|U.S. Senate, Maryland|
|January 3, 2007-Present|
|January 3, 2013|
|Years in position||8|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 7, 2006|
|First elected||November 7, 2006|
|Next general||November 6, 2012|
|U.S. House of Representatives|
|Associate's||Baltimore City College|
|Bachelor's||University of Pittsburgh|
|J.D.||University of Maryland, Baltimore|
|Date of birth||October 5, 1943|
|Place of birth||Baltimore, Maryland|
Cardin is running for re-election in 2012. Eighteen other candidates were running in the April 3, 2012 primary election. Cardin defeated Raymond Blagmon, C. Anthony Muse, J.P. Cusick, Christopher Garner, Ralph Jaffe, Blaine Taylor, Ed Tinus, Lih Young in the Democratic primary.
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.
Below is an abbreviated outline of Cardin's political career:
- Maryland State House of Delegates, 1966-1986
- U.S. House of Representatives, 1987-2007
- U.S. Senate, 2007-Present
Cardin serves on the following Senate committees:
- Budget Committee
- Environment and Public Works Committee
- Finance Committee
- Foreign Relations Committee
- Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship
Ben Cardin voted with the Democratic Party 96 of the time, which ranked 5 among the 51 Senate Democratic members as of March 2012.
Cardin has been endorsed by the organization Progressive Maryland in the race for U.S. Senate.  Cardin has also been endorsed by President Obama, County Executive Rushern Baker and Governor Martin O'Malley.
Cardin is running in the 2012 election for the U.S. Senate, representing Maryland. Cardin is seeking re-election on the Democratic ticket. 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 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.
|U.S. Senate, Maryland, 2006 - Ben Cardin Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$8,430,196|
|Total Spent by General Election Opponent||$8,217,260|
|Top contributors to Ben Cardin's campaign committee|
|Johns Hopkins University||$61,044|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
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Cardin has been married to his wife Myrna (nee Edelman) since 1964. They have a daughter and two grandchildren.
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- Gov Track "Ben Cardin," Accessed March 3, 2012
- City Biz List "Eighteen Challengers Vie for Cardin's Senate Seat," Accessed February 18, 2012
- Maryland State Board of Elections "Primary Election Results 2012" Accessed April 3, 2012
- Biographical Guide to Members of Congress "Benjamin Louis Cardin," Accessed October 29, 2011
- U.S. Senate Official Website "Committee Assignments," Accessed October 29, 2011
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
- Hometown Annapolis "Political Notes: Maryland gets C+ on transparency" Accessed March 26, 2012
- Washington Post "Muse faces uphill battle in primary against Cardin" Accessed March 29, 2012
- ABC 2 News "Senator Ben Cardin will announce his re-election campaign this weekend," Accessed January 5, 2012
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006" Accessed October 29, 2011
- Open Secrets "Ben Cardin 2006 Election Cycle," Accessed October 29 2011
- Official Site "About Ben," Accessed October 29 2011
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