December 5, 2011
State Sen. Nancy Jacobs said Monday she has launched an exploratory committee to consider a run for Congress from Maryland’s 2nd Congressional District, the seat currently held by Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger.
Jacobs, who stepped down as Republican Senate leader in October, filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission late last week that will allow her to raise money for the race. The filing was not available on the agency’s website Monday.
“Congress exists to serve the people and they are failing miserably,” Jacobs said in a statement. “It’s time to shake things up in D.C.”
Jacobs, 60, became the Senate’s first female GOP leader this year but stepped down 10 months later to consider running for another office. In the Senate, she has focused on criminal justice legislation – including measures to address gang violence and higher minimum penalties for sexual offenses against children.
But Jacobs will face an uphill climb against Ruppersberger, whose district became more Democratic in the congressional redistricting this year. Ruppersberger won with 64 percent of the vote in 2010.