For the entrepreneur and businessman, see Robert Ehrlich (businessman).Robert Leroy Ehrlich Jr. is an American lawyer and politician who served as the 60th Governor of Maryland from 2003 to 2007. A Republican, Ehrlich represented Maryland’s 2nd Congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives. He is a former member of the Maryland House of Delegates.In 2006, Ehrlich was defeated in his bid for re-election by Democrat Martin O’Malley. In 2010, Ehrlich sought an unsuccessful rematch against O’Malley. Ehrlich then announced, via his website, that he would “return to private life.” In October 2011, he was named chair of Mitt Romney’s Maryland campaign for the 2012 Republican nomination for President.