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Ben Cardin
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United States Senator
from Maryland
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
In office
January 3, 1987 – January 3, 2007
Preceded by Barbara Mikulski
Succeeded by John Sarbanes
Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates
In office
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
In office
January 6, 1967 – January 3, 1987
Preceded by Maurice Cardin
Succeeded by David Shapiro
Personal details
Born
Benjamin Louis Cardin

October 5, 1943 (1943-10-05) (age 77)
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Myrna Edelman
Children 2
Education University of Pittsburgh (BA)
University of Maryland, Baltimore (JD)

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.

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.


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