New Member: Democrat Anthony Brown Elected in Maryland’s 4th District

Incumbent Rep. Donna Edwards vacated seat for a Senate run

Democrat Anthony Brown won the open seat election for Maryland's 4th Congressional District against Republican challenger George McDermott. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Democrat Anthony Brown will defeat Republican George McDermott in Maryland's 4th District, The Associated Press projects.

Brown led McDermott 82 percent to 15 percent with 62 percent of precincts reporting.

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The seat opened when incumbent Democratic Rep. Donna Edwards left to run for Maryland’s open Senate seat. She lost in the primary to Rep. Chris Van Hollen, now the senator-elect after his general election victory Tuesday night.  

A sprawling suburban district with a black-majority population, Maryland’s 4th District stretches from the eastern and southern borders of Washington, D.C., to the outskirts of Annapolis.

Coming into Election Day, the race was rated Safe Democrat by The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report/Roll Call.

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Brown was familiar to most voters, having previously served two terms as state lieutenant governor under Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley. But he suffered a surprise defeat in the 2014 gubernatorial election at the hands of Republican Larry Hogan.

He bounced back in April, winning the 4th District’s Democratic primary, which was tantamount to winning the seat, considering there are more than four times as many registered Democratic voters as registered Republicans in the district.

Now a retired colonel in the Army Reserve, Brown was deployed to Iraq for about 10 months in 2004 and 2005 with a civil affairs unit and ended up as an adviser to the Iraqi ministry of displacement and migration, working in tandem with the Red Crescent and United Nations agencies on refugee and resettlement problems.

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