The President and Vice President are elected every four years in the General Election and they are the leaders of the Executive Branch of the U.S. Government. These two officials are the only ones who may gain office by not simply winning the majority of the popular vote. Their election is also determined by a complicated process, which varies from state to state, the Electoral College. Maryland has 10 of the 538 electoral votes. Our primary process also varies from state to state and determines who can become a party's nominee. Maryland is one of eleven states which has a "closed" primary.
Each state has two Senators for a total of 100. Each one is elected state-wide, but we only get to elect one of the two at a time - senators serve a term of six years and the elections are staggered so that one third of the total are elected every two years. During a six year period there will be two Senate elections in a state so over the six year period we get to vote for both. As of 2017, there are 52 Republicans, 46 Democrats and 2 Independents who caucus with the Democrats.
Maryland is comprised of eight U.S. Congressional districts, so we have 8 of the 435 seats in the lower house of Congress. As of 2017, there is only one Republican Representative from Maryland. Parts of Frederick County are in both the 6th and the 8th districts.
U.S. House of Representatives
|U.S. Representative - John Delaney (D)|
|Elected:||2012, 2014, 2016 (6th District)|
|U.S. Representative - Jamie Raskin (D)|
|Elected:||2016 (8th District)|