Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland:
Cardin is a respected bipartisan legislator who voted against the Iraq War in 2002. He opposes Social Security privatization, and supports embryonic stem cell research. He's widely respected for his ethical leadership.
Sen. Ben Cardin on the Issues:
Cardin considers universal health care a top national priority, and believes that women, "not judges and politicians," should make the decisions about their reproductive health.
Senate Committees in 112th Congress, 2011-2012:
- Foreign Relations Committee
- Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs
- Foreign Relations Subcommittee on European Affairs
- Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near East, South & Central Asian Affairs
- Environment & Public Works Committee
- Environment Subcommittee on Superfund, Environmental Health
- Environment Subcommittee on Transportation, Infrastructure
- Budget Committee
- Finance Committee
- Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee
- Commission on Security & Cooperation in Europe
Ben Cardin in the House of Representatives:
He's a senior member of the powerful House Ways & Means Committee. Cardin has sponsored a plethora of successful, bipartisan-based bills, and is widely regarded as an ethical leader and able legislator.
He's the ranking House Democrat on the Helsinki Commission, which oversees military, human rights and other US-European matters.
Ben Cardin before Congress:
During his early years in the Maryland legislature, Cardin also worked as a family and commerical attorney.
- Birth - October 5, 1943 in Baltimore to a close-knit Jewish family prominent in state politics
- Education - B.A., Economics, 1964, University of Pittsburgh. J.D., 1967, University of Maryland.
- Family - Married in 1964 to Myrna. Daughter Deborah, and husband Jonathan. Two granddaughters. Son, Michael, died in 1998.
- Faith - Jewish
- Hobbies - Reading mysteries, playing poker
Wife, Myrna Cardin:
Myrna is on the Board of Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, the Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore and the University of Maryland Baltimore Foundation. She's earned numerous awards for her civic commitments and for her advocacy for special needs children.
Cardin Family Political Leadership:
The Ben Cardin Persona:
He was vice president of his high school senior class, and president of his undergraduate Jewish fraterity, Pi Lambda Phi.
Memorable Quotes by Rep. Ben Cardin:
On Working on a Bipartisan Basis
" I’m one of those Democrats who’s been able to work across party lines to get things done. I’ve been able to get major bills passed in a very partisan environment, because I know how to work with Republicans... I’ve done that in health care, I’ve done that in pension changes, I’ve done that in tax code. So I know how to get things done."
On Health Care for All
"Congress should pass a program that provides for universal health insurance coverage. It is not acceptable for us to have 45 to 47 million Americans without health insurance.
It's not fair for those who have health insurance to pay for those who do not have health insurance. That was the frustration in Maryland, where you had companies that were not only paying for their own employees but literally paying for their competitors' employees because of the extra cost for the uninsured.
So the Congress should pass legislation that guarantees that every person in this country has health insurance... "
"People on welfare need to have education and training. It should be our number one priority for all Americans. We shouldn't have a second standard for those that are on welfare."
On the Iraq War
"Iraq’s in the middle of a civil war. We need to combine withdrawing our troops with also a political and diplomatic solution. We need to engage the international community and recognize that there’s a civil war going on in Iraq. It’s not in our interests to continue the current policy...
On the first day that we start bringing our troops home, the international community will know that we’re no longer looking at Iraq as an occupational force... On the last day... we will have been successful in engaging the international community for a stable Iraq... "