Delegate Erek L. Barron proudly represents Prince George's County in the Maryland General Assembly where he works on behalf of all Marylanders with a focus on transparent and accountable government, the economy, healthcare and criminal justice issues. As one of the few lawyer-legislators and practicing attorneys in the legislature, he brings a unique perspective that adds value to the General Assembly's work, no matter what the issue.
When he's not delving into public policy, Mr. Barron works as an attorney in private practice and is recognized annually as a "super lawyer" in Maryland and the District of Columbia. Currently, Mr. Barron is a litigator and counselor at the law firm of Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, LLP where he practices general litigation and counsels small businesses and nonprofits. Mr. Barron also serves as a leader in the legal profession, the Democratic party, and as a leading advocate on access to justice issues.
Prior to his private law practice Mr. Barron had a distinguished career in government. First, as a prosecutor in Prince George’s County, he prosecuted a variety of economic crimes and violent offenses. During this time, Mr. Barron was honored by the Maryland State’s Attorneys’ Association, the Maryland General Assembly, and the Governor for his exemplary service. Later, as a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice, Mr. Barron prosecuted criminal conspiracies and gang cases.
Next, Mr. Barron served as policy advisor to then-Senator Joseph R. Biden, Jr. and the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. He was counsel to the Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs and was responsible for a wide portfolio of domestic and international law enforcement issues. Finally, Mr. Barron capped his government service as an appointee to President Obama’s Transition Team where he worked with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and advised the President’s administration on justice and civil rights issues.
In his spare time, Mr. Barron serves the public through various national and local bar organizations and nonprofit boards. Currently, he is a board member and Immediate Past President of the J. Franklyn Bourne Bar Association, the premier organization for African-American attorneys in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties. He has also served as a board member of the Maryland Legal Aid Bureau, Inc. and the Maryland Public Defender’s Office, focusing on improving legal services for the poor, pro bono, and mentorship.
Mr. Barron’s community service activities within his neighborhood and Prince George’s County are extensive. He has served as a member of the board of his homeowners’ association and on the board of the Lake Arbor Foundation, Inc. and he has been an advisor to the Coalition of Adoption Programs of Prince George’s County. He is also a past member and officer of the Prince George’s County Democratic Central Committee.
Mr. Barron is a graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park, The George Washington University Law School and received a Master of Laws from the Georgetown University Law School. He lives in Mitchellville, Maryland with his wife, Taria Barron, who is also an attorney. They worship at Reid Temple, AME in Glenn Dale, Maryland.
Thank you for your interest in the Delegate Scholarship for the 2016-2017 Academic Year. To apply, simply follow the link below and carefully follow the instructions and send in all necessary materials. Please keep in mind that only degree-seeking students who are residents of District 24 are eligible for this scholarship. Additionally, you may only use the scholarship for an in-state school unless the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) identifies your major as "unique." Contact MHEC for more information on unique majors.
The deadline for your materials to be postmarked is May 23, 2016. If you have questions or issues, call the Annapolis office at (410) 841-3692 or (301) 858-3692 or via email at Erek.Barron@house.state.md.us.