maryland’s reliance on carbon by supporting a ban on fracking and co-sponsored a bill to increase Maryland’s use of renewable energy to ensure Maryland continues to lead the nation on climate.
Standing up to Trump
It’s critical that Maryland has the tools to stand up to Trump’s agenda, which is why I eagerly supported granting Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh the authority to sue the federal government. Today the Attorney General can challenge the Trump administration over undocumented immigrants, refugees, health care and other issues critical to our State.
As a product of public schools, I understand how critical they are to ensuring every child gets a fair shot. I believe that we must continue to expand opportunity by bringing vital funding to our County, fending off efforts to privatize our public schools, and reducing the reliance on testing as a means to assess school success.
I believe that every Marylander should have access to affordable healthcare. During the 2017 legislative session, I proudly stood with my Democratic colleagues to pass legislation that protects Marylanders if the Affordable Care Act is repealed and if funding for Planned Parenthood is eliminated.
Paid Sick Leave
As the son of a single mom, I vividly recall her angst as she balanced staying home with me or getting paid for the day. During the 2017 legislative session, I was honored to co-sponsor legislation that would provide nearly 750,000 Marylanders with the security and knowledge that if they’re sick they can have the time to get better and continue to afford the basic necessities.
Together, my 21st District colleagues and I have:
- Secured record funding for Anne Arundel and Prince George’s County Public Schools
- Fought to ensure Laurel Hospital continues to operate and serve our community
- Secured funding for modernizing and expanding Route 175 in Odenton
- Obtained $7.1 million for Route 1 improvements
Ben was born on March 30, 1975, and spent the majority of his formative years in Prince George’s County. He was raised by his mom with the support of his grandmother, aunts, and uncles.
He is a graduate of Eleanor Roosevelt High School. After high school, he double majored in Economics and Political Science and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science from the University of North Carolina Greensboro.
After graduation, Ben secured a position with People for the American Way, a progressive advocacy organization, where he worked on many progressive issues such as civil rights and first amendment protections. During that time, he was elected as the National Committeeman for the Young Democrats of Maryland and later nominated and secured a position as the Vice Chair of the Prince George’s County Democratic Central Committee where he served for three years.