Congressman Jamie Raskin and Sarah Bloom Raskin announced the passing of their son, Thomas (Tommy) Bloom Raskin, this morning at their home in Takoma Park. Tommy was 25.
After graduating from Montgomery Blair High School, Tommy attended and graduated from Amherst College. He was a second-year student at Harvard Law School.
At Blair, Tommy lead a peer tutoring program and was the president of the Young Democrats Club, according to Silver Chips articles from the time.
In a statement, Congressman Raskin wrote, “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.
“Tommy is survived by his beloved sisters Hannah and Tabitha, dozens of loving aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and grandparents Arlene Bloom and Lynn Raskin. The family is grateful for the outpouring of support and love from neighbors, constituents, and friends but asks everyone to observe strict COVID-19 protocols during this time of grief.”
Raskin’s statement did not list a cause of death, and said that funeral and memorial service arrangements will be released at a later date.
Congressman Raskin represents Maryland’s Eighth Congressional District, which includes much of Montgomery County. Before entering Congress in 2016, Raskin represented parts of Takoma Park and Silver Spring in the Maryland State Senate. Sarah Bloom Raskin was a governor of the Federal Reserve Board and Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Department during President Obama’s administration.
By Prayag Gordy
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