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Ben Cardin's Biography

Office:

Contact Information

10201 Martin Luther King Jr. Highway
Suite 210
Bowie, MD 20720

100 South Charles Street
Tower 1, Suite 1710
Baltimore, MD 21201

451 Hungerford Drive
Suite 230
Rockville, MD 20850

13 Canal Street
Room 305
Cumberland, MD 21502

Plaza Gallery Building
212 West Main Street, Suite 301C
Salisbury, MD 21801

509 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Full Name:

Benjamin 'Ben' L. Cardin

Gender:

Male

Family:

Wife: Myrna; 1 Child: Deborah

Birth Date:

10/05/1943

Birth Place:

Baltimore, MD

Home City:

Baltimore, MD

Religion:

Jewish

JD, University of Maryland School of Law, 1967

BA, Economics, University of Pittsburgh, 1964

Graduated, Baltimore City College, 1961

Senator, United States Senate, 2006-present

Candidate, United States Senate, 2018

Representative, United States House of Representatives, District 3, 1987-2006

Senior Democratic Whip, United States House of Representatives, 2006

Speaker, Maryland State House of Delegates, 1979-1986

Delegate, Maryland State House of Delegates, 1967-1986

Chair, Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, 2015-present

Member, Democratic Steering Committee, present

Former Member, Budget Committee, United States House of Representatives

Former Member, Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus

Former Member, Congressional Biotechnology Caucus

Former Member, Congressional Competitiveness Caucus

Former Member, Congressional Human Rights Caucus

Former Member, Congressional Steel Caucus

Former Member, Congressional Urban Caucus

Former Member, Executive Board, Congressional Arts Caucus

Former Member, House Administration, United States House of Representatives

Former Co-Chair, House Intercity Passenger Rail Coalition

Former Senior Democrat, Human Resources Subcommittee, United States House of Representatives

Former Member, Public Works and Transportation Committee, United States House of Representatives

Former Member, Select Committee on Homeland Security, United States House of Representatives

Chair, Study and Review Committee, Democratic Caucus

Former Member, Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy, United States Senate

Former Member, Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety, United States Senate

Former Ranking Member, Subcommittee on East Asia, The Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, United States Senate

Former Member, Subcommittee on Near East, South Asia, Central Asia, and Counterterrorism, United States Senate

Former Senior Democrat, Trade Subcommittee, United States House of Representatives

Former Member, Ways and Means Committee, United States House of Representatives

Chair, Special Study Commission on Maryland Public Ethics Law, 1998

Co-Chair, Bipartisan Ethics Task Force, 1997

Chair, Ways & Means Committee, Maryland House of Delegates, 1974-1979

Attorney, Private Practice, 1967-1986

Trustee, Baltimore Council on Foreign Affairs

Member, Chancellor's Advisory Council, University of Maryland

Member, National Advisory Board, Johns Hopkins University's Institute for Policy Studies

Trustee, University of Maryland Alumni Association International

Trustee, Goucher College, 1999-2008

Member, Board of Visitors, United States Naval Academy, 2007

Member, Advisory Board, Center for Study of Democracy, Saint Mary's College, 2002

Trustee, Saint Mary's College, 1988-1999

Member, Board of Visitors, University of Maryland School of Law, 1991-1998

Member, President's Board of Visitors, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 1998

Chair, Maryland Legal Services Corporation, 1988-1995

Astrological Sign:

Libra

Awards:

Congressional Champion Award, The National Coalition for Cancer Research, 2002; Public Sector Distinguished Award, Tax Foundation, 2003; Congressional Advocate of the Year Award, Child Welfare League of America, 2000; National Leadership Award for Service to Children and Families, Casey Family Services, 2000; Congressional Service Award, American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, 2003; Outstanding Leadership Award, American Occupational Therapy Assn., 2003; Congressional Leadership Award, The American College of Emergency Physicians, 2001; The Small Business Council of America's Congressional Award, 1993, 1999, 2004; Public Service Award, Towson Business Association, 2004; "A" Rating for Civil Rights, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), 2008; 100 Most Influential People in Finance, Treasury and Risk Management, 2001

Father's Name:

Meyer M. Cardin

Father's Occupation:

Lawyer, Politician, Judge

Favorite Book:

Profiles in Courage by John F. Kennedy

Favorite Color:

Blue

Favorite Food:

Anything Spicy

Favorite Movie:

James Bond - all of them

Favorite President and Why:

John F. Kennedy because he inspired young Americans to give back to their country

Favorite Type of Music:

Classical

Favorite Vacation Spot:

Beach and Mountains

First Job:

Working in Grocery Shop

Hobbies or Special Talents:

Biking, Boating, Photography

Names of Grandchildren:

Julia, Madeline

Number of Grandchildren:

2

Personal Hero and Why:

John F. Kennedy, because he inspired young Americans to give back to their country.

Pets (include names):

none

Priority Issues:

Making Maryland and America safer and stronger for future generations

Improving access to quality health care for all Americans

Making education a national priority

Strengthening Social Security

Reason for Seeking Public Office:

'After serving in the House of Representatives for 18 years, I believe I will have a positive impact on more lives, and help strengthen more communities and families as the next U.S. Senator from Maryland.''

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