Benjamin Louis "Ben" Cardin (born October 5, 1943) is an American politician and member of the Democratic Party. He serves as the senior United States Senator from Maryland, in office since 2007.
|United States Senator|
|Assumed office |
January 3, 2007
Serving with Chris Van Hollen
|Preceded by||Paul Sarbanes|
|Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee|
|Assumed office |
April 2, 2015
|Preceded by||Bob Menendez|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Maryland's 3rd district
January 3, 1987 – January 3, 2007
|Preceded by||Barbara Mikulski|
|Succeeded by||John Sarbanes|
|Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates|
January 6, 1979 – January 3, 1987
|Preceded by||John Hanson Briscoe|
|Succeeded by||Clayton Mitchell|
|Member of the Maryland House of Delegates|
from the 42nd district
January 6, 1967 – January 3, 1987
|Preceded by||Maurice Cardin|
|Succeeded by||David Shapiro|
Benjamin Louis Cardin
October 5, 1943
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
|Education||University of Pittsburgh (BA)|
University of Maryland, Baltimore (JD)
Before his election to the Senate, Cardin, who has never lost an election, was a member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Maryland's 3rd congressional district (1987-2007). He also served in the Maryland House of Delegates (1967–87), serving as Speaker (1979–87). He was the youngest Speaker in Maryland history.
Cardin was elected to succeed Paul Sarbanes in the 2006 U.S. Senate election, defeating Republican Michael Steele, the Lieutenant Governor of Maryland, by a margin of 54% to 44%. He was re-elected in 2012 with 55% of the vote.
He became the senior Senator on January 3, 2017 upon Barbara Mikulski's retirement.
Media related to Ben Cardin at Wikimedia Commons
- Senator Ben Cardin official U.S. Senate site
- Ben Cardin for Senate
- Ben Cardin at the Open Directory Project
- Cardin Appearances on C-SPAN