Chris Van HollenChris Van Hollen – MD

Current Position: US Senator
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2022 US Senator
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 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
Candidate: 2022 US Senator
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 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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Washington, DC

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Washington, DC 20510
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Baltimore, MD 21218
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Rockville, MD 20850
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  • Committee on Appropriations
    • Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government (Chair)
    • Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs
    • Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
  • Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
    • Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation, and Community Development
    • Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection
    • Subcommittee on Securities, Insurance, and Investment
  • Committee on Foreign Relations
  • Committee on the Budget

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VAN HOLLEN JR, CHRISTOPHER J (CHRIS) has run in 5 races for public office, winning 5 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $16,655,704.

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Delivering for Marylanders

Whether it’s large investments in transportation, resources to protect the Chesapeake Bay, support for schools, students, seniors, affordable housing, COVID relief, or economic development initiatives, Chris has worked tirelessly as our Senator to deliver for Marylanders in every corner of our state.

As a member of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee, the same Committee where Senator Barbara Mikulski once served, Chris has been uniquely positioned to help address key needs of our state and deliver real results for Marylanders.  There is not a single County or municipality that hasn’t benefited from his non-stop efforts to lookout for the people of Maryland and secure resources to address unmet priorities.

Provisions in the recently passed Infrastructure bill and the Build Back Better Act will provide historic investments in the future of our physical and human infrastructure — and have a massive positive impact on the lives of Marylanders.

Modernizing Our Infrastructure and Building Back Better.  Chris shares President Biden’s view that simply returning to the pre-pandemic status-quo in our country is not good enough. We must use this moment to address chronic challenges that have gone unaddressed for far too long — and build our country and our economy back better than they were before January 2020.  Building back better means modernizing our infrastructure, building an economy with more shared prosperity, reducing the everyday costs overwhelming the weekly budgets of hardworking families, addressing issues of racial equity and social justice, and confronting the mounting harms wrought by climate change. We have much work ahead of us to build an economy where every American has a fair shot. But the good news is that we are making important progress already and Chris is working to deliver for Marylanders.

The Infrastructure Modernization Law. Chris was proud to join President Biden at the White House on November 15th for the signing of the bipartisan Infrastructure modernization bill, which contains many provisions that he championed for our state. Those include over $7 billion over the next five years to modernize Maryland’s roads, bridges, tunnels, and transit systems — and  funds that will help modernize AMTRAK and make changes that will cut the rail travel time between Washington D.C. and Baltimore to thirty minutes. The infrastructure bill also provides funds for a national program, that Chris spearheaded, to remove past infrastructure that divided communities, like the infamous Highway to Nowhere in West Baltimore, which decimated and split a once vibrant African American community, leaving an empty wasteland in its place. Chris also led the way on the renewed federal commitment of $150 million a year for the Washington area Metro system and, importantly, the provision that revives the possibility of building a new Red Line metro system in Baltimore — a project that Governor Hogan unilaterally terminated years ago despite a commitment of almost $1 billion in federal funds.

The Infrastructure Bill also includes a large infusion of funds ($267 million on top of the annual appropriations) to protect and restore the Chesapeake Bay. Chris also worked to include a large pool of funds that can be used by the Port of Baltimore to dramatically increase its cargo capacity, making room for substantial job growth in the Baltimore area.  Finally, for years, Chris has fought to secure the funds, included in this bill, to end the digital divide and expand broadband to every household and business. He also fought successfully for the measures to ensure clean drinking water and start building a national network of electric car charging stations and other infrastructure to accelerate our country’s transition away from fossil-fuels and to a clean energy economy.

The Build Back Better Plan. The infrastructure modernization plan will revitalize America’s physical backbone and help bring it into the 21st Century. But, in order for us to achieve our goal of greater prosperity for all, we must also empower every American to succeed in this century, end the constant financial squeeze faced by too many American workers, families and seniors, and address the mounting harm caused by climate change to communities across our country. The Build Back Better agenda will directly address these challenges and, as a member of the Senate Budget Committee, Chris is proud to have been at the forefront of the effort to design and pass this important bill. It will include a number of measures Chris has championed for years — including universal early education so every child can get a good start; affordable child care (no family will have to pay more than 7% of their income on quality child care); and, over time, significant cuts in the cost of prescription drugs. Chris has also been a leading sponsor of another key element of the plan — tax cuts for middle and lower income families of up to $3,600 per child, which will benefit over 700,000 Maryland households and cut in half the national child poverty rate.  He has also been a leading proponent of the provisions to dramatically cut the cost of in-home health care for seniors and to expand Medicare to cover hearing services.

Chris has been a lead advocate of the desperately needed measure to expand the supply of affordable housing in our country, and authored the provision to boost the number of choice housing vouchers that empower families with young children to move to areas of opportunity.

The Build Back Better plan will also, finally, include major investments to prevent catastrophic climate change, and mitigate the rising threats we are already experiencing. Chris has been a champion and lead author of many provisions in in this area, including the deployment of a Clean Energy Accelerator (like a Green Bank), the measures to boost home energy efficiency, and the tax incentives to promote the rapid deployment of clean energy. These clean energy provisions of the bill are essential to our ability to achieve our goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2030 and net zero emissions by 2050.

Democracy & Governance

Protecting our Democracy and Ending Secret Money in Politics
Throughout his public service, Chris has worked to protect the right to vote and fight back against discriminatory attempts to disenfranchise Americans. An original sponsor of the Freedom to Vote Act and the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Act, he believes we must urgently fortify our democracy against the “Big Lie” and GOP voter suppression laws. A leading proponent of campaign finance reform, Chris is the original author of the DISCLOSE Act, which would end the torrents of secret money poisoning our politics

Economy & Jobs

An Economy that Works for Everyone
Chris believes the challenge of our time is building a stronger, more inclusive economy with more shared prosperity. That’s why he has led the charge to increase paychecks and benefits for working families and cut the costs of everything from prescription drugs to child care. He is the author of Build Back Better measures to end tax giveaways to the super wealthy so we can invest more in the success of every American.

 

Environment & Energy

Our Environment and the Planet
Environmental protection is not just about the future of our planet — it’s about clean air, public health and the quality of life for all. It’s also about jobs in the outdoors economy and our clean energy future. A longtime champion of the Chesapeake Bay, Chris has secured record federal funds to protect the Bay, and worked to include the clean water and key climate provisions in the recent BBB package. His Polluters Pay Climate Fund Act requires biggest polluters to help pay to cleanup the mess they created.

Health & Education

Universal Access to Affordable and Quality Health Care
One of the most fundamental responsibilities of government is to ensure universal access to affordable health care. Chris has worked tirelessly to defend the Affordable Care Act against Republican attacks and increase access to mental health and other services. He has championed measures to reduce prescription drug and health care costs, address the medical debt crisis, and end health disparities that mostly impact women and minorities.

Helping Marylanders get through the pandemic
Chris pushed for and won vital funding for economic relief to help Maryland families, workers, and small businesses during the pandemic, including direct support payments for families, rental and food assistance, delivery of essential resources to seniors, and critical funding to ramp up efforts to beat the virus and improve accessibility and equity of vaccine distribution.

Chris has been at the center of our national and global effort to defeat the coronavirus including the passage of the many federal relief measures to develop and deploy vaccines in a safe and effective manner — and to ensure Maryland’s front line workers, hospitals, emergency providers and others received the support they needed from federal emergency relief agencies. He also worked to address and fix the deficiencies and inequities in the way Maryland dispersed the vaccines and personal protective equipment.

Chris also played a key role in the deployment of emergency safety net programs to help those economically hit by the fallout from COVID-19, including the expansion of unemployment compensation to those who lost their jobs, the emergency payments to individuals, the Paycheck Protection Programs for small businesses and non-profits, the Restaurant Revitalization Program, the Emergency Rental Assistance program, the urgent funds to provide affordable access to badly needed high-speed internet services, and emergency funds for child care providers, schools, community colleges, universities, transit systems and state and local governments.

The American Rescue Plan, signed into law on March 11, 2021, just 50 days after Joe Biden became President, proved especially important at stabilizing our economy and helping Marylanders get back on their feet. That bill, which included numerous provisions championed by Senator Van Hollen, was unfortunately opposed by every single Republican senator.

Keeping Our Promises to Our Seniors
Chris believes deeply in the promises we make to those who have earned the dignity of a secure retirement after paying into Medicare and Social Security all their working lives. He has been a leader in protecting and strengthening benefits for seniors and he’ll never back down from that fight. He has played a pivotal role in the battle to give Medicare the power to negotiate lower costs for prescription drugs and to close the existing coverage gaps for hearing, dental and vision services.

Expanding Educational and Workforce Training Opportunities
Chris Van Hollen has always understood that there’s nothing more essential for our future success — as individuals, families, and a nation — than providing a quality education for every child and building ladders for career success. For Chris, that’s the foundation for expanding economic opportunities, and it’s why he’s been a champion for universal pre-k, led the fight to increase our investment in public schools, and pushed to expand apprenticeships, and reduce the costs of both community and four-year colleges.

Human Rights

The Struggle for Equal Rights and Equal Justice
Chris’s leadership on some of the biggest issues of our time — whether it’s advancing civil rights, reforming our criminal justice system, or fighting for gender and LGBT equality — stems from a deeply held belief in the values of equal rights and equal justice for all Americans. He is an original sponsor of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act and believes we need to end the private prison industry and treat drug addiction as a health issue, not a criminal act.

Women’s Health, Pay Equity and Choice
From his first days in the Maryland legislature to his current time in the Senate, Chris has been a recognized champion on issues vital for women and families. He is a staunch supporter of the Paycheck Protection Act to ensure equal pay for equal work and the Equal RIghts Amendment. He is also a fierce defender of a woman’s right to reproductive choice and an original sponsor of the Women’s Health Protection Act.

Public Safety

Strengthening Public Safety and Ending Gun Violence
Safe neighborhoods require a combination of strong community organizations, effective and accountable policing, alternative 9–11 emergency responses for mental health situations, robust after-school programs, and sensible gun laws. Chris has led efforts on all these fronts, including standing up to the NRA and the gun lobby. He will not rest until we end the epidemic of gun violence.

National Security and Foreign Policy
American leadership and engagement in the world are vital for our own security and to counter the rising tide of authoritarianism we see around the globe. Chris believes a strong, inclusive American economy is a critical backbone of effective leadership abroad. He has been working to advance our economic interests at home, counter illegal trade practices of China and others, end foreign influence in our elections, and promote human rights and democracy.

Immigration
America is a nation of immigrants, from our founding to today. Chris believes that enabling immigrants to become a strong and vital part of our country is not just consistent with our values, but is a proven path to strengthening our economic future. Chris is an original co-sponsor of comprehensive immigration reform initiatives, which would combine a path to citizenship for Dreamers, TPS recipients and others with effective border security.

Keeping our Promises to our Veterans
A grateful nation must support those who are willing to risk their lives for our safety and freedom. Chris honors those who serve by working hard to provide them with quality health care, education benefits, affordable housing, and opportunities to start businesses. He has successfully brought numerous Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) to Maryland and helped veterans secure the medals they earned serving our nation.

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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 61 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

Elections

Before Van Hollen’s election, incumbent Connie Morella had won eight elections in the district, despite being 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 census divided the 8th in two, giving one district to Van Hollen and forcing Morella to run against popular State Delegate Mark Kennedy Shriver. 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 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.[14] Van Hollen defeated Morella in the 2002 general election in part, according to some analysts, because of this redistricting.[15]

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 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% to 40.6%.

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. Van Hollen defeated Morella, 51.7% to 48.2%.[16] He crushed Morella in Prince George’s County while narrowly winning Montgomery County. Morella won most of the precincts she had previously represented.

Van Hollen was reelected four times from this district with over 70% of the vote.

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 part of even more Republican Carroll County. Nonetheless, his share of Montgomery County has more than double the population of his shares of Carroll and Frederick Counties combined, and Van Hollen won a sixth term over Republican Ken Timmerman with 63% of the vote. He lost in Carroll and Frederick, but swamped Timmerman in Montgomery by 113,500 votes.

Tenure

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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Elections

2016

Van Hollen defeated Republican Kathy Szeliga in the general election, 61% to 36%. He replaced Democrat Barbara Mikulski, who had retired from the Senate after serving for 30 years.[34]

2022

Van Hollen has announced his candidacy for reelection in 2022.[35]

Tenure

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.[36] He returned to his office, where he remained for the duration of the attack.[37] 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.”[38] 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.[39] After Congress returned to session to count the electoral votes, he voted against objections raised by some Republican senators.[40] 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.”[36]

Committee assignments

Current

Previous

Caucus memberships

Political positions

The American Conservative Union gave him a 4% lifetime conservative rating in 2020.[42]

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.[43]

Elections

In October 2018, Van Hollen and Susan Collins cosponsored the Protect Our Elections Act, legislation that would block “any persons from foreign adversaries from owning or having control over vendors administering U.S. elections” and 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.[44][45]

Foreign policy

In May 2020, Van Hollen voiced his opposition to Israel‘s plan to annex parts of the Israeli-occupied West Bank.[46]

Gun law

Van Hollen has been endorsed by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence,[47] a group which campaigns for more government regulation of guns.[48] Van Hollen received a 0% from the Gun Owners of America (GOA) in 2006.[49] In September 2008, Van Hollen voted against repealing portions of the Washington, D.C. Firearm Ban.[50]

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.”[51]

In response to the 2017 Las Vegas shooting, Van Hollen co-sponsored a bill to ban bump stocks.[52]

Health

Van Hollen supports Obamacare and has defended it many times.[53][54][55][56][57] He is also pro-choice.[58]

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.[59]

Taxes

Van Hollen received a 0% rating for the Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW), and the National Taxpayers Union (NTU), in 2010.[49] Both these organizations advocate for lower taxes for everyone including the wealthy.[60][61] In 2006, Van Hollen received a 100% rating from Citizens for Tax Justice (CTJ), a group that calls for higher taxes on the wealthy.[62] Van Hollen opposes eliminating the federal estate tax.[49][63]

Personal life

Van Hollen and his wife Katherine have three children: Anna, Nicholas, and Alexander.[64] Van Hollen is of Dutch descent.[65]

Health

On May 15, 2022, Van Hollen announced that he had a minor stroke over that weekend and would stay at George Washington University Hospital for a few days. He further said he was expected to make a full recovery with no long-term effects and would return to his work in the Senate later in the week.[66]

Electoral history

Maryland’s 8th congressional district election, 2002[67]
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[68]
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[69]
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[70]
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[71]
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[72]
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[73]
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[74]
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[75]
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

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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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maryland’s 8th congressional district

2003–2017
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as House Assistant Democratic Leader

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Chris Van Hollen – MD

Current Position: US Senator
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2022 US Senator
Former Position(s): US Representative from 2003 – 2017; State Senator from 1995 – 2003; Lawyer from 1990 – 2003

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