Ben Cardin

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Mary Landrieu
U.S. Junior Senator, Maryland
Party Democratic
Assumed office (class 1)

January 3, 2007
Serving with Barbara Mikulski

Preceded by Paul Sarbanes
Born October 5, 1943
Spouse Myrna Edelman Cardin
Religion Jewish

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Ben Cardin is a U.S. Senator from Maryland. He defeated Republican Michael S. Steele for the open seat that was vacated by Paul Sarbanes. Before running for the Senate, Cardin represented the 3rd Congressional District in Maryland. Before that he served in the Maryland House of Delegates from 1967-1986. He was Speaker from 1979-1986 and prior to that served as chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means from 1974-1979.



Senator Cardin was born on October 5, 1943 in Baltimore, Maryland. [1] [2]

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 also holds honorary degrees from the University of Baltimore School of Law (1990); University of Maryland at Baltimore (1993); Baltimore Hebrew University (1994); and Goucher College (1996). [3]

From 1988-1995, he chaired the Maryland Legal Services Corp. From 1988-1999, he served on the St. Mary’s College Board of Trustees, and in 2002, he was appointed to St. Mary’s Advisory Board, Center for Study of Democracy. He has been a Trustee of the Baltimore Council on Foreign Affairs since 1999. In 1991, he was appointed to the University of Maryland School of Law Board of Visitors, and in 1998, he was appointed to the UMBC’s President’s Board of Visitors. In 1999, he joined the Goucher College Board of Trustees. [4]




  • Ranking Member on the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (the U.S. Helsinki Commission)
  • Chair of one of the three international committees of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Parliamentary Assembly that deals with economics and the environment.


  • Named by Worth Magazine as among the top "100 people who have influenced the way Americans think about money." ~ 2001
  • Named to Treasury and Risk Management’s list of "100 Most Influential People in Finance" ~ 2004
  • Public Service Award, Towson Business Association ~ 2004
  • Public Sector Distinguished Award, Tax Foundation ~ 2003
  • Congressional Service Award, American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy ~ 2003
  • Outstanding Leadership Award, American Occupational Therapy Assn. ~ 2003
  • Congressional Champion Award, The National Coalition for Cancer Research ~ 2002
  • Congressional Leadership Award, The American College of Emergency Physicians ~ 2001
  • National Leadership Award for Service to Children and Families, Casey Family Services ~ 2000
  • Congressional Advocate of the Year Award, Child Welfare League of America ~ 2000
  • The American Medical Association’s Dr. Nathan Davis Award for Public Service ~ 1999
  • The Small Business Council of America’s Congressional Award ~ 1999 & 1993
  • Concord Coalition's "Deficit Hawk" Honor Roll ~ 1999 & 1998


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Washington, DC 20515
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Baltimore, MD 21210
Phone: (410) 433-8886
Fax: (410) 433-2110

Annapolis Office
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Annapolis, MD
Phone: (410) 974-9703


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