Chris Van HollenChris Van Hollen – MD

Current Position: US Senator
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position(s): US Representative from 2003 – 2017; State Senator from 1995 – 2003; Lawyer from 1990 – 2003

Other Positions:  
Chair, Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government

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Our Budget Framework invests in workers, families, & our economy. For starters, that means: -Continuing monthly Child Tax Credit payments -Expanding Medicare for hearing, vision & dental -Reducing the $ of Rx Drugs We’ll lower costs for working people across the board.

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First time in history a committee approved bill giving D.C. mayor such authority

Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Congresswomen Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) and Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.), and Congressman Anthony Brown (D-Md.) announced that their District of Columbia National Guard Home Rule Act, which would give the D.C. mayor control over the D.C. National Guard (DCNG), passed early this morning in the House Armed Services Committee as part of the fiscal year 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Van Hollen is the sponsor of the Senate version of the bill. Currently, the President controls the DCNG, while the governors of the states and territories control their National Guards. Today’s passage is the first time in history a committee in either chamber has passed a bill that would give the D.C. mayor control over the DCNG. The NDAA, the annual defense policy bill, has been enacted for each of the last 60 years.

“On January 6th, as our nation’s capital was under attack by insurrectionists, DC officials were unable to immediately mobilize the National Guard, as the Department of Defense took hours to approve their deployment. It’s clear that the District must have complete authority over its National Guard to protect its own safety and security and that of our capital. I’m glad to see the House Armed Services Committee pass this vital measure in their proposed National Defense Authorization Act, and I’ll keep pressing my colleagues in the Senate to follow suit,” said Senator Van Hollen.

Maryland, Virginia Senators Urge Biden to Resume Plans for New FBI Headquarters
Maryland Matters, Danielle E. GainesMay 4, 2021 (Short)

Maryland and Virginia senators have joined together to urge President Joe Biden to resume plans to build a new Federal Bureau of Investigation headquarters, which could be built in either state.

The bureau’s current headquarters on Pennsylvania Avenue in D.C. – the J. Edgar Hoover Building – “has crumbling facades, aging infrastructure, and security limitations that are severely impeding the FBI’s ability to meet its critical law enforcement and national security missions,” wrote Maryland’s U.S. Sens. Benjamin L. Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Virginia’s Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, all Democrats.

The letter was sent Friday.

In 2014, the federal General Services Administration narrowed the list of potential new headquarters locations to two sites in Prince George’s County, and one site in Springfield, Va.

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Current Position: US Senator
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position(s): US Representative from 2003 – 2017; State Senator from 1995 – 2003; Lawyer from 1990 – 2003

Other Positions:  
Chair, Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government

Featured Quote: 
Our Budget Framework invests in workers, families, & our economy. For starters, that means: -Continuing monthly Child Tax Credit payments -Expanding Medicare for hearing, vision & dental -Reducing the $ of Rx Drugs We’ll lower costs for working people across the board.

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Senator Chris Van Hollen On President Donald Trump Oval Office Speech | The Last Word | MSNBC

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First time in history a committee approved bill giving D.C. mayor such authority

Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Congresswomen Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) and Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.), and Congressman Anthony Brown (D-Md.) announced that their District of Columbia National Guard Home Rule Act, which would give the D.C. mayor control over the D.C. National Guard (DCNG), passed early this morning in the House Armed Services Committee as part of the fiscal year 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Van Hollen is the sponsor of the Senate version of the bill. Currently, the President controls the DCNG, while the governors of the states and territories control their National Guards. Today’s passage is the first time in history a committee in either chamber has passed a bill that would give the D.C. mayor control over the DCNG. The NDAA, the annual defense policy bill, has been enacted for each of the last 60 years.

“On January 6th, as our nation’s capital was under attack by insurrectionists, DC officials were unable to immediately mobilize the National Guard, as the Department of Defense took hours to approve their deployment. It’s clear that the District must have complete authority over its National Guard to protect its own safety and security and that of our capital. I’m glad to see the House Armed Services Committee pass this vital measure in their proposed National Defense Authorization Act, and I’ll keep pressing my colleagues in the Senate to follow suit,” said Senator Van Hollen.

Maryland, Virginia Senators Urge Biden to Resume Plans for New FBI Headquarters
Maryland Matters, Danielle E. GainesMay 4, 2021 (Short)

Maryland and Virginia senators have joined together to urge President Joe Biden to resume plans to build a new Federal Bureau of Investigation headquarters, which could be built in either state.

The bureau’s current headquarters on Pennsylvania Avenue in D.C. – the J. Edgar Hoover Building – “has crumbling facades, aging infrastructure, and security limitations that are severely impeding the FBI’s ability to meet its critical law enforcement and national security missions,” wrote Maryland’s U.S. Sens. Benjamin L. Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Virginia’s Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, all Democrats.

The letter was sent Friday.

In 2014, the federal General Services Administration narrowed the list of potential new headquarters locations to two sites in Prince George’s County, and one site in Springfield, Va.

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Elected to the United States Senate by the people of Maryland in November 2016, Chris Van Hollen is committed to fighting every day to ensure that our state and our country live up to their full promise of equal rights, equal justice, and equal opportunity.

Senator Van Hollen believes that every child deserves the opportunity to pursue their dreams and benefit from a quality education, and that anyone willing to work hard should be able to find a good job.  That’s why his top priorities include creating more and better jobs, strengthening small businesses, and increasing educational and job training opportunities for individuals of all ages and in every community.

Senator Van Hollen started his time in public service as a member of the Maryland State Legislature, where he became known as a tenacious advocate for everyday Marylanders and someone who was unafraid to take on powerful special interests on behalf of working people. In 2002, he was elected to represent Maryland’s 8th Congressional District. In the House of Representatives, he served as a member of the Democratic leadership and was elected by his colleagues to be the Ranking Member of the House Budget Committee and protect vital interests like Social Security and Medicare.

A tireless fighter for the people of Maryland, Senator Van Hollen has also become known for working hard to find common sense solutions to difficult national issues.  In January 2015, he released a comprehensive plan to address the problem of growing inequality in America and provide a blueprint for building an economy that works for everyone, a goal that he will continue to fight for in the U.S. Senate.

Senator Van Hollen is proud to have worked successfully with members of both parties to pass bipartisan legislation whenever possible on issues of common concern, including expanding medical research, protecting the Chesapeake Bay, fighting childhood cancer, and passing the ABLE Act to assist families with children with disabilities.

Chris Van Hollen is a graduate of Swarthmore College, the John F. Kennedy School of Public Policy at Harvard University, and Georgetown University Law Center where he attended night school.  He and his wife, Katherine Wilkens, are the proud parents of three children, Anna, Nicholas, and Alexander.

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Christopher J. Van Hollen Jr.[1][2] (born January 10, 1959) is an American attorney and politician serving as the junior United States senator from Maryland since January 3, 2017. From 2003 to 2017 he served as the U.S. Representative for Maryland’s 8th congressional district. He is a member of the Democratic Party.

In 2007, Van Hollen became the chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC). In this post, he was responsible for leading efforts to defend vulnerable Democrats and get more Democrats elected to Congress in 2008, which he did. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi created a new leadership post, Assistant to the Speaker, in 2006 so that Van Hollen could be present at all leadership meetings. He was elected Ranking Member on the Budget Committee on November 17, 2010. Pelosi appointed Van Hollen to the 12-member bipartisan Committee on Deficit Reduction with a mandate for finding major budget reductions by late 2011. On October 17, 2013, Pelosi appointed Van Hollen to serve on the bicameral conference committee.[3]

Van Hollen ran for the United States Senate in 2016 to replace retiring Senator Barbara Mikulski. He defeated Congresswoman Donna Edwards in the Democratic primary and won the general election 60 to 36 percent. Van Hollen served as Chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) from 2017 to 2019.[4]

Early life, education, and career

Van Hollen was born in Karachi, Pakistan, the eldest of three children of American parents, Edith Eliza (née Farnsworth) and Christopher Van Hollen.[5][6] His father was a Foreign Service officer who served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs (1969–1972) and U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives (1972–1976);[7] his mother worked in the Central Intelligence Agency and the State Department, where she served as chief of the intelligence bureau for South Asia.[6][8] He spent parts of his early life in Pakistan, Turkey, India, and Sri Lanka.[8][9] He returned to the United States for his junior year of high school, and attended Middlesex School in Concord, Massachusetts, where his grandfather once taught.[8]

He is an alumnus of the Kodaikanal International School in southern India. In 1982, Van Hollen graduated from Swarthmore College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy.[10] He continued his studies at Harvard University, where he earned a Master of Public Policy degree, concentrating in national security studies, from the John F. Kennedy School of Government in 1985.[10] He earned a Juris Doctor from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1990.[10]

Early political career

Van Hollen worked as a legislative assistant for defense and foreign policy to U.S. Senator Charles Mathias, a Republican from Maryland, from 1985 to 1987.[11] He was also a staff member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations (1987–1989), and a legislative advisor for federal affairs to Maryland Governor William Donald Schaefer (1989–1991).[11] He was admitted to the Maryland bar in 1990, and joined the law firm of Arent Fox.[12]

Maryland State Legislature

Van Hollen served in the Maryland General Assembly from 1991 to 2003, first in the House of Delegates (1991–95) and then in the State Senate (1995–2003).[10] In the Senate, he served on the Budget and Taxation Committee and the Health and Human Services Subcommittee. He led successful efforts to raise the tobacco tax, prohibit oil drilling in the Chesapeake Bay, mandate trigger locks for guns, and increase funding for education and healthcare.[8] In 2002, The Washington Post called Van Hollen “one of the most accomplished members of the General Assembly.”[13]

U.S. House of Representatives

Chris Van Hollen joining Prince George’s County Executive Jack B. Johnson (at the podium and to the left of Van Hollen) for the announcement of the county’s legislative agenda for 2005

Maryland Democrats redrew the boundaries of the 8th congressional district, then represented by long-serving Republican incumbent Connie Morella, in 2002.[14] Van Hollen defeated Morella in the 2002 general election in part, according to some analysts, because of this redistricting.[15]

Maryland’s 8th district hugs the northern border of Washington, D.C., and is one of the wealthiest and most educated congressional districts in the nation. The federal government is the single largest employer in the district, and many private companies are funded by the government.[16]

In 2003, the Committee for Education Funding, a nonpartisan education coalition founded in 1969, named Van Hollen its Outstanding New Member of the Year.[17] The first bill Van Hollen introduces every session is the Keep Our Promise to America’s Children and Teachers (Keep Our PACT) Act, which would fully fund No Child Left Behind and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. He introduced an amendment, which passed, that repealed a 9.5 percent loophole in student loans that had allowed lenders to pocket billions of taxpayer dollars. Now, that money is available for additional student loans.[18]

Because many federal employees live in his district, Van Hollen has worked on a number of issues relating to them. He supported pay parity in pay raises for civilian employees and introduced an amendment, which passed, to block attempts to outsource federal jobs.[19]

Official portrait as a U.S. Representative, 2010

Van Hollen has secured federal funding for a number of local-interest projects, including transportation initiatives, local homeland security efforts, education programs and community development projects. He and Adam Schiff (D-CA) often discuss issues of National Security on the floor of the House in tandem, with particular commentary on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.[20]

In May 2006, Van Hollen formed a congressional caucus on the Netherlands with Dutch-born Republican U.S. Representative Pete Hoekstra from Michigan. The goal of the caucus is to promote the U.S. relationship with the Netherlands and remember the Dutch role in establishing the State of New York and the United States.[citation needed]

Van Hollen speaking during the second day of the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado, in his capacity as chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. He is flanked by Democratic House challengers.

In July 2006, Van Hollen urged the Bush administration to support a ceasefire supported by a peacekeeping force that would end the 2006 Lebanon War. He was criticized by elements of the Jewish and pro-Israel community, a large part of his constituency, for criticizing U.S. and Israeli policy in the Lebanon conflict.[21] In follow-up comments, Van Hollen indicated that his original comments were meant as a critique of Bush administration policy but did not retract his position, and other members of the local Jewish and pro-Israel community defended him.[21][22][23]

In 2006, Van Hollen opted out of the race to succeed the retiring Senator Paul Sarbanes, saying he would rather spend time with his family and help elect more Democrats to Congress.[24] In keeping with that, Van Hollen was appointed to Chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

In 2009, Van Hollen introduced a bill which establishes a green bank to catalyze the financing of clean energy and energy efficiency projects.[25] He reintroduced the same bill again in 2014.[26]

In March 2010, when Charles Rangel was forced to resign as Chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means over ethics charges, Van Hollen played a key role in having Sander Levin succeed to the Chairmanship over Pete Stark. Stark was the second-most experienced member of the committee while Levin was third, and party tradition would have made Stark chairman due to seniority. However, Van Hollen and other younger members saw Stark’s past intemperate comments as a liability to the Democrats in an election year.[27]

On April 29, 2010, Van Hollen introduced the campaign finance DISCLOSE Act.[28] He reintroduced the bill for the 113th Congress on February 9, 2012.[29]

In April 2011, Van Hollen sued the Federal Election Commission, charging it with regulatory capture and the creation of a loophole that allowed unlimited and undisclosed financing in the 2010 election season. According to Van Hollen, had it not been for the loophole, “much of the more than $135 million in secret contributions that funded expenditures would have been disclosed.”[30][needs update]

During the 2012 Obama reelection campaign, Van Hollen participated in one-on-one debate prep with vice president Joe Biden, impersonating the Republican vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan.[31]

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Party leadership and caucus memberships

U.S. Senate

115th Congress (2017–2019)

Shortly after the 2016 elections, Van Hollen was selected as the Chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) for the 2018 cycle.[4]

117th Congress (2021–present)

Chris Van Hollen giving his Electoral College count remarks, including his response to the storming of the Capitol on January 6, 2021.

Van Hollen was walking to the Senate chambers to speak during the 2021 United States Electoral College vote count when he was stopped by U.S. Capitol Police telling him that the building was on lockdown due to the storming of the Capitol.[34] He returned to his office, where he remained for the duration of the attack.[35] In the immediate wake of the insurrection, Van Hollen called Trump a “political arsonist” and said “I never thought we would live to see the day that violent mobs seized control of the Capitol. I cry for our country.”[36] As Van Hollen waited for the Capitol to be secured, he said he wanted an immediate investigation, calling the perpetrators “a violent mob.” He also contrasted the police’s treatment of the rioters with events that led to the use of tear gas on peaceful demonstrators, such as Black Lives Matter protests.[37] After Congress returned to session to count the electoral votes, he voted against objections raised by some Republican senators.[38] Van Hollen also called for Trump’s “immediate removal” via the Twenty-fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution and said, “we should have looked at that option much earlier.”[34]

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Political campaigns

Prior to Van Hollen’s election, incumbent Connie Morella had won eight elections in the district, despite the fact that she was a Republican in a district that had swung heavily Democratic. Morella’s success was largely attributed to her political independence and relatively liberal voting record, including support for abortion rights, gay rights, gun control and increased environmental protections.

After Morella’s reelection in 2000, Democratic Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Miller, Jr. made no secret that he wanted to draw the 8th out from under Morella. Indeed, one redistricting plan after the 2000 U.S. Census went so far as to divide the 8th in two, giving one district to Van Hollen and forcing Morella to run against popular State Delegate Mark Kennedy Shriver in November. The final plan was far less ambitious, but made the district even more Democratic than its predecessor. It absorbed nine heavily Democratic precincts from neighboring Prince George’s County, an area that Morella had never represented. It also restored a heavily Democratic spur in eastern Montgomery County that had been cut out in the last round of redistricting.

In 2002, Van Hollen entered a competitive Democratic primary against Shriver and former Clinton Administration aide Ira Shapiro. Though Shriver had the most money, Van Hollen launched a very successful grassroots effort that mobilized Democratic voters. After receiving the endorsement of The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, and other local papers, Van Hollen defeated Shriver 43.5 percent to 40.6 percent.

During the campaign, Van Hollen emphasized that even when Morella voted with the district, her partisan affiliation kept Tom DeLay and the rest of her party’s more conservative leadership in power. Van Hollen also touted his leadership in the State Senate on issues such as education funding, HMO reform, trigger locks for handguns, and protecting the Chesapeake Bay from oil drilling. Ultimately, after a tight race, Van Hollen defeated Morella 51.7 percent to 48.2 percent.[16] Van Hollen crushed Morella in the Prince George’s County portion of the district, while narrowly winning Montgomery County. However, Morella won most of the precincts she’d previously represented.

Proving just how Democratic this district was, Van Hollen was reelected four times from this district by over 70 percent of the vote. However, it had long been taken for granted that the Republicans would face extremely long odds of retaking the seat if Morella retired or was defeated in an election.

After the 2010 census, Van Hollen’s district was made slightly less Democratic. He lost a heavily Democratic spur of Montgomery County to the neighboring 6th district, and lost his share of Prince George’s County to the 4th district. In their place, the 8th absorbed a strongly Republican spur of Frederick County, as well as the southern portion of even more Republican Carroll County. Nonetheless, since his share of Montgomery County has more than double the population of his shares of Carroll and Frederick counties combined, Van Hollen easily won a sixth term over Republican Ken Timmerman with 63 percent of the vote. While Van Hollen lost in Carroll and Frederick, he swamped Timmerman in Montgomery by 113,500 votes.

Political positions

The American Conservative Union gave him a 4% lifetime conservative rating in 2020.[40]

Economy

According to his campaign website, Van Hollen supports an increase in the minimum wage, paid sick leave, an expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit, equal pay for women, an increase in the child care tax credit, and a financial transactions tax.[41]

Gun law

Van Hollen has been endorsed by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence,[42] a group which campaigns for more government regulation of guns.[43] Van Hollen received a 0% from the Gun Owners of America (GOA) in 2006.[44] In September 2008, Van Hollen voted against repealing portions of the Washington, D.C. Firearm Ban.[45]

In 2015, Van Hollen introduced legislation for increased handgun licensing, specifically the requirement for permit-to-purchase licenses. This proposal was based on a similar law that exists in Maryland. On proposing the law, Van Hollen stated that “States require licenses to drive a car or even to fish in local rivers, so requiring a license to buy a deadly handgun is a common-sense step that could save countless lives.”[46]

In response to the 2017 Las Vegas shooting, Van Hollen co-sponsored a bill to ban bump stocks.[47]

Health

Van Hollen supports Obamacare and has defended it many times.[48][49][50][51][52] He is also pro-choice.[53]

Elections

In October 2018, Van Hollen and Susan Collins cosponsored a bipartisan bill that if passed would block “any persons from foreign adversaries from owning or having control over vendors administering U.S. elections.” Protect Our Elections Act would make companies involved in administering elections reveal foreign owners, and inform local, state and federal authorities if said ownership changes. Companies failing to comply would face fines of $100,000.[54][55]

Journalism

In July 2019 Van Hollen cosponsored the Fallen Journalists Memorial Act, a bill introduced by Ben Cardin and Rob Portman that would create a privately funded memorial to be constructed on federal lands in Washington, D.C. to honor journalists, photographers, and broadcasters who died in the line of duty.[56]

Foreign policy

In May 2020, Van Hollen voiced his opposition to Israel‘s plan to annex parts of the Israeli-occupied West Bank.[57]

Taxes

Van Hollen received a 0% rating for the Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW), and the National Taxpayers Union (NTU), in 2010.[44] Both these organizations advocate for lower taxes for everyone including the wealthy.[58][59] In 2006, Van Hollen received a 100% rating from Citizens for Tax Justice (CTJ), a group that calls for higher taxes on the wealthy.[60] Van Hollen opposes eliminating the federal estate tax.[44][61]

Electoral history

Maryland’s 8th congressional district election, 2002[62]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Chris Van Hollen 112,788 51.74
RepublicanConnie Morella (incumbent)103,58747.52
Write-in1,5990.73
Total votes217,974 100.00
Democratic gain from Republican
Maryland’s 8th congressional district election, 2004[63]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Chris Van Hollen (incumbent) 215,129 74.91
RepublicanChuck Floyd71,98925.07
Write-in790.03
Total votes287,197 100.00
Democratic hold
Maryland’s 8th congressional district election, 2006[64]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Chris Van Hollen (incumbent) 168,872 76.52
RepublicanJeffrey M. Stein48,32421.90
GreenGerard P. Giblin3,2981.49
Write-in1910.09
Total votes220,685 100.00
Democratic hold
Maryland’s 8th congressional district election, 2008[65]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Chris Van Hollen (incumbent) 229,740 75.08
RepublicanSteve Hudson66,35121.68
GreenGordon Clark6,8282.23
LibertarianIan Thomas2,5620.84
Write-in5330.17
Total votes306,014 100.00
Democratic hold
Maryland’s 8th congressional district election, 2010[66]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Chris Van Hollen (incumbent) 153,613 73.27
RepublicanMichael Lee Philips52,42125.00
LibertarianMark Grannis2,7131.29
ConstitutionFred Nordhorn6960.33
Write-in2240.11
Total votes209,667 100.00
Democratic hold
Maryland’s 8th congressional district election, 2012[67]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Chris Van Hollen (incumbent) 217,531 63.37
RepublicanKenneth R. Timmerman113,03332.93
LibertarianMark Grannis7,2352.11
GreenGeorge Gluck5,0641.48
Write-in3930.11
Total votes343,256 100.00
Democratic hold
Maryland’s 8th congressional district election, 2014[68]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Chris Van Hollen (incumbent) 136,722 60.74
RepublicanDave Wallace87,85939.03
Write-in5160.23
Total votes225,097 100.00
Democratic hold
United States Senate Democratic primary results in Maryland, 2016[69]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Chris Van Hollen 470,320 53.18
DemocraticDonna Edwards343,62038.86
DemocraticFreddie Dickson14,8561.68
DemocraticTheresa Scaldaferri13,1781.49
DemocraticViolet Staley10,2441.16
DemocraticLih Young8,5610.96
DemocraticCharles Smith7,9120.89
DemocraticRalph Jaffe7,1610.81
DemocraticBlaine Taylor5,9320.67
DemocraticEd Tinus2,5600.29
Total votes884,344 100.00%
United States Senate election in Maryland, 2016[70]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
DemocraticChris Van Hollen 1,659,907 60.89 -1.30
RepublicanKathy Szeliga972,55735.67-0.08
GreenMargaret Flowers89,9703.30+2.17
Write-in3,7360.14+0.03
Total votes2,726,170 100.00 N/A
Democratic hold

Personal life

Van Hollen and his wife Katherine have three children: Anna, Nicholas, and Alexander.[71] Van Hollen is of Dutch descent.[72]

See also

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Further reading

  • Barone, Michael, and Chuck McCutcheon. The Almanac of American Politics 2012 (2011) pp 762–5

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Ben CardinBen Cardin – MD

Current Position: US Senator
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position(s): US Representative from 1987 – 2007; State Delegate from 1967 – 1987; Attorney from 1967 – 1978

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Chair, Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship

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Raising the debt ceiling will allow us to pay for what we’ve already spent, our bills – trillions under the previous administration. It’s like paying off our credit card. Default would be catastrophic for our economy. #fullfaithandcredit

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Senator Ben Cardin on Passing the Freedom to Vote Act
Sept. 24, 2021

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Finance Health Care Subcommittee, today released the following statement in the wake of the Supreme Court’s 5-4 denial of a request from Texas abortion providers to freeze a state law (SB8) that bans abortions after approximately six weeks and directly challenges the Supreme Court’s previous ruling in Roe v. Wade.

“Yesterday’s actions by five members of the Supreme Court of the United States represent a shocking failure to abide by our constitutional standards and to protect women’s health. The Roe v. Wade decision has been the established legal precedent for more than a half-century. The Supreme Court is allowing Texas to ride roughshod on the constitutional right for women to make their own choices about their own health and well-being.

Maryland, Virginia Senators Urge Biden to Resume Plans for New FBI Headquarters
Maryland Matters, Danielle E. GainesMay 4, 2021 (Short)

Maryland and Virginia senators have joined together to urge President Joe Biden to resume plans to build a new Federal Bureau of Investigation headquarters, which could be built in either state.

The bureau’s current headquarters on Pennsylvania Avenue in D.C. – the J. Edgar Hoover Building – “has crumbling facades, aging infrastructure, and security limitations that are severely impeding the FBI’s ability to meet its critical law enforcement and national security missions,” wrote Maryland’s U.S. Sens. Benjamin L. Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Virginia’s Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, all Democrats.

The letter was sent Friday.

In 2014, the federal General Services Administration narrowed the list of potential new headquarters locations to two sites in Prince George’s County, and one site in Springfield, Va.

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Current Position: US Senator
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position(s): US Representative from 1987 – 2007; State Delegate from 1967 – 1987; Attorney from 1967 – 1978

Other Positions:  
Chair, Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship

Featured Quote: 
Raising the debt ceiling will allow us to pay for what we’ve already spent, our bills – trillions under the previous administration. It’s like paying off our credit card. Default would be catastrophic for our economy. #fullfaithandcredit

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Senator Ben Cardin on Passing the Freedom to Vote Act
Sept. 24, 2021

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Finance Health Care Subcommittee, today released the following statement in the wake of the Supreme Court’s 5-4 denial of a request from Texas abortion providers to freeze a state law (SB8) that bans abortions after approximately six weeks and directly challenges the Supreme Court’s previous ruling in Roe v. Wade.

“Yesterday’s actions by five members of the Supreme Court of the United States represent a shocking failure to abide by our constitutional standards and to protect women’s health. The Roe v. Wade decision has been the established legal precedent for more than a half-century. The Supreme Court is allowing Texas to ride roughshod on the constitutional right for women to make their own choices about their own health and well-being.

Maryland, Virginia Senators Urge Biden to Resume Plans for New FBI Headquarters
Maryland Matters, Danielle E. GainesMay 4, 2021 (Short)

Maryland and Virginia senators have joined together to urge President Joe Biden to resume plans to build a new Federal Bureau of Investigation headquarters, which could be built in either state.

The bureau’s current headquarters on Pennsylvania Avenue in D.C. – the J. Edgar Hoover Building – “has crumbling facades, aging infrastructure, and security limitations that are severely impeding the FBI’s ability to meet its critical law enforcement and national security missions,” wrote Maryland’s U.S. Sens. Benjamin L. Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Virginia’s Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, all Democrats.

The letter was sent Friday.

In 2014, the federal General Services Administration narrowed the list of potential new headquarters locations to two sites in Prince George’s County, and one site in Springfield, Va.

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“He is a man of substance and integrity who understands complicated issues and the art of compromise.”- The Baltimore Sun

First elected to the Senate in 2006, Senator Cardin currently serves as Chair of the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee, which is on the forefront of rebuilding our economy. He is a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations, Finance, and Environment & Public Works committees.

Senator Cardin is a leading advocate for the Chesapeake Bay, which is the economic, historical and cultural heart of Maryland. Nationally, he is a champion of protecting our clean air and clean water. He has introduced legislation to restore the health of America’s great water bodies and is the leading proponent of investing in improvements to America’s aging water infrastructure system while preparing it for the impacts of climate change.  His commitment to reduce pollution and protect our environment fuels his work to broaden investments in safe public transit, as well as walking and bike trails.

A member of the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee since arriving in the Senate, Senator Cardin helped write the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) that has helped small businesses in Maryland and nationwide weather the economic repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic and he created the EIDL Advance Grant program to quickly get cash to small businesses in need. Senator Cardin was responsible for the extension of increased guarantees and reduced fees in the Small Business Administration’s two largest loan programs. He has made it a priority to find better ways to provide access to credit for qualified small businesses and entrepreneurs, particularly minority-owned, women-owned and veteran-owned businesses. He consistently is urging federal agencies to take all steps possible to meet or exceed their modest small business contracting goals. He also has been a strong defender of the federal workforce.

Senator Cardin believes access to quality, affordable health care should be a right and not a privilege, especially during a public health crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic. He continues to be a strong supporter of the Affordable Care Act and has advocated for the addition of a public option for coverage. He led the fight for the Patients’ Bill of Rights and, because of his efforts, the law ensures that individuals in private health insurance plans have the right to choose their primary care provider, women have direct access to an ob/gyn, and patients with medical emergencies are guaranteed coverage for necessary ER visits. He was responsible for the elevation of the National Institute for Minority Health Disparities at the National Institutes of Health and has been a strong supporter of increases in funding for federally qualified health care centers and health information technology. Senator Cardin continues to be a leading champion for increased medical research funding for Maryland’s world-class universities, NIH, and our State’s cutting edge biotech industry.

One of Senator Cardin’s proudest accomplishments was leading the fight to guarantee access to dental care for children in the Children’s Health Insurance Program, following the tragic loss of a 12-year-old Prince George’s County boy who died after complications that followed an untreated tooth infection. He continues to fight for dental coverage for adults and older Americans.

Senator Cardin has a deep interest in foreign affairs and has worked across party lines to further our national security and protect universal human rights. He has fought to ensure that anti-corruption, transparency and respect for human rights are integrated our foreign policy. He also has worked to ensure gender equity in national security programs and policies. He has been a Commissioner on the U.S. Helsinki Commission since 1993, serving as Chairman of the Commission in the current 117th, as well as the 113th and 111th Congresses. In 2015, he was named as the Special Representative on Anti-Semitism, Racism, and Intolerance for the 57-nation Organization Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Parliamentary Assembly. Senator Cardin serves as a member of the Foreign Relations Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women’s Issues. He previously has served as the Ranking Member of the SFRC East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy Subcommittee, and he is the former Chairman of the International Development and Foreign Assistance Subcommittee.

Serving as a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee during his first four years in the Senate, Senator Cardin also has developed a reputation for defending civil rights at home and has sought to find a balance between protection of civil liberties and national security. He is the lead sponsors of legislation to prohibit racial and religious profiling by all levels of law enforcement, restore voting rights for former felons, and remove the deadline for ratification of the Equal Right Amendment. He has been a proud cosponsor of the Respect for Marriage Act and the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

From 1987-2006, Ben Cardin represented Maryland’s Third Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives and served for 17 years on the Ways & Means Committee. He was a member of the Maryland House of Delegates from 1967-1986. During his time as Speaker from 1979-1986, he reformed Maryland’s property tax system, the school financing formula and the ethical standards for elected officials.

A 1967 graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law (1st in his class), he earned his B.A. degree in 1964 from the University of Pittsburgh (cum laude). He is a member of the U.S. Naval Academy Board of Visitors, the Johns Hopkins University Institute for Policy Studies’ National Advisory Board and the St. Mary’s College Advisory Board, Center for Study of Democracy.

Senator Cardin is married to Myrna Edelman Cardin and his daughter Deborah and son-in-law Jonathan Willis have two daughters, Madeline and Julia.

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Benjamin Louis Cardin (born October 5, 1943) is an American lawyer and politician serving as the senior United States senator from Maryland, a seat he has held since 2007. A member of the Democratic Party, he previously was the U.S. Representative for Maryland’s 3rd congressional district from 1987 to 2007. Cardin served as a member of the Maryland House of Delegates from 1967 to 1987 and as Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates from 1979 to 1987, the youngest person to hold the position in history. In his half-century career as an elected official, he has never lost an election.

Cardin was elected as U.S. Senator to succeed Paul Sarbanes in 2006, defeating Republican Michael Steele, the Lieutenant Governor of Maryland, by a margin of 54% to 44%. He was reelected in 2012 taking 56% of the vote.[1] He became Maryland’s senior U.S. Senator on January 3, 2017 upon Barbara Mikulski‘s retirement. Cardin won reelection to a third term in 2018, taking 65% of the vote.

Early life and career

Benjamin Louis Cardin was born in Baltimore, Maryland.[2] The family name was originally “Kardonsky”, before it was changed to “Cardin”. Cardin’s grandparents were Russian Jewish immigrants. His grandfather, Benjamin Green, operated a neighborhood grocery store that later turned into a wholesale food distribution company.[3] His mother, Dora (Green), was a schoolteacher, and his father, Meyer Cardin, served in the Maryland House of Delegates (1935–1937) and later sat on the Baltimore City Supreme Bench (1961–1977).[3][4][5]

Cardin and his family attended the Modern Orthodox Beth Tfiloh Congregation near their home, with which the family had been affiliated for three generations. Cardin attended City College High School, graduating in 1961. In 1964, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh,[2] where he was a member of the Pi Lambda Phi fraternity. He earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1967, graduating first in his class.[2] Cardin was admitted to the Maryland Bar that same year, and joined the private practice of Rosen and Esterson until 1978.[2]

Political career

Maryland House of Delegates

While still in law school, Cardin was elected to the Maryland House of Delegates in November 1966.[2][3] He held the seat once held by his uncle, Maurice Cardin, who had decided to not run for re-election so that his nephew could instead pursue the seat. He was chairman of the Ways & Means Committee from 1974 to 1979, then served as the 103rd Speaker of the House until he left office.[6] At age 35, he was the youngest Speaker in Maryland history at the time.[2] As Speaker, he was involved with reform efforts involving Maryland’s property tax system, school financing formula, and ethical standards for elected officials.[6]

U.S. House of Representatives

In 1986, with Congresswoman Barbara Mikulski mounting what would be a successful bid for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by retiring Senator Charles Mathias, Cardin ran for Mikulski’s seat representing the 3rd congressional district, which covered a large slice of inner Baltimore, as well as several close-in suburbs. Cardin won the Democratic nomination with 82 percent of the vote—the real contest in this heavily Democratic district. He won the general election with 79 percent of the vote against a perennial candidate, Republican Ross Z. Pierpont.

On the floor of the House on June 12, 2006, Representative Cardin calling for the withdrawal of all troops from Iraq by 2007

Cardin was reelected nine times, rarely facing serious opposition and even running unopposed in 1992. In the 2000 round of redistricting, his district was redrawn to add significant portions of Anne Arundel County, including the state capital of Annapolis. His last two opponents hailed from Anne Arundel and nearly carried the district’s portion of that county.

In the House, Cardin was involved with fiscal issues, pension reform, and health care. His legislation to increase the amount individuals can store in their 401k plans and IRAs was passed in 2001. His bill to expand Medicare to include preventive benefits such as colorectal, prostate, mammogram, and osteoporosis screening was also enacted. He also authored legislation to provide a Medicare prescription drug benefit for chronic illnesses; fund graduate medical education; and guarantee coverage for emergency services.[6]

Cardin has also advocated, via proposed legislation, welfare reform. His bill to increase education and support services for foster children between ages 18 and 21 was signed into law in 1999.[6] He authored bills to expand child support, improve the welfare-to-work program, and increase the child care tax credit.[6]

In 1998, Cardin was appointed Chairman of the Special Study Commission on Maryland Public Ethics Law by the Maryland General Assembly. In 1997, he co-chaired the Bipartisan Ethics Task Force in an effort to reform ethics procedures in the House of Representatives. He also held leadership positions on the Organization, Study and Review Committee and the Steering Committee of the House Democratic Caucus, and served as Senior Democratic Whip.

Cardin has been commended for his work with fiscal policy. He has been honored by Worth magazine and by Treasury and Risk Management for his work protecting retirement plans and government-supported medical care for the elderly. He has also received scores of 100 percent from the League of Conservation Voters and the NAACP, indicating stances that are in favor of environmental protection and civil rights. Cardin was also one of 133 members of Congress to vote against the 2002 Iraq Resolution.[7]

Cardin (at podium) joining fellow Representatives Roscoe Bartlett (center; R-MD) and Jo Ann Davis (left; R-VA) in calling for a study of homeland security needs of the National Capital region, including Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia

Committee assignments

As of May 2006, Cardin served on the following House committees:

U.S. Senate

Elections

2006

On April 26, 2005, Cardin announced that he would seek the U.S. Senate seat of long-standing senator Paul Sarbanes (D-MD), following the announcement by Sarbanes that he would not be running for re-election in 2006. On September 12, 2006, Cardin faced a challenging primary battle with other Maryland Democrats, including Allan Lichtman, Josh Rales, Dennis F. Rasmussen, and his former House colleague Kweisi Mfume. Cardin won, however, with 44 percent of the vote, compared to 40 percent for Mfume, five percent for Rales, and two percent for Rasmussen.[8]

Cardin won election on November 7, 2006, defeating Republican challenger Michael Steele 54 percent to 44 percent.[9] Cardin became the third consecutive Representative from Maryland’s 3rd congressional district to be elected Senator (following Sarbanes and Mikulski). John Sarbanes, Paul’s son, succeeded Cardin in the 3rd district.

2012

Cardin ran for re-election to a second term in 2012. He turned back a primary challenge from State Senator C. Anthony Muse, defeating him 74% to 16%, with seven other candidates taking the remaining 10%.

In the general election, he faced Republican Dan Bongino, a former United States Secret Service agent, Independent Rob Sobhani, an economist and businessman, and Libertarian Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad, President of the Minaret of Freedom Institute. Cardin easily won the election, taking 56% of the vote to Bongino’s 26.3%, Sobhani’s 16.4% and Ahmad’s 1%.[1]

2018

Cardin was re-elected for a third term in 2018.

Tenure

Cardin was participating in the certification of the 2021 United States Electoral College vote count when the 2021 storming of the United States Capitol happened. Cardin was on the Senate chamber floor when the rioters breached the Capitol. He was “ushered quickly — and I do mean quickly — away from the Capitol” after Vice President Mike Pence was removed from the chambers.[10] During the storming, while Cardin hid with other senators in a safe location, he tweeted, blaming President Donald Trump for encouraging the rioters. He called for Trump to stop the protestors so the event would end “peacefully.”[11] Cardin also compared the police involvement during the storming to that seen during Black Lives Matter protests, calling it a “stark contrast.”[12] After the Capitol was secure, Cardin joined Congress to certify the count. After, he said that Trump should be held accountable for the insurrection and called for Republican leaders to tell Trump that he needs to resign.[13] Two days later, on January 8, Cardin called for the invocation of the Twenty-fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution or impeachment to remove Trump.[14]

Committee assignments

In 2015, Cardin became the ranking Democratic member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee after the departure of Senator Robert Menendez as ranking Democrat and Chairman.[15] Two weeks after Menendez departure, Cardin was credited with facilitating achievement of a unanimous committee vote in favor of the markup for the bill on the USA’s involvement in the negotiations with Iran on nuclear technology.[15]
Senator Menendez returned to chair the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 2021.

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Legislation sponsored

The following is an incomplete list of legislation that Cardin has sponsored:

International experience

Cardin has been a Commissioner on the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (the U.S. Helsinki Commission) since 1993, serving as Ranking Member from 2003 to 2006.[17] He subsequently served two terms as co-chair of the commission, from 2007 to 2008, and 2011 to 2012; and also two terms as chair, from 2009 to 2010, and 2013 to 2014.[2] From 2015 to 2016 he was again ranking member.[18] In 2006 he was elected vice president of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Parliamentary Assembly, and served through 2014.[2]

Honors

Cardin testifying before the U.S. House Ways and Means subcommittee on Human Resources

Cardin holds honorary degrees from several institutions, including the University of Baltimore School of Law (1990); University of Maryland, Baltimore (1993); Baltimore Hebrew University (1994); Goucher College (1996); and Villa Julie College (2007).

As of 2016 Cardin sits on the Board of Visitors of the University of Maryland School of Law, his law school alma mater.[19]

From 1988 to 1995, he chaired the Maryland Legal Services Corp. Through much of his political career, he has continued to work with law policy.

From 1988 to 1999, Cardin served on the St. Mary’s College of Maryland Board of Trustees, and in 2002, he was appointed to the St. Mary’s Advisory Board for the Study of Democracy. In 1999, he was appointed to the Goucher College Board of Trustees.

Cardin has been awarded the following foreign honor:

Political positions

On a list by Congressional Quarterly of the members of Congress who were most supportive of President Barack Obama‘s legislative agenda in 2009, Cardin was tied for fifth most supportive Senator with five other Senators.[22] In 2013, National Journal rated him as tied with six other Democratic senators for fifth most liberal Senator.[23] The American Conservative Union gave him a 4% lifetime conservative rating in 2020.[24]

Agriculture

In June 2019, Cardin and eighteen other Democratic senators sent a letter to USDA Inspector General (IG) Phyllis K. Fong with the request that the IG investigate USDA instances of retaliation and political decision-making and asserted that not conducting an investigation would mean these “actions could be perceived as a part of this administration’s broader pattern of not only discounting the value of federal employees, but suppressing, undermining, discounting, and wholesale ignoring scientific data produced by their own qualified scientists.”[25]

Death penalty

Senator Cardin is a supporter of the death penalty.[26]

Economy

In March 2019, Cardin was one of six senators to sign a letter to the Federal Trade Commission requesting it “use its rulemaking authority, along with other tools, in order to combat the scourge of non-compete clauses rigging our economy against workers” and espousing the view that such provisions “harm employees by limiting their ability to find alternate work, which leaves them with little leverage to bargain for better wages or working conditions with their immediate employer.” The senators furthered that the FTC had the responsibility of protecting both consumers and workers and needed to “act decisively” to address their concerns over “serious anti-competitive harms from the proliferation of non-competes in the economy.”[27]

Education

In 2007, Cardin supported the United States Public Service Academy Act. The Act would serve to create “an undergraduate institution devoted to developing civilian leaders.” Like the Military Academies, this would give students 4 years of tuition-free education in exchange for 5 years of public service upon graduation.[28]

Environment

Liberal environmentalists criticized Cardin for compromising too much while working with conservative James Inhofe on an amendment to Cardin’s Chesapeake Bay legislation.[29] Josh Saks, senior legislative representative for water resources campaigns with the National Wildlife Federation, praised Cardin as “the lead voice for clean water and the restoration of America’s great waters in Congress.”[29]

In November 2018, Cardin was one of twenty-five Democratic senators to cosponsor a resolution specifying key findings of the Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change report and National Climate Assessment. The resolution affirmed the senators’ acceptance of the findings and their support for bold action toward addressing climate change.[30]

In March 2019, Cardin was one of eleven senators to sponsor the Climate Security Act of 2019, legislation forming a new group within the State Department that would have the responsibility for developing strategies to integrate climate science and data into operations of national security as well as restoring the post of special envoy for the Arctic, which had been dismantled by President Trump in 2017. The proposed envoy would advise the president and the administration on the potential effects of climate on national security and be responsible for facilitating all interagency communication between federal science and security agencies.[31]

Elections

In October 2018, Cardin cosponsored, together with Chris Van Hollen and Susan Collins, a bipartisan bill that if passed would block “any persons from foreign adversaries from owning or having control over vendors administering U.S. elections.” Protect Our Elections Act would make companies involved in administering elections reveal foreign owners, and informing local, state and federal authorities if said ownership changes. Companies failing to comply would face fines of $100,000.[32][33]

Equal Rights Amendment

Cardin has sponsored legislation in support of the Equal Rights Amendment.[34]

Gun control

Cardin has an “F” rating from the National Rifle Association.[35]

In 2013, he co-sponsored the Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act in an effort to ban large-capacity ammunition.[36]

In response to the Orlando nightclub shooting, Cardin questioned the legality of military style assault weapons stating that “in my observations in Maryland, I don’t know too many people who need to have that type of weapon in order to do hunting in my state or to keep themselves safe.”[37]

Cardin opposed the 2016 sale of approximately 26,000 assault rifles to the national police of the Philippines. His opposition led to the U.S. State Department halting the sale.[38]

In the wake of the 2017 Las Vegas shooting, Cardin stated that thoughts and prayers were not going to save more people from dying in mass shootings.[39] He also made a call for action to change gun laws, stating on Twitter that “Automatic weapons aren’t needed to hunt deer or ducks; they’re meant to kill people.”[40] In response to the shooting, Cardin sponsored Dianne Feinstein‘s proposal to ban bump stocks, which were used by the shooter to kill 58 individuals and injure over 500.[41]

Journalism

In July 2019, Cardin and Rob Portman introduced the Fallen Journalists Memorial Act, a bill that would create a new memorial that would be privately funded and constructed on federal lands within Washington, D.C. in order to honor journalists, photographers, and broadcasters that have died in the line of duty.[42]

Healthcare

In the 111th Congress, Cardin helped secure dental benefits in the State Children’s Health Insurance Plan.[43]

In August 2019, Cardin was one of nineteen senators to sign a letter to United States Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin and United States Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar requesting data from the Trump administration in order to aid in the comprehension of states and Congress on potential consequences in the event that the Texas v. United States Affordable Care Act (ACA) lawsuit prevailed in courts, citing that an overhaul of the present health care system would form “an enormous hole in the pocketbooks of the people we serve as well as wreck state budgets”.[44]

In October 2019, Cardin was one of twenty-seven senators to sign a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer advocating for the passage of the Community Health Investment, Modernization, and Excellence (CHIME) Act, which was set to expire the following month. The senators warned that if the funding for the Community Health Center Fund (CHCF) was allowed to expire, it “would cause an estimated 2,400 site closures, 47,000 lost jobs, and threaten the health care of approximately 9 million Americans.”[45]

Housing

In April 2019, Cardin was one of forty-one senators to sign a bipartisan letter to the housing subcommittee praising the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Section 4 Capacity Building program as authorizing “HUD to partner with national nonprofit community development organizations to provide education, training, and financial support to local community development corporations (CDCs) across the country” and expressing disappointment that President Trump’s budget “has slated this program for elimination after decades of successful economic and community development.” The senators wrote of their hope that the subcommittee would support continued funding for Section 4 in Fiscal Year 2020.[46]

International policy

On 31 October 2011 Cardin endorsed the proposal for the United Nations Parliamentary Assembly (UNPA). He is one of only six persons who served as members of the United States Congress ever to do so and is the only one who did so while in office.[47]

Cardin has often supported positions that aim to strengthen America’s relationship with Israel.[48] In 2017, Cardin sponsored a bill, the Israel Anti-Boycott Act (S. 720), that would penalize commercial businesses that wanted to aid International NGOs and/or organizations in boycotting Israel.[49][50]

He supported civilian nuclear cooperation with India.[51]

Weeks after the 2014 Hong Kong class boycott campaign and Umbrella Movement broke out which demands genuine universal suffrage among other goals, Cardin among bipartisan colleagues joined U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown and Rep. Chris Smith‘s effort to introduce Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act which would update the United States–Hong Kong Policy Act of 1992 and U.S. commitment to Hong Kong’s freedom and democracy. “Civil society and democratic freedoms are under attack around the world and Hong Kong is on the front lines. The United States has a responsibility to protect human rights and defend against these threats,” Cardin, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations East Asian and Pacific Affairs Subcommittee said.[52][53][54][55][56][57]

In July 2017, Cardin voted in favor of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act that placed sanctions on Iran together with Russia and North Korea.[58] On 11 October 2017, in a joint statement, Cardin and Senator John McCain questioned the Trump administration’s commitment to the sanctions bill.[59]

Cardin with Mark Warner in May 2017

In October 2017, Cardin condemned the genocide of the Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar and called for a stronger response to the crisis.[60]

In August 2018, Cardin and 16 other lawmakers urged the Trump administration to impose sanctions under the Global Magnitsky Act against Chinese officials who are responsible for human rights abuses against the Uyghur Muslim minority in western China’s Xinjiang region.[61] They wrote: “The detention of as many as a million or more Uyghurs and other predominantly Muslim ethnic minorities in ‘political reeducation’ centers or camps requires a tough, targeted, and global response.”[62]

Cardin condemned President Erdoğan‘s wide-ranging crackdown on dissent following a failed July 2016 coup in America’s NATO ally Turkey.[63]

In April 2019, Cardin was one of thirty-four senators to sign a letter to President Trump encouraging him “to listen to members of your own Administration and reverse a decision that will damage our national security and aggravate conditions inside Central America”, asserting that Trump had “consistently expressed a flawed understanding of U.S. foreign assistance” since becoming president and that he was “personally undermining efforts to promote U.S. national security and economic prosperity” through preventing the use of Fiscal Year 2018 national security funding. The senators argued that foreign assistance to Central American countries created less migration to the U.S., citing the funding’s helping to improve conditions in those countries.[64]

Online privacy

Cardin supports Net Neutrality, as shown by his vote during the 109th Congress in favor of the Markey Amendment to H.R. 5252 which would add Net Neutrality provisions to the federal telecommunications code.[65] Cardin also supports Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act, which gives DOJ the tools to target those site owners who are engaged in illegal digital piracy.[66]

Taxes

Cardin is opposed to eliminating the tax deduction for charitable donations and supports raising taxes on higher income earners.[67] During a December 20, 2012, interview with Maria Bartiromo on CNBC, Cardin stated, “We’re now a few days away from Christmas. The easiest way to get the revenues is to get the rates from the higher income, uh, taxpayers.”[67] In response to the question, “Are you prepared to vote to limit the loophole of charitable deductions?” Cardin responded, “No.”[67]

Whistleblowers

In November 2011, Cardin’s intended update of the 1917 Espionage Act upset some public disclosure advocates. They complained that it “would make it harder for federal employees to expose government fraud and abuse.”[68]

Israel

Cardin is a co-sponsor of a Senate resolution expressing objection to the UN Security Council Resolution 2334, which condemned Israeli settlement building in the occupied Palestinian territories as a violation of international law. Cardin said that “Congress will take action against efforts at the UN, or beyond, that use Resolution 2334 to target Israel.”[69]

Cardin supported President Donald Trump‘s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. He stated: “Jerusalem is the capital of the State of Israel and the location of the US Embassy should reflect this fact.”[70]

Cardin and Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) proposed the Israel Anti-Boycott Act in late 2018 which would make it illegal for companies to engage in boycotts against Israel and Israeli settlements in the Israeli-occupied territories.[71] The bill would expand the Export Administration Act (EAA) to foreign boycotts imposed by international organizations like the European Union, Arab League and the United Nations. Cardin and Portman were strongly in promotion of the bill, and worked to integrate it into larger spending legislation to be signed by then-President Trump.[72]

Personal life

Cardin married high school sweetheart Myrna Edelman, a teacher,[73] on November 24, 1964. They have a daughter, Deborah. Their son Michael died of suicide on March 24, 1998[74] at age 30.[75]

In 2002, Cardin’s 32-year-old nephew, Jon S. Cardin, was elected as a Delegate representing the 11th district of western Baltimore County. With the 11th legislative district overlapping the 3rd congressional district, there were two Cardin’s on the ticket in this area in 2002. Present at Jon’s swearing in was the oldest living former member of the House of Delegates at 95 years of age, Meyer Cardin, Jon’s grandfather and Ben’s father. Also in attendance was Cardin, who remarked, “The next generation’s taking over.”[76]

Volunteer service

For many years Cardin served on the Board of Trustees for St. Mary’s College of Maryland. He was very active on the board and also played key roles in the establishment of the Center for the Study of Democracy at the college, where he also served on the advisory board.

Electoral history

Maryland’s 3rd Congressional District election, 2000
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Ben Cardin (Incumbent) 169,347 75.66
RepublicanScott Conwell53,82724.05
LibertarianJoe Pomykala2380.11
Write-ins4060.18
Total votes223,818 100.00
Democratic hold
Maryland’s 3rd Congressional District election, 2002
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Ben Cardin (Incumbent) 145,589 65.79
RepublicanScott Conwell75,72134.21
Total votes221,310 100.00
Democratic hold
Maryland’s 3rd Congressional District election, 2004
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
DemocraticBen Cardin (Incumbent) 182,066 63.44% -2.35
RepublicanRobert P. Duckworth97,00833.80%-0.41
GreenPatsy Allen7,8952.75%+2.75
Total votes286,969 100.00
Democratic hold
Maryland United States Senate primary election results, 2006[77]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Ben Cardin 257,545 43.67
DemocraticKweisi Mfume238,95740.52
DemocraticJosh Rales30,7375.21
DemocraticDennis F. Rasmussen10,9971.86
DemocraticMike Schaefer7,7731.32
DemocraticAllan Lichtman6,9191.17
DemocraticTheresa C. Scaldaferri5,0810.86
DemocraticJames H. Hutchinson4,9490.84
DemocraticDavid Dickerson3,9500.67
DemocraticA. Robert Kaufman3,9080.66
DemocraticAnthony Jaworski3,4860.59
DemocraticThomas McCaskill3,4590.59
DemocraticGeorge T. English2,3050.39
DemocraticBob Robinson2,2080.37
DemocraticLih Young2,0390.35
DemocraticBlaine Taylor1,8480.31
DemocraticJoseph Werner1,8320.31
DemocraticCharles Ulysses Smith1,7020.29
Total votes589,695 100
Maryland United States Senate general election results, 2006[78]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
DemocraticBen Cardin 965,477 54.21 -9.0
RepublicanMichael Steele787,18244.19+7.5
GreenKevin Zeese27,5641.55n/a
Write-ins9160.050
Majority178,295100.00
Turnout1,781,139
Democratic holdSwing
United States Senate primary election in Maryland, 2012[79][80][81]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Ben Cardin (incumbent) 240,704 74.2
DemocraticC. Anthony Muse50,80715.7
DemocraticChris Garner9,2742.9
DemocraticRaymond Levi Blagmon5,9091.8
DemocraticJ. P. Cusick4,7781.5
DemocraticBlaine Taylor4,3761.3
DemocraticLih Young3,9931.2
DemocraticRalph Jaffe3,3131.0
DemocraticEd Tinus1,0640.3
Total votes324,218 100
United States Senate general election in Maryland, 2012[1]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
DemocraticBen Cardin (incumbent) 1,474,028 55.98% +1.77%
RepublicanDan Bongino693,29126.33%-17.86%
IndependentRob Sobhani430,93416.37%N/A
LibertarianDean Ahmad32,2521.22%N/A
N/AWrite-ins2,7290.10%+0.05%
Total votes2,633,234 100.0% N/A
Democratic hold
United States Senate primary election in Maryland, 2018[82]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Ben Cardin (incumbent) 447,441 79.24%
DemocraticChelsea Manning34,6116.13%
DemocraticJerome Segal20,0273.55%
DemocraticDebbie Wilson18,9533.36%
DemocraticMarcia H. Morgan16,0472.84%
DemocraticLih Young9,8741.75%
DemocraticRichard Vaughn9,4801.68%
DemocraticErik Jetmir8,2591.46%
Total votes564,692 100%
United States Senate general election in Maryland, 2018[83]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
DemocraticBen Cardin (incumbent) 1,491,614 64.86% +8.88%
RepublicanTony Campbell697,01730.31%+3.98%
IndependentNeal Simon85,9643.74%N/A
LibertarianArvin Vohra22,9431.00%-0.22%
Write-in2,3510.10%N/A
Total votes2,299,889 100% N/A
Democratic hold

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