Press Release

December 20, 2012
Cardin Names Carleton Atkinson As State Director

Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) has appointed Carleton Atkinson as his new State Director, following the retirement of long-time advisor Bailey Fine.  Atkinson currently serves as Deputy State Director and lead representative for Senator Cardin in Prince George’s County.

“Carleton has been an invaluable advisor to me for the last six years and I am proud to announce that he will be taking on the responsibilities of state director. He has been a constant presence throughout Prince George’s County and will take that experience statewide, serving as my point person for constituent support, as well as liaison to elected officials, community and nongovernmental groups, and the private sector,” Senator Cardin said. 

“Carleton has kept me connected to constituents around Maryland as my lead organizer of foreclosure prevention workshops, small business events, federal contracting roundtables, and especially town hall meetings during the debate over health care reform. During a tough economic period for our state and our nation, his work has made a real difference in people’s lives, helping keep Marylanders in their homes, connecting prospective employees with quality jobs opportunities, and bringing to the forefront the specific needs of Maryland small businesses.

“Bailey Fine has made an indelible impact on the state of Maryland, as a senior advisor to me for nearly three decades and she will be missed. I have been truly fortunate to have her at my side providing knowledgeable advice and a commonsense approach to many issues.  Bailey is a relentless public servant and a tireless advocate and voice for families and individuals who may not have had the understanding or resources to access the services they need.”

“In taking over as State Director, Carleton will be responsible for the day-to-day management of my six state offices and field staff, as well as help ensure that we are meeting the day-to-day needs of constituents by leading our team of caseworkers. He will continue as a senior advisor to me on issues that impact communities across Maryland.”


Prior to working for Senator Cardin, Carleton served as political director of the Maryland Democratic Party.  He previously held key positions with People for the American Way Foundation and Joe Lieberman for President. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he was a senior advisor to Senate Candidate Erskine Bowles and then-Lt. Governor, now Governor Bev Perdue.