Delegate Erek L. Barron proudly represents Prince George’s County in the Maryland General Assembly where he works on behalf of all Marylanders with a focus on transparent and accountable government, economic development, healthcare and criminal justice issues. As a former state and federal prosecutor, and one of the few lawyer-legislators and practicing attorneys in the legislature, he brings a valuable perspective to the legislature’s work, no matter what the issue.
Prior to his private law practice, Mr. Barron had a distinguished career in government. First, as a prosecutor in Prince George’s County, he prosecuted a variety of economic crimes and violent offenses. During this time, Mr. Barron was honored by the Maryland State’s Attorneys’ Association, the Maryland General Assembly, and the Governor for his exemplary service. Later, as a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice, Mr. Barron prosecuted criminal conspiracies and gang cases.
Next, Mr. Barron served as policy advisor to then-Senator Joseph R. Biden, Jr. and the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. He was counsel to the Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs and was responsible for a wide portfolio of domestic and international law enforcement issues. Finally, Mr. Barron capped his government service as an appointee to President Obama’s Transition Team where he worked with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and advised the President’s administration on justice and civil rights issues.
In his spare time, Mr. Barron serves the public through various national and local bar organizations and nonprofit boards. Currently, he is a board member and Immediate Past President of the J. Franklyn Bourne Bar Association, the premier organization for African-American attorneys in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties. He has also served as a board member of the Maryland Legal Aid Bureau, Inc. and the Maryland Public Defender’s Office, focusing on improving legal services for the poor, pro bono, and mentorship.
Mr. Barron is a graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park, The George Washington University Law School and received a Master of Laws from the Georgetown University Law School. He lives in Mitchellville, Maryland with his wife, Taria Barron, and their daughter, Bryce. They worship at Reid Temple, AME in Glenn Dale, Maryland.