District 8, represented by Van Hollen, will soon include significant portions of Carroll and Frederick counties as a result of Gov. Martin O'Malley's redistricting plan.
Van Hollen, escorted by members of Westminster's Common Council and city administrators, visited Carroll Community College and businesses along Main Street in Westminster.
He said he enjoyed meeting citizens and business owners in Westminster and he found the city to be "impressive."
Van Hollen was scheduled to tour Sykesville after concluding his visit in Westminster.