TAKOMA PARK, Md. (WJZ) — Thomas “Tommy” Raskin, the son of Maryland Rep. Jamie Raskin and Sarah Bloom Raskin, has died, the congressman’s office said Thursday. He was 25.
“Tommy was pure magic. His brilliance and compassion knew no bounds. He passionately loved his family, friends, and animals, and was devoted to the cause of the global poor. We are devastated and demolished to be without him,” his family said in a statement.
He was a second-year student at Harvard Law School and a graduate of Amherst College. He is survived by his parents, sisters Hannah and Tabitha and other family members.
Statement of Congressman Jamie Raskin and Sarah Bloom Raskin on the Remarkable Life of Tommy Raskin: https://t.co/tBJdK29g6B
— Rep. Jamie Raskin (@RepRaskin) January 4, 2021
On Twitter, Gov. Larry Hogan said he and First Lady Yumi Hogan extend their deepest sympathies to the Raskin family.
The First Lady and I extend our deepest sympathies over this heartbreaking loss. I ask all Marylanders to keep the Raskin family in your prayers. https://t.co/d5asbOartf
— Governor Larry Hogan (@GovLarryHogan) January 1, 2021
Sen. Ben Cardin wrote he is “sharing love and prayers.”
“Team Maryland is with you always,” he added.
Sharing love and prayers tonight for @RepRaskin and his family. Team Maryland is with you always.
— Senator Ben Cardin (@SenatorCardin) January 1, 2021
Howard County Executive Calvin Ball also expressed condolences in a statement:
“Tonight, our thoughts and sympathies are with my friend Representative Jamie Raskin and his wife, former Deputy Secretary of Treasury, Sarah Bloom Raskin, and the Raskin family over the loss of their son, brother, and beloved, Thomas Bloom Raskin.
“Like his mother and father, Tommy was dedicated to making our world a better place by lifting up the most vulnerable amongst us. From working on Middle East policy at the Friends Committee on National Legislation to the rigors of Harvard Law school, this young man was destined to do great things nationally and abroad.
“Losing a child is an unthinkable tragedy and on behalf of the Howard County residents, our prayers are with the Raskin family as we wish them strength over the days, weeks, and years ahead to overcome such a devastating loss.”
Condolences and much love to the Raskin family. Tommy was bright light and a joy to all who knew him. https://t.co/tDNwlQLp69
— Brian Frosh (@BrianFrosh) December 31, 2020
Katherine and I extend our deepest sympathy and love to Jamie and Sarah at this moment of immeasurable pain for them and their family on the loss of their beloved son Tommy. https://t.co/Z2kk5WFMd3
— Senator Chris Van Hollen (@ChrisVanHollen) January 1, 2021
My deepest sympathy for my friends Jamie and Sarah Raskin who lost their son Tommy today. This is an unbelievably difficult loss to bear. I am grieving with you and all of your family. We are holding you close in our thoughts and hearts. https://t.co/oMrqh2Liyk
— Marc Elrich (@Marc_Elrich) January 1, 2021
— David Moon (@DavidMoon2014) December 31, 2020
Our deepest condolences go out to Rep. Raskin and his family on their unimaginable loss. We ask everyone to pray for them during this tragic time. https://t.co/GnODRahsjQ
— House Republicans (@HouseGOP) January 1, 2021