Vaughn has had the good fortune to live all across the United States. He was born in the small Alabama town of Anniston, earned his way to the University of Pennsylvania, and then attended law school at New York University through the use of student loans. But Maryland is home. Since settling in Montgomery County with his wife Alex, Vaughn has found a community he loves—and one he’s invested in.
In 2015, Vaughn served as the Policy Director for Rep. Jamie Raskin’s successful congressional campaign, helping then-State Senator Raskin develop policies to benefit Maryland’s residents. Vaughn is the Treasurer of the District 19 Democratic Club and a precinct chairperson, where he has organized our community for Democratic victories. In 2016, he was appointed by the Montgomery County Executive to serve on the Community Development Advisory Committee. Vaughn also serves on the board of the Montgomery County Renters Alliance, where he helped lead the successful fight for Bill 19-15, which expanded renters’ rights at the county level. Previously, he served on the board of the Action Committee for Transit, where he fought for the Purple Line and other transit solutions to combat traffic in District 19.
Public service is in Vaughn’s DNA—after all, for the past 20 years, Vaughn’s father has served as the either a judge or the mayor of that small Alabama town where Vaughn was born. So from an early age, Vaughn has had a deep commitment to working on behalf of others. This same commitment is what led him to law school, what inspired him to work for President Obama in the White House Domestic Policy Council, and what drives his current work as an attorney at one of Washington, DC’s leading law firms, where he not only helps paying clients navigate difficult legal challenges, but also maintains an active pro bono practice representing refugees.
Vaughn knows that bringing about change takes persistence, tact, and good common sense. He also knows it takes a fighter. And that is exactly what Vaughn is. Indeed, earlier this year Vaughn was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma—his second battle with cancer in the last ten years. But rather than slow Vaughn down, this challenge has only made him more determined to work hard for his fellow citizens. Vaughn has been touched by the outpouring of support from family and friends—and he realizes how fortunate he was to have an employer that offers sick leave and quality health insurance, two benefits that should be standard across our state. Vaughn will fight to ensure that every Marylander can depend on the same level of care he has been so grateful to receive. Vaughn has never let cancer define him or deter him from public service. The same is true this time. He is thrilled to be in remission and can’t wait to meet you on the campaign trail soon.