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Zirkin Considers Life Outside the Senate

After 16 years in the General Assembly, Bobby Zirkin is thinking about not running for re-election.

Bobby Zirkin is considering a life outside elected office.

For the first time since being first elected to the House of Delegates in 1998, the now state Senator says he's thinking more about his relationships with his two young daughters than his political relationships in Annapolis.

"The most important thing to me is to be a father who does his best not to miss anything," Zirkin said. "I don't want to miss any parent-teacher conferences or any softball games.

"It's also not simple to run a business and be in the senate at the same time," said Zirkin, who has his own law practice in Owings Mills. "It's a very challenging thing."

Zirkin represents the 11th District, which currently includes Owings Mills, Pikesville and a portion of Timonium. He is the latest elected official to discuss the possibility of leaving public life. Earlier this week, Democratic Dels. Steve DeBoy and Jim Malone announced they would not seek re-election next year.

Since the session ended on April 8, speculation has swirled around Zirkin's retirement—a reality the senator said he is considering.

"I've made no iron-clad decisions but I am thinking about my political future," Zirkin said.

Zirkin said he drove back and forth from Annapolis during the 2013 session in order to spend as much time as possible with his two daughters—Sophie, 5, and Emma, 3 and his wife Tina.

"The most important thing in my life is my family," Zirkin said. "I have two small children and whatever decision I make will be all about them. I love the Senate and the public policy debates even when they are controversial. It's hard to juggle all those things, to keep all those balls in the air. The balls I refuse to let drop are my kids. I don't want to miss anything with them."

Zirkin repeated that he has not made a decision and declined to offer a timeline for when he would make any announcement about his political future.

"It was a very trying session," Zirkin said. "I just want to spend time with my family and my law practice."

jack friese April 19, 2013 at 05:06 PM
Should we thank Deboy for his participation in the 1991 sexual harassment & 250K payment to Ms. Fiedler, a female BCP officer? What has Deboy, Malone, Bozo, or Kasemeyer done for their constituents? I hope Kasemeyer will join the other three and "reitre", into some taxpayer funded boondoggle.How much will they be getting from the State when they "retire"?. I'd like to know what Kasemeyer, Bozo, Deboy and Malone have done to help their constituents.We are worse off and poorer for having them misrepresent us.They all would loose in 2014. Malone and Deboy had four years to help my son who is stuck in DHR swamp. He has been abused in 3 of 4 foster homes. Meccas Place, the lawyers appointed by DHR and paid more than 3.5 million dollars by DHR since 2009 have done nothing to advocate for my son. They are more interested in sticking millions of dollars into their bank account. They routinely ignore the annotated code and violated the code. Then Judy Schagrin, the deputy of DHR writes a letter of reference for Stephanie Franklin the owner of Meccas Place. Why were 8 law firms paid 16.1 million to supposedly represent CINA/TPR cases? Toy and Franklin are purposeful tools who suck up to DHR because in the final analysis they are only interested in sucking millions of dollars from Md taxpayers. There is no accountability Mr. Gansler? For your office to allow these criminals at DHR to ignore the annotated is disgraceful. An outside investigation is needed.
Computer Guy April 19, 2013 at 05:20 PM
Good! Either he is a lawyer or a worthless politician! Choose 1.
Steve April 19, 2013 at 06:01 PM
That would be a shame if he did retire. He was truly one of the most effective elected officials in the state. He isn't a fence sitter and he's not afraid to tell you exactly what he thinks about a particular issue.
Jim Jones April 19, 2013 at 06:40 PM
Zirkin an "independent voice"? I don't think so. Zirkin is a political animal, and will seek a higher office. He is bought and paid for by thr trial lawyers associations. He worked against law enforcement officers in 2006 as a Delegate. And because of his actions, those officers still have recruiting problems. There should be term limits. Enough is enough.
Steve April 19, 2013 at 06:53 PM
"Zirkin an "independent voice"? I don't think so." LOL You believe in ghosts too.
RKFox April 19, 2013 at 07:06 PM
Jim jones. You are lying. Zirkin has been supported by law enforcement his entire career.
Donald Lehr April 19, 2013 at 07:09 PM
Most of them have been in to long and they all need to retire
Bryan P. Sears April 19, 2013 at 09:32 PM
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ddbs00 April 20, 2013 at 01:24 AM
What a martyr Zirkin is to sacrifice time with his family to serve the people. This is the same guy I've seen standing around Trader Joe's waiting to be recognized while his family stood around looking bored.
Jasonsuegel April 20, 2013 at 01:51 AM
Mr. sears. You allow these people to just say whatever lies and slander happen to come into their minds. Example this last comment. Anyone who knows Zirkin knows he's a family guy. He's a friend even when I disagree with him. Some moron gets to write that he has seen zirkin at trader joes. Wow. Exciting life ddbs00. You have a lot of gutless readers who throw bombs from the cheap seats. Not one of them has the guts to put themselves out there I thank Zirkin Brochin cardin and the rest for actually putting themselves out there and trying to make a difference while putting up with people like your sad readers.
amark April 20, 2013 at 02:01 AM
It would be nice if Zirkin would persuade Owe'malley to consider a life outside of politics.
Bofranklin April 20, 2013 at 02:51 PM
Always liked that guy. Best of luck whatever your decision. Always seemed hard. I wouldn't want that job. 16 years of public service is a lot.
moe green April 20, 2013 at 08:40 PM
He gets almost $47,000 a year for a part time job. Also state subsidized health care for himself and family. And a pension better than any other state employee, except a judge. Some sacrifice.
Blue Alpha April 20, 2013 at 10:30 PM
Marv - you obviously know nothing - Zirkin has voted against more taxes than any democrat in our area - and trust me a democrat will win this seat. If you push Zirkin out - be careful what you wish for - you may get super liberal Morhaim or Cardin who have never met a tax they did not love. Please try to be aware of facts if you're going to post comments!
Marv April 21, 2013 at 12:44 AM
Blue Alpha...sit on this you DB! Lol
Gerryferare April 21, 2013 at 04:55 AM
Not sure why you are attacking Zirkin moe. He didn't say it was a sacrifice. Just that he wanted to spend more time with his kids. Man you all are a cynical bunch on this blog. It's actually nice to hear someone talk about his kids like that. This article is a bunch of nothing. A guy is weighing life options and thinking about family but haven't msde any decision yet. Mr. Zirkin, enjoy time with your family and certainly take no advice from the folks on this blog.
ddbs00 April 22, 2013 at 12:02 PM
You realize Zirkin, Morhaim, Cardin, and Stein are all part of the same "team," right? Zirkin is in the State Senate where the rules are a little different, but I assure you he does not go off the reservation for any reason without the explicit approval of leadership. See the '07 special session when he could have stopped the sales tax increase in committee and didn't and then had a crisis of conscience about voting for it on the floor when there was enough votes for it to not matter how he voted and then went all over the media talking about how bad the increase would be as an example.
ZIG April 22, 2013 at 07:18 PM
Good idea. he is too beholden to Miller and O'malley. He also has little respect for the intelligence of the voters.
amdactivist April 26, 2013 at 02:22 AM
zirkin is a very liberal fruitcake who is a bendover for omalley. If you think he's great then you truly don't know his voting records. He is a huge supporter of new taxes and giving tax $$ to new americans as they called now a days. He should of left years ago but thank goodness the oldtimers has voter fraud on their side. http://votesmart.org/candidate/key-votes/19395/robert-zirkin over 4000 protestors for omalley's gun control bill and 32 supporters and they still vote against the people's wishes. He also voted to extend the drivers license for illegal aliens which also is the path for the voting booths.. sick of liberal losers and corruptors..
amdactivist April 26, 2013 at 02:25 AM
look at his record and come back and eat your words.. See how many times he voted against 2nd amendment, for illegal aliens drivers license and voted no for photo voter id and a whole mess of fines,fees and taxes. Every single bill cost taxpayers big bucks one way or another. The liberals screwed md for many years. Time for a change. I'm one far right leaning democrat. "http://votesmart.org/candidate/key-votes/19395/robert-zirkin
amdactivist April 26, 2013 at 02:26 AM
jim's right. See for yourself .. ..http://votesmart.org/candidate/key-votes/19395/robert-zirkin
amdactivist April 26, 2013 at 02:26 AM
NOT.. http://votesmart.org/candidate/key-votes/19395/robert-zirkin
amdactivist April 26, 2013 at 02:27 AM
your no fun at all Bryan. lol
amark April 26, 2013 at 02:28 AM
amdactivst, Eve is never particularly fond of facts.
amdactivist April 26, 2013 at 02:28 AM
jason you haven't a clue on how these nice people vote. What they say and how they vote are 2 different issues. They make it all sound worthwhile and it isn't. "http://votesmart.org/candidate/key-votes/19395/robert-zirkin
Steve April 26, 2013 at 02:58 AM
LOL You see ghosts all the time Jackie. There is an illegal alien under your bed every night!
SandyTheo May 09, 2013 at 03:51 AM
amdactivist. why don't you put your name on the ballot and run against Bobby. Let's put a wager on it. I bet Zirkin beats you by 80 percent. 80 percent. And I bet your own mother votes for him. He's as popular as any politician I've ever seen and I've watched politics for almost 5 decades. So amdic, go for it. It would sure be fun to watch you get blasted by the machine. And yes I am proud to be a small part of it. Go for it. But you will have to use your real name and come out from under your rock. Bet me...80 percent is the difference in your votes. Maybe 85 percent.
amdactivist May 09, 2013 at 09:49 AM
uncle sandy. if you know how to open links read for yourself . If i wanted to stoop to your level i'd say you were stuck on stupid.. but i wont.... Your still a liberal. http://votesmart.org/candidate/key-votes/19395/robert-zirkin
amdactivist May 09, 2013 at 09:51 AM
Most people are very kind to kids but this man has deep issues if only people here would research before they vote most would not be in office. http://votesmart.org/candidate/key-votes/19395/robert-zirkin
Brunosammar May 10, 2013 at 04:30 AM
Amdac why so bitter? I think sandy may have a good point. Instead of hiding on your couch eating Burger King get up and run. My guess is the voters would mock you back to your couch and a life of bitterness. But give it the old college try. Bitter and obsessive is no way to go through life amdac. Go make a difference in this world or do the rest of us a favor and stop talking.

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