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Maryland Congressman Jamie Raskin announces loss of son

Rep. Jamie Raskin
Posted at 8:08 PM, Dec 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-31 20:13:58-05

Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) and Sarah Bloom Raskin announced the loss of their son Thomas (Tommy) Bloom Raskin, 25, on Thursday.

Tommy was a second-year student at Harvard Law School and a graduate of Amherst College.

“Tommy was pure magic. His brilliance and compassion knew no bounds. He passionately loved his family, friends, and animals, and was devoted to the cause of the global poor. We are devastated and demolished to be without him.”

He is survived by his sisters Hannah and Tabitha, dozens of loving aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and grandparents Arlene Bloom and Lynn Raskin.

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball released a statement on Thursday on the loss of Tommy.

"Tonight, our thoughts and sympathies are with my friend Rep. Jamie Raskin and his wife, former Deputy Secretary of Treasury, Sarah Bloom Raskin, and the Raskin family over the loss of their son, brother, and beloved, Thomas Bloom Raskin.

Like his mother and father, Tommy was dedicated to making our world a better place by lifting up the most vulnerable amongst us. From working on Middle East policy at the Friends Committee on National Legislation to the rigors of Harvard Law school, this young man was destined to do great things nationally and abroad.

Losing a child is an unthinkable tragedy and on behalf of Howard County residents, our prayers are with the Raskin family as we wish them strength over the days, weeks, and years ahead to overcome such a devastating loss."

Funeral and memorial service arrangements will be released in due course.