Robert Ehrlich, Jr., is serving his fourth term representing the second congressional district in Marlyand.
He is a member of the Republican leadership in the House of Representatives, serving as a deputy majority whip. He is also a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, serving on the Subcomittees of Health; Environment and Hazardous Materials; and Telecommunications and the Internet. Ehrlich is also co-chairman of the Congressional Biotechnology Caucus.
Prior to running for Congress, Ehrlich was Of Counsel at the Baltimore law firm Ober, Kaler, Grimes, and Shriver from 1982 to 1994. During that time, he served eight years in the Maryland General Assembly before being elected to Congress in 1994.
Ehrlich has received numerous awards, including the BIO Legislator of the Year, from the Biotechnology Industry Organization, the Spirit of Enterprise Award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Guardian of Small Business from the National Federation of Independent Business, the National Association of Manufacturers' Legislative Excellence Award, and the Federal Official of the Year from the National Industries for the Blind.
Ehrlich earned academic and athletic scholarships to the Gilman School; Princeton University, where he received a B.A. in 1979; and Wake Forest University School of Law, where he received his J.D. in 1982. He was Princeton's varsity football captain in 1978.
Ehrlich resides in Baltimore County with his wife Kendel. They have one son.