September 1, 2020

Dear Neighbor,

As we rapidly approach the September 30th deadline for responses to the 2020 Census, I wanted to remind everyone that a complete Census count is essential for our District.

We must act now for a 100% Census count to secure the federal funding we need for public services like education, medical care, roads, transit, and job  programs, all critical to our recovery from the ongoing economic downturn and public health crisis. Census data also assures accurate redistricting and helps local governments enhance public safety and prepare for emergencies.

I urge residents of Maryland’s 8th Congressional District to fulfill their civic duty by completing the Census form today. Every person in our district must be counted so we get every federal dollar we are entitled to over the next decade.

You can complete your Census form right now by going online to, calling 844-330-2020, or filling out the form you received in the mail. The 2020 Census only has 12 questions and does not ask about citizenship.

I recently released a Census District Report that vividly explains why a complete count matters to our District. The report details that if there is just a 1% undercount in the 2020 Census, the residents of the 8th District of Maryland could lose:

  • $215,000 in federal funding for schools that have a high proportion of low-income students, or the equivalent of all the textbooks that 860 students would need in a school year.
  • $120,000 in federal funding for job training centers and career counseling.

Click here to read the full report.

I applaud our state’s progress so far--with a 69.1% self-response rate, Maryland has surpassed the national self-response rate of 64.7% and ranks as #9 in the top 10 states with the highest self-response rates. 

With a self-response rate of 77.7%, the 8th Congressional District has also surpassed the national self-response rate and matched our 2010 self-response rate. 

I’m proud of the outstanding work of the Complete Count Committee in Carroll County, which has the highest self-response rate of any county in the state and ranks in the top 1% of county self-response rates in the nation! 

Let us build on this surging momentum to ensure that our state and District achieve a 100% complete count by Sept. 30. 

As always, I encourage people across the 8th District to continue to share their concerns and insights with me and my staff by contacting my office or connecting with me on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram

Stay Healthy and All Best Wishes,


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