Prince George’s County attorney Erek Barron received confirmation late Thursday from the U.S. Senate to become Maryland’s first Black U.S. attorney for Maryland.
Barron, 47, who works as a partner at the law firm of Whiteford Taylor Preston with an office in northwest D.C., also became the first Democrat appointed to the position in Maryland in 20 years.
His official start date hasn’t been officially set.
“It’s official. Last night, the Senate confirmed Erek Barron to serve as our state’s U.S. Attorney,” Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Maryland), posted on Twitter on Friday and who recommended Barron for the post along with fellow Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin. “Erek brings to the table his experience both as a prosecutor and a tireless fighter for criminal justice reform in the House of Delegates. I know he’s work to deliver justice fairly to every Maryland, and we could not be more proud to have him lead the way as Maryland’s first Black U.S. Attorney.”
Barron (D-District 24) of Mitchellville didn’t immediately reply to a request for comment Friday.
Dels. Jazz Lewis and Andrea Fletcher Harrison also serve in District 24, so Barron’s seat will be available to represent the municipalities and communities that include Capitol Heights, Glenarden and Lake Arbor.
President Joe Biden nominated Barron on July 26 to the U.S. attorney position.
Barron served as Biden’s counsel and policy advisor when Biden worked as a senator between 2007 to 2009. During that same timeframe, Barron served in the same position to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee.
Barron, a state delegate since 2015, sponsored several pieces of legislation that passed in this year’s 90-day legislative session, including the creation of an independent Office of Inspector General for Health, a work group to study partial expungement and an equity resource program to reduce health disparities in underserved communities.
He previously worked as a Maryland prosecutor in both the state’s attorney offices in Prince George’s County (2001 to 2004) and in Baltimore City (2004 to 2006).
Jonathan Lenzer has been acting U.S. attorney for Maryland since he replaced Robert K. Hur, who announced in February he would step down after nearly three years as the first Asian American nominated by former President Donald Trump.
Barron received a congratulatory statement Friday from Maryland Reps. Steny Hoyer and Anthony Brown.
“Erek Barron has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to civil rights, equal justice, public safety and fair-minded reform throughout his career,” the Democratic lawmakers said. “This is a historic confirmation and a step forward for our state. We look forward to working alongside U.S. Attorney Barron to make our communities safer, deliver justice for Marylanders and protect the most vulnerable among us.”