Bobby attended local Baltimore County public schools. After high school, Bobby attended The Johns Hopkins University and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. Bobby spent his junior year abroad in Europe, studying politics and international relations at the London School of Economics, and studying European integration at the American University in Brussels. When Bobby returned from Europe, he graduated with honors from Johns Hopkins. Soon thereafter, Bobby earned his Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C.
As a first year law student at Georgetown, Bobby created the ‘Democratic Youth Bus Tour’ and modeled it after a successful Maryland tour that Bobby directed as President of the Young Democrats of Maryland. As part of the tour, Bobby led a group of young people on a 40 state, 80 day, 18,000 mile campaign trip around the nation for the re-election of President Bill Clinton. In each state, Bobby’s group held events that attracted and registered young voters. The success of the tour caught the attention of local and national media, and became a major component of the Democratic youth outreach for the 1996 Presidential election. At the end of the tour, the Democratic Party recognized Bobby’s efforts and asked him to deliver a speech at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. Bobby delivered a prime-time, nationally televised speech on the first night of the Convention.
House of Delegates
Bobby was elected to the Maryland House of Delegates representing Distrct 11 in Baltimore County at the age of 26. District 11 includes areas such as Pikesville, Owings Mills, Reisterstown, Randallstown, Timonium, Greenspring Valley, and Glyndon. When he was elected, Bobby was appointed to the Judiciary Committee and served on the Juvenile Law and Criminal Law Subcommittees. Bobby introduced a variety of bills on many different topics, and focused his attention on K-12 class size reduction, summer education for at-risk youth, and juvenile justice issues. In 2002, as a veteran of the Judiciary Committee, Bobby became the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Juvenile Law, working on the important reform of child welfare in Maryland. Bobby’s two terms as a member of the House of Delegates were a tremendous success with a variety of legislative accomplishment on state and local issues, setting the stage for his next challenge.
With the help of his many supporters, Bobby was successfully elected to the Maryland State Senate in 2006. As a freshman in the Senate, Bobby served on the Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee. He has served on the Budget and Tax Committee and the Public Safety, Transportation & Environment Subcommittee. He continues to be the leading advocate for juvenile service reform in the state, and has been a fierce advocate for Maryland’s schools.
Bobby has been assigned to the Maryland Judicial Proceedings Committee. As one of the few practicing attorneys in the Maryland State Senate, Bobby has emerged as a leading voice in areas such as Family Law, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, and Civil Law and Procedure. Bobby has sponsored many pieces of legislation in these areas and has helped reform Maryland law in many different areas. He credits his work as a practicing attorney for his knowledge of how bills truly affect individuals dealing with the Court system.
On to the Future
As a member of the Maryland Senate and as an attorney, Bobby brings passion, energy, experience, and integrity to his work. He continues to inspire the young generation with his constant presence in the schools and hard work on education, juvenile justice, and child welfare. In his private life, Bobby brings that same energy and passion to his clients in the Law Office of Bobby Zirkin located in Owings Mills, Maryland.
Bobby continues to believe that being a lawyer has been his key to success as a legislator, and that being a legislator has made him a far-better attorney and advocate for his clients.
Awards and Memberships
Special Committee on Substance Abuse
Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive, and Legislative Review
Baltimore County Bar Association
Maryland State Bar Association
Maryland Association of Justice
Member, Task Force to Study the Licensing and Monitoring of Community-Based Homes for Children
Task Force to Study Alternative Living Arrangements for Children in Out-of-Home Placement
Task Force to Study the Mentoring and Monitoring of Children in the Custody of or under the Supervision of the Department of Juvenile Services
Drug Treatment Court Commission
Chair, Task Force to Study Group-Home Education and Placement Practices
Member, State Advisory Board for Juvenile Services
Foster Care Court-Improvement Implementation Committee
Intergovernmental Work Group to Study the Effects of Representation of Indigent Defendants in the Criminal Justice System
Task Force on the Membership and Operation of the Baltimore County Board of Education
President’s Advisory Council at Stevenson University
Award of Merit, MADD
Legislator of the Year, American College of Emergency Medical Physicians
Legislator of the Year, Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of Maryland
Legislator of the Year, Maryland State Surgical Association
Certificate of Appreciation, Maryland Municipal League
Award of Special Recognition, Maryland Legal Services Corporation
Legislative Achievement Award, Maryland State Bar Association