President Biden has nominated Prince George’s County Del. Erek Barron to become the next U.S. Attorney for Maryland — who would be the first Black person to hold the post, and the first Democrat in 20 years, if confirmed.
Barron, 47, a defense attorney, has been a member of the House of Delegates since 2015. Before that he worked stints as a federal prosecutor and as an assistant state’s attorney in Prince George’s and Baltimore. The Bowie resident has a direct tie to Biden: he worked as his counsel and policy adviser when Biden was a U.S. Senator from 2007 to 2009, and on the Obama-Biden transition team’s justice and civil rights review team.
Barron and seven other U.S. Attorney nominees announced Monday are the first to be put forward by the White House since Biden took over. Six are Black; three are women.