Ben (Ben) Cardin (D)

US Senator Ben Cardin

Ben (Ben) Cardin (D)
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Capitol: 202.224.4524
FAX: 202.224.1651
District: 301.777.2957
Room 509 HSOB- Hart Senate Office Building 120 Constitution Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20510-2004
451 Hungerford Drive
Rockville, MD 20850
Residence:Baltimore, MD

Committee Assignments

ChairmanSenate Committee on Foreign Relations
ChairmanSenate Subcommittee on Health Care
Co-ChairBicameral Task Force on Climate Change
FC MemberHonoring, Embracing, and Recognizing Our Exceptional Service Members (HEROES) Caucus
ChairmanSenate Subcommittee on State Department and USAID Management, International Operations, and Bilateral International Development
Co-ChairSenate Retirement Security Caucus
Co-ChairSenate Community Health Center Caucus
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water, and Wildlife
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Near East, South Asia, Central Asia, and Counterterrorism
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Clean Air, Climate, and Nuclear Safety
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure
MemberSenate Committee on Environment and Public Works
FC MemberSenate Community College Caucus
FC MemberStrengthening the Mid-Atlantic Region for Tomorrow Congressional Caucus [SMART Caucus]
FC MemberSenate Democratic Hispanic Task Force (HTF)
MemberSenate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women's Issues
FC MemberSenate National Security Working Group
FC MemberSenate NIH Caucus
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Taxation and IRS Oversight
FC MemberSenate National Guard Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Coalition on Adoption
FC MemberSenate Bike Caucus
MemberSenate Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs, and Global Competitiveness
FC MemberSenate Small Brewers Caucus
FC MemberSenate Bipartisan Task for Combating Anti-Semitism
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation
FC MemberSenate Ukraine Caucus
Co-ChairJoint Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
MemberSenate Committee on Finance
FC MemberSenate Oceans Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Community Health Center Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Real Estate Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Italian American Caucus
FC MemberCoalition for Autism Research and Education (CARE)
FC MemberCongressional Fire Services Caucus


A third-generation Marylander, Ben Cardin has been a national leader on health care, retirement security, the environment and fiscal issues while representing the people of Maryland in the U.S. Senate, and before that in the House of Representatives. He has worked across party lines to further U.S. national security and to ensure that good governance, transparency and respect for human rights are integrated into American foreign policy efforts. "He is a man of substance and integrity who understands complicated issues and the art of compromise."- The Baltimore Sun First elected to the Senate in 2006, Senator Cardin currently serves as Chair of the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee, which is on the forefront of rebuilding our economy. He is a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations, Finance, and Environment & Public Works committees. Senator Cardin is a leading advocate for the Chesapeake Bay, which is the economic, historical and cultural heart of Maryland. Nationally, he is a champion of protecting our clean air and clean water. He has introduced legislation to restore the health of America's great water bodies and is the leading proponent of investing in improvements to America's aging water infrastructure system while preparing it for the impacts of climate change. His commitment to reduce pollution and protect our environment fuels his work to broaden investments in safe public transit, as well as walking and bike trails. A member of the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee since arriving in the Senate, Senator Cardin helped write the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) that has helped small businesses in Maryland and nationwide weather the economic repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic and he created the EIDL Advance Grant program to quickly get cash to small businesses in need. Senator Cardin was responsible for the extension of increased guarantees and reduced fees in the Small Business Administration's two largest loan programs. He has made it a priority to find better ways to provide access to credit for qualified small businesses and entrepreneurs, particularly minority-owned, women-owned and veteran-owned businesses. He consistently is urging federal agencies to take all steps possible to meet or exceed their modest small business contracting goals. He also has been a strong defender of the federal workforce. Senator Cardin believes access to quality, affordable health care should be a right and not a privilege, especially during a public health crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic. He continues to be a strong supporter of the Affordable Care Act and has advocated for the addition of a public option for coverage. He led the fight for the Patients' Bill of Rights and, because of his efforts, the law ensures that individuals in private health insurance plans have the right to choose their primary care provider, women have direct access to an ob/gyn, and patients with medical emergencies are guaranteed coverage for necessary ER visits. He was responsible for the elevation of the National Institute for Minority Health Disparities at the National Institutes of Health and has been a strong supporter of increases in funding for federally qualified health care centers and health information technology. Senator Cardin continues to be a leading champion for increased medical research funding for Maryland's world-class universities, NIH, and our State's cutting edge biotech industry. One of Senator Cardin's proudest accomplishments was leading the fight to guarantee access to dental care for children in the Children's Health Insurance Program, following the tragic loss of a 12-year-old Prince George's County boy who died after complications that followed an untreated tooth infection. He continues to fight for dental coverage for adults and older Americans. Serving as a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee during his first four years in the Senate, Senator Cardin also has developed a reputation for defending civil rights at home and has sought to find a balance between protection of civil liberties and national security. He is the lead sponsors of legislation to prohibit racial and religious profiling by all levels of law enforcement, restore voting rights for former felons, and remove the deadline for ratification of the Equal Right Amendment. He has been a proud cosponsor of the Respect for Marriage Act and the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. From 1987-2006, Ben Cardin represented Maryland's Third Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives and served for 17 years on the Ways & Means Committee. He was a member of the Maryland House of Delegates from 1967-1986. During his time as Speaker from 1979-1986, he reformed Maryland's property tax system, the school financing formula and the ethical standards for elected officials. 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 is a member of the U.S. Naval Academy Board of Visitors, the Johns Hopkins University Institute for Policy Studies' National Advisory Board and the St. Mary's College Advisory Board, Center for Study of Democracy. Senator Cardin is married to Myrna Edelman Cardin and his daughter Deborah and son-in-law Jonathan Willis have two daughters, Madeline and Julia.

Election / Personal Info

First Elected: 2006    Next Election: 2024
Spouse: Myrna Edelman   DOB: 10/5/1943