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Ben Cardin
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U.S. Senate, Maryland
In office
January 3, 2007-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 8
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 7, 2006
First electedNovember 7, 2006
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
U.S. House of Representatives
Associate'sBaltimore City College
Bachelor'sUniversity of Pittsburgh
J.D.University of Maryland, Baltimore
Date of birthOctober 5, 1943
Place of birthBaltimore, Maryland
Office website
Campaign website
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Benjamin Louis "Ben" Cardin (b. December 11, 1943) is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from the state of Maryland. Cardin was first elected to the Senate in 2006.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Cardin is a "rank-and-file Democrat".[1]

Cardin is running for re-election in 2012. Eighteen other candidates were running in the April 3, 2012 primary election.[2] Cardin defeated Raymond Blagmon, C. Anthony Muse, J.P. Cusick, Christopher Garner, Ralph Jaffe, Blaine Taylor, Ed Tinus, Lih Young in the Democratic primary.[3]


Cardin was born in 1943 in Baltimore, Maryland, where he also attended high school. After graduating from Baltimore City College in 1961, he went on to earn his B.A. at the University of Pittsburgh in 1964 and his J.D. at the University of Maryland in 1967. Cardin has also worked as a lawyer.[4]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Cardin's political career[4]:

  • Maryland State House of Delegates, 1966-1986
  • U.S. House of Representatives, 1987-2007
  • U.S. Senate, 2007-Present

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate


Cardin serves on the following Senate committees[5]:


Political positions

Ben Cardin voted with the Democratic Party 96 of the time, which ranked 5 among the 51 Senate Democratic members as of March 2012.[6]



Cardin has been endorsed by the organization Progressive Maryland in the race for U.S. Senate. [7] Cardin has also been endorsed by President Obama, County Executive Rushern Baker and Governor Martin O'Malley.[8]



See also: United States Senate elections in Maryland, 2012

Cardin is running in the 2012 election for the U.S. Senate, representing Maryland. Cardin is seeking re-election on the Democratic ticket.[9] He faced Raymond Blagmon, C. Anthony Muse, J.P. Cusick, Christopher Garner, Ralph Jaffe, Blaine Taylor, Ed Tinus, and Lih Young in the April 3, 2012 Democratic primary. Dan Bongino, William Capps, Rick Hoover, Joseph Alexander, Robert Broadus, Richard Douglas, David Jones, John Kimble, Brian Vaeth, and Corrogan Vaughn are seeking the Republican nomination and will face one another in the April 3, 2012 primary. The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run was January 11, 2012.

Cardin defeated Raymond Blagmon, C. Anthony Muse, J.P. Cusick, Christopher Garner, Ralph Jaffe, Blaine Taylor, Ed Tinus, Lih Young in the Democratic primary.[3]


On November 7, 2006, Cardin won election to the United States Senate. He defeated Michael S. Steele (R), Kevin Zeese (G), and Lih Young (D, Write-In) in the general election.[10]

U.S. Senate General Election, Maryland, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBen Cardin 54.2% 965,477
     Republican Michael S. Steele 44.2% 787,182
     Green Kevin Zeese 1.5% 27,564
     Democratic, Write-In Lih Young 0% 120
     Independent Write-In 0% 796
Total Votes 1,781,139

Campaign donors


Breakdown of the source of Cardin's campaign funds before the 2006 election.

Cardin won election to the U.S. Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Cardin's campaign committee raised a total of $8,739,737 and spent $8,799,604.[11]

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Cardin has been married to his wife Myrna (nee Edelman) since 1964. They have a daughter and two grandchildren.[12]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Paul Sarbanes
U.S. Senate - Maryland
Succeeded by