Chris (Chris) Van Hollen, Jr. (D)
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Capitol: 202.224.4654
FAX: 202.228.0629
District: 301.545.1500
Room 730 HSOB- Hart Senate Office Building 120 Constitution Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20510-2005

Residence: Kensington, MD
Elected: 2016    Next Election: 2028
Spouse: Katherine A. Wilkens   DOB: 1/10/1959
Committee Assignments
ChairmanSenate Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government
ChairmanSenate Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy
Co-ChairSenate Foreign Service Caucus
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Legislative Branch
MemberSenate Subcommittee on National Security and International Trade and Finance
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Economic Policy
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
FC MemberCongressional Spina Bifida Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Youth Sports
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy
FC MemberCongressional Social Work Caucus
FC MemberSenate Nursing Caucus
MemberSenate Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
MemberSenate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
MemberSenate Committee on Budget
FC MemberCommunity Development Finance Caucus
MemberSenate Committee on Foreign Relations
FC MemberNextGen 9-1-1 Caucus
Co-Vice ChairRenewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus
MemberSenate Committee on Appropriations
FC MemberBicameral Congressional Caucus on Parkinson's Disease
FC MemberEnvironmental Justice Caucus
FC MemberSenate ALS Caucus
FC MemberVision Caucus
FC MemberSenate Taiwan Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Coalition on Adoption
FC MemberExpand Social Security Caucus (Senate)
FC MemberCongressional Internet Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Italian American Caucus
FC MemberSenate Oceans Caucus
FC MemberSenate National Service Caucus
FC MemberSenate Bipartisan Task for Combating Anti-Semitism
FC MemberCongressional French Caucus
FC MemberArthritis Caucus
FC MemberSenate Cultural Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Caucus
FC MemberFriends of Australia Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer's Disease
FC MemberCoalition for Autism Research and Education (CARE)
FC MemberUSO Caucus
FC MemberInternational Conservation Caucus (ICC)
FC MemberCongressional Rare Disease Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Fire Services Caucus


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.