Maryland Senate Majority Leader Robert A. Garagiola (D-Montgomery), once among the state’s brightest young political stars, said Wednesday he plans to resign his seat this fall and has no plans to seek elected office.
Garagiola, 40, who lost a Democratic primary for Congress last year that he was heavily favored to win, said his decision to step down was driven largely by his desire to spend more time with his three children, ages 15, 13 and 12.
“I’m an active and involved senator,” Garagiola said in an interview. “It’s very difficult to do the job I want to do and spend as much time as I want with my kids. . . . It is time for me to be a father first to them, and I realize as I watch them grow and become young adults that I won’t be able to get this time back.”
Garagiola, a member of the Senate since 2003, said he also had launched a law practice a year ago that was contributing to the challenges of juggling his responsibilities as a lawmaker and single father.