I want to run for Congress because the people of Maryland’s 1st District deserve a representative who cares and works for them. Donald Trump and Rep. Andy Harris do not understand the real problems of the people they supposedly represent, nor how to help. Rep. Harris is completely out of touch while the rest of us struggle with healthcare costs, stagnating wages, and rising seas. Voters in the 1st District deserve a representative who listens to them, fights for them, and makes government work for them. With your help, I can do that for you in Congress.

For 24 years I served my community as the Attorney for Talbot County. As the chief legal advisor and legislative draftsman for the County Council, I spent my career solving problems and helping government help people. In my trial work I learned to listen, to resolve conflicts whenever I could, to negotiate when possible, and to fight when necessary. Throughout my career I continually re-earned the trust of my local elected officials, Republican and Democrat alike, by being a straight shooter, doing my homework, and always giving honest advice. I have experienced how government operates and I know how to make government work for the people.

I have the experience, conviction, and energy to be your Representative and to bring the vision of a government for the people back to our district.  Your support with a monetary pledge today will demonstrate that we can take back the 1st Congressional District of Maryland for all of us who live, work, and raise families here. I appreciate your support, and you will only be charged for your pledge upon my decision to enter this race.

More About Michael

I was born in West Virginia where my dad worked in the mines and my mom raised the kids. Within 7 years dad had moved from the mines to Manhattan. I grew up in a large family in a small town in Connecticut, attended Catholic grammar school, public high school, played football and was selected to the All-State team. Sports taught hard work, self-discipline, teamwork, and leadership.

I paid my way through college as my parents couldn’t afford it. I graduated from Boston College with honors, working two jobs for a year before saving enough money to go to law school. Before starting at Suffolk Law, I met Connie, the love of my life and my soon-to-be wife. After graduation in 1977 we moved to Easton and immediately fell in love with the good folks and warm community we found. Connie has been a social worker and therapist in Easton for 40 years.

Inspired by the presidency of Barack Obama and the candidacy of Bernie Sanders, I was elected by voters of the 1st district to serve as a Democratic Delegate to the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

We have spent our careers working to help people in our community better their lives and the lives of their children and grandchildren. We have three grown sons, three grandchildren and are expecting a fourth in July. We live in Easton in the same house we bought nearly 40 years ago.


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    “He will serve with integrity and serve his constituents in an excellent capacity.”

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    “Michael Pullen has the core values I admire in a candidate: honesty, fairness, concern for all his constituents, and a progressive view of outreach and inclusiveness that can truly do some good for this country.”

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    “Michael Pullen is the progressive voice of reason for Western Maryland. I was proud to serve with him as Delegates to the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Michael's life experience and career as an attorney have equipped him well to deal with the folks on Capitol Hill. Michael Pullen is the Democrat we need for Maryland's 1st Congressional District!”

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    “Maryland needs a progressive leader who understands the needs of his constituents & is willing to put his values on the line to protect & defend their freedoms.”

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    “I have known Michael Pullen since I was 12 years old( I am 56 now!) when he met my sister Connie and they married a few years later. Mike is passionate about this cause and would be an excellent representative for the 1st District!”

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    “This man sounds like a "real person." Someone who understands what non- mega wealthy everyday people need and want. He supported Bernie Sanders and recognizes the need to minimize Trump's power. He has excellent experience and know how, which is also informed by his wife's social work career.”

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    “We are pleased (and relieved) to see someone with Michael's background and experience willing to serve and represent us in this way.”

  • endorsed

    “I support Michael Pullen because the Freedom Caucaus, to which Andy Harris belongs, is a rubber stamp for Trump's agenda.”

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    “I support Michael Pullen because he is a person with compassion, intelligence and core values , such as "love thy neighbor, no exceptions.”

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  • endorsed

    “he will truly make this beautiful district great again”

  • endorsed

    “He will serve with integrity and serve his constituents in an excellent capacity.”

  • endorsed

    “Michael Pullen has the core values I admire in a candidate: honesty, fairness, concern for all his constituents, and a progressive view of outreach and inclusiveness that can truly do some good for this country.”

  • endorsed

    “Michael Pullen is the progressive voice of reason for Western Maryland. I was proud to serve with him as Delegates to the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Michael's life experience and career as an attorney have equipped him well to deal with the folks on Capitol Hill. Michael Pullen is the Democrat we need for Maryland's 1st Congressional District!”

  • endorsed

  • endorsed

    “Maryland needs a progressive leader who understands the needs of his constituents & is willing to put his values on the line to protect & defend their freedoms.”

  • endorsed

    “I have known Michael Pullen since I was 12 years old( I am 56 now!) when he met my sister Connie and they married a few years later. Mike is passionate about this cause and would be an excellent representative for the 1st District!”

  • endorsed

    “This man sounds like a "real person." Someone who understands what non- mega wealthy everyday people need and want. He supported Bernie Sanders and recognizes the need to minimize Trump's power. He has excellent experience and know how, which is also informed by his wife's social work career.”

  • endorsed

    “We are pleased (and relieved) to see someone with Michael's background and experience willing to serve and represent us in this way.”

  • endorsed

    “I support Michael Pullen because the Freedom Caucaus, to which Andy Harris belongs, is a rubber stamp for Trump's agenda.”

  • endorsed

  • endorsed

    “I support Michael Pullen because he is a person with compassion, intelligence and core values , such as "love thy neighbor, no exceptions.”

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    “Wouldn't it be nice to have someone with compassion and vision representing the people of the Eastern Shore? I would like to think that the place that I call home (even though I left 40 years ago) is finally in good hands. It might be worth coming back for.”

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    “He is a bright honest man with great values. We need a man like him in our government.”

  • endorsed

    “I endorse Mike Pullen because as a woman he is right on the issues I care most about including health care and the Saving the Bay and more importantly he can win!”

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    “Mike is focused and gets results. He works tirelessly to promote social, economic, and environmental justice for all without bias. His tenacity, diligence, skill, acumen, and above all, his strong moral compass are qualities needed to properly represent the concerns of the people of the Eastern Shore.”