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"Giant leap" for a Freshman Senator

He was sworn in less than 10 months ago, and Sen. Jamie Raskin (D-Montgomery) is already moving up in the Senate.

He's moving his seat up a row.

As a freshman, he was assigned to the back row. Now, he's no longer a "back bencher."

Raskin enjoyed his new digs on the opening day of the special session yesterday.

The change in seat assignment comes thanks to the resignation of Sen. P.J. Hogan (D-Montgomery), and Nancy King's appointment to fill his seat. King became the newest freshman in the Senate, which
led to Raskin's "promotion."

"One small seating change in the Senate, one giant leap for a freshman Senator," Raskin joked.

"I welcome Senator King to the Senate and thank her for helping to make this little promotion possible," Senator Raskin said. "I loved the back bench, but I am honored to move forward a little bit."

Raskin said Senate President Thomas Mike V. Miller (D-Calvert) called him into his office and said he was once a "back bencher, and he is where he is now."

"It's good to know there's lateral mobility on the Senate floor," Raskin said.

By Ovetta Wiggins  |  October 30, 2007; 10:05 AM ET
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