Kumar Barve


Social Justice

After spending more than a decade as House Majority Leader and today as the Chair of the Environment & Transportation Committee, Kumar has been on the front lines of the fight for Social Justice in Maryland. His progressive legislation made Maryland a leader in the fight for justice, and paved way for other states to enact similar reforms.

Choice: As the former Treasurer of Maryland NARAL, Kumar has spent his career defending reproductive freedom and choices. He has will stand up to efforts to defund Planned Parenthood and right-wing attempts to deny women access to health care and reproductive choices. Specifically, this year Barve worked to support Planned Parenthood in Maryland from the threat of Federal defunding under the Trump Administration. 

Standing Up For What’s Right: Kumar was a chief sponsor of Maryland’s DREAM Act, which gives the children of undocumented immigrants the opportunity to attend the state’s community colleges and state universities as well as being an early and vocal opponent against “English language only” legislation proposed by several Maryland counties.

Equality for All: Over the past two decades Kumar has fought for LGBTQ+ rights. He was the chief sponsor of Maryland’s marriage equality bill, leading the way to becoming one of the first states in the nation to pass landmark marriage equality legislation. In addition, Kumar worked to outlaw discrimination of LGBTQ+ individuals in employment and accommodations.


House Majority Leader Kaiser Supports Congessional Bid Rockville, MD, October 14, 2015 - Delegate Kumar Barve won the endorsement today of Maryland House of Delegates Majority Leader Anne Kaiser, a leading voice in the LGBT community. Barve is a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives 8th District seat currently held by Rep. Chris Van Hollen, who is running for the Senate. "For more than 20 years, Kumar Barve has been the reasonable, progressive voice voters have trusted to protect the environment, promote our shared values, and champion our causes. As Majority Leader, Kumar …

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Statement on Valerie Ervin

Kumar Barve statement on the withdrawal of Valerie Ervin from the 8th Congressional District.   "Valerie Ervin has been a long-time progressive advocate for working families in Montgomery County and her voice in this campaign for Congress will be missed.  She is correct to point out that too much attention is paid to fundraising and that our political system does not make it easy for women, people of color, and the non-wealthy, to compete on a level playing field.  And I agree that we must recruit and train more women and people of color to run for office."

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