John (John) Sarbanes (D-03)

US Representative John Sarbanes

John (John) Sarbanes (D-03)
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Capitol: 202.225.4016
FAX: 202.225.9219
District: 410.295.1679
Room 2370 RHOB- Rayburn House Office Building 50 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20515-2003
44 Calvert Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
Residence:Towson, MD

Committee Assignments

ChairmanDemocracy Reform Task Force
FC MemberRevitalizing Older Cities Congressional Task Force
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Health
Co-ChairCongressional Chesapeake Bay Watershed Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Public Service Caucus
FC MemberStrengthening the Mid-Atlantic Region for Tomorrow Congressional Caucus [SMART Caucus]
Co-ChairTask Force on Strengthening Democracy
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Environment, Manufacturing, and Critical Materials
FC MemberCongressional Grid Innovation Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Buy American Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Pro-Sports Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Reformers Caucus
FC MemberDefense Communities Congressional Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Adult Literacy Caucus
FC MemberNortheast-Midwest Congressional Coalition (NEMW)
MemberHouse Committee on Energy and Commerce
FC MemberCongressional Pakistan Caucus
FC MemberNational Heritage Area Caucus
FC MemberHurricane Irene Coalition
FC MemberHouse Trade Working Group [HTWG]
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Energy, Climate, and Grid Security
FC MemberFood Allergy Research Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Hellenic-Israel Alliance Caucus
FC MemberGreen Schools Caucus
FC MemberHouse Impact Aid Coalition
FC MemberCongressional Glaucoma Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Bicameral High-Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Children's Health Care Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Manufactured Housing Caucus
FC MemberJob Corps Caucus
FC MemberNextGen 9-1-1 Caucus
FC MemberHouse Congressional Academic Medicine Caucus
FC MemberInternational Conservation Caucus (ICC)
FC MemberCommunity College Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Addiction and Mental Health Task Force
FC MemberCongressional HIV/AIDS Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Dyslexia Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Zoo and Aquarium Caucus
FC MemberHouse Manufacturing Caucus
FC MemberHouse National Service Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Ports Opportunity, Renewal, Trade, and Security [P.O.R.T.S.] Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues
FC MemberIndia Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Bike Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Historic Preservation Caucus
FC MemberExpand Social Security Caucus (House)
FC MemberCongressional TRIO Caucus
FC MemberHouse Small Brewers Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Fire Services Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Armenian Issues
FC MemberCongressional Arts Caucus
FC MemberSustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC)
FC MemberCongressional Animal Protection Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Gun Violence Prevention Task Force
FC MemberCongressional Diabetes Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBTQ+) Equality Caucus


Congressman John Sarbanes has represented Maryland's Third Congressional District in the U.S. Congress since 2007. Congressman Sarbanes has been appointed to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce where he serves on the House Subcommittee on Health; House Subcommittee on Energy, Climate and Grid Security; and the House Subcommittee on Environment, Manufacturing and Critical Minerals. Born and raised in Baltimore, Congressman Sarbanes has experience working in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. He and his family live in Maryland, giving him the opportunity to drive home every night and hear from the people he serves in Congress. Listening to their concerns allows him to better represent Maryland and has shaped his work in the House of Representatives. As chair of the Democracy Reform Task Force, Congressman Sarbanes works to fight back against special-interest policies in Congress while advancing positive reforms to improve accountability and transparency in government. To that end, Congressman Sarbanes assembled HR1, the For the People Act - a historic reform package to clean up the culture of corruption in Washington and return to government of, by and for the people. As a Marylander, Congressman Sarbanes shares his state's strong tradition of environmentalism that is rooted in a passion for the Chesapeake Bay. He has led efforts in Congress to clean up the Chesapeake Bay with a particular focus on empowering residents of the Bay watershed to become citizen stewards of the Bay and giving them an active role in restoring it. He has also worked to expand environmental education opportunities for children, authoring the No Child Left Inside Act to promote healthier children and communities. Congressman Sarbanes is a strong supporter of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) because he believes it has reduced the cost of health care, improved our nation's health care system and provided access for those who previously did not have insurance. He will continue to oppose any efforts to repeal the ACA unless a replacement is offered that maintains affordable coverage for the 20 million Americans who gained insurance under the law and that includes critical consumer protections - like the requirement that insurers cover those with pre-existing conditions and the ban on annual and lifetime coverage limits. While the ACA is not a perfect bill, it was a crucial step in the right direction - away from the influence of powerful special interests and toward commonsense solutions for American families. Additional health care priorities include a focus on prevention and primary care, ending racial disparities in health care and stemming the opioid epidemic. Congressman Sarbanes has fought to expand higher education opportunities through financial assistance programs like the Pell Grant and has authored laws to help students repay their college loans after they graduate. In this effort, Congressman Sarbanes wrote a law to create the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Option, which provides graduates with forgiveness of remaining student loan debt after 10 years of work in public service or the non-profit sector. This law helps teachers, nurses, first responders and other public servants pay for college. It allows more people to follow their dreams in careers that are important and rewarding, but not always particularly lucrative. Before coming to Congress, Congressman Sarbanes served for seven years with the Maryland State Department of Education, working to make critical improvements to Maryland's public school system. He practiced law for eighteen years, representing hospitals and senior living providers in their mission to deliver high-quality health care to the people of Maryland. Congressman Sarbanes also worked with public interest organizations in Maryland, like the Public Justice Center, where he championed efforts to protect consumers, provide decent public housing and ensure fair treatment in the workplace. Congressman Sarbanes graduated from the School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and studied law and politics in Greece on a Fulbright Scholarship. After graduating from Harvard Law School, he returned to Baltimore, where he clerked for the federal district court. Since childhood, Congressman Sarbanes has attended the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation in Baltimore and he has also been active with his wife and children in the Bolton Street Synagogue.

Election / Personal Info

First Elected: 2006    Next Election: 2024
Spouse: Dina   DOB: 5/22/1962
Counties Representing
Anne Arundel
Baltimore City