Del. Arora announces he won’t seek re-election to Maryland House of Delegates

November 1, 2013

Maryland Del. Sam Arora (D-Montgomery) told supporters Friday that he won’t seek a second term in next year’s elections.

“When my term of office concludes in January 2015, I plan to return full time to my work in the private sector,” Arora said in a blog post on his Web page. “I look forward to continuing to advocate for working families, job growth and better government as a private citizen.”

Arora, 32, is perhaps best known in Annapolis for his reversal on legislation legalizing same-sex marriage. After co-sponsoring the bill in 2011, he wound up opposing the legislation, angering gay-rights supporters and fellow delegates.

While his re-election prospects in District 19 were far from certain, Arora told The Post Friday that his electability did not factor heavily into his thinking.

“While, candidly, you can never take re-election for granted, my decision was based upon whether I could govern well, be a good leader, be a good husband and father -- and do it all at the same time,” Arora said in an email.


Sam Arora (Courtesy Sam Arora).

Outside the legislature, Arora is vice president for business development at the Arora Group, a Montgomery County business that provides health care services to military veterans and active-duty personnel and their families.

John Wagner has covered Maryland government and politics for The Post since 2004.
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