Chris Van Hollen

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Chris Van Hollen
Chris van Hollen.jpg
U.S. House, Maryland, District 8
In office
January 3, 2003-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 12
Base salary$174,000
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 5, 2002
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Maryland State Senate
Maryland House of Representatives
Bachelor'sSwarthmore College
Master'sHarvard University
J.D.Georgetown University Law School
Date of birthJanuary 10, 1959
Place of birthKarachi, Pakistan
Office website
Campaign website
Chris Van Hollen campaign logo
Christopher "Chris" Van Hollen, Jr. (b. January 10, 1959) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Maryland's 8th congressional district. Van Hollen was first elected to the House in 2002. Van Hollen won re-election in 2012 and he defeated challenger George English in the Democratic primary on April 3, 2012.[1]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Van Hollen is a "far-left Democratic leader".[2]

Van Hollen won re-election November 6, 2012.[3]


Van Hollen was born in 1959 in Karachi, Pakistan, where his father worked as a foreign service officer. He earned his B.A. from Swarthmore College, his M.P.P. from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and his J.D. from Georgetown Law School in 1982, 1985, and 1990, respectively. Prior to his political career, Van Hollen worked as an attorney.[4]


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

Committee assignments

U.S. House of Representatives


Van Hollen serves on the following House committees[5]:



See also: Maryland's 8th congressional district elections, 2012

Van Hollen ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Maryland's 8th District. Van Hollen defeated challenger George English in the Democratic primary on April 3, 2012.[1] He defeated Republican challenger Ken Timmerman in the November general election.

The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run was January 11, 2012.[6]

General Election

U.S. House, Maryland District 8 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngChris Van Hollen Incumbent 63.4% 217,531
     Republican Ken Timmerman 32.9% 113,033
     Libertarian Mark Grannis 2.1% 7,235
     Green George Gluck 1.5% 5,064
     N/A Other Write-ins 0.1% 393
Total Votes 343,256
Source: Maryland State Board of Elections "Representative in Congress"

Democratic Primary

U.S. House of Representatives-Maryland, District 8 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngChris Van Hollen Incumbent 92.2% 35,989
George English 7.8% 3,041
Total Votes 39,030


The following is Van Hollen's speech from the 2012 National Democratic Convention.[7]

Chris Van Hollen, "Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen's DNC speech"[8]


Van Hollen was endorsed by the organizations below.[9]

  • Clean Water Action
  • National Association of Social Workers
  • National Education Association Fund
  • Ocean Champions (formerly Congressional Chesapeake Bay Watershed Caucus)
  • Planned Parenthood Action Fund
  • Sierra Club


On November 2, 2010, Van Hollen won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Michael Lee Philips (R), Mark Grannis (L), and Fred Nordhorn (C) in the general election.[10]

U.S. House of Representatives, Maryland's 8th Congressional District, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngChris Van Hollen Incumbent 73.3% 153,613
     Republican Michael Lee Philips 25% 52,421
     Libertarian Mark Grannis 1.3% 2,713
     Constitution Fred Nordhorn 0.3% 696
     Independent Write-In 0.1% 224
Total Votes 209,667

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Hollen's reports.

Chris Van Hollen (2012)[11] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[12]June 16, 2012$1,899,481.46$228,202.42$(63,882.58)$2,063,801.30
July Quarterly[13]July 15, 2012$2,063,801.30$350,661.97$(171,101.24)$2,243,362.03
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of Van Hollen's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Van Hollen won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Van Hollen's campaign committee raised a total of $1,901,713 and spent $2,570,775.[14]


Congressional Staff Salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Van Hollen paid his congressional staff a total of $1,102,671 in 2011. He ranks 51st on the list of the highest paid Democratic Representative Staff Salaries and he ranks 64th overall of the highest paid Representative Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Maryland ranks 11th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[15]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, Van Hollen's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $148,007 and $445,000. That averages to $296,503.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[16]

Political Positions

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

Chris Van Hollen voted with the Democratic Party 95.5% of the time, which ranked 5 among the 192 House Democratic members as of November 2011.[17]

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Van Hollen lives in Kensington, Maryland with his wife, Katherine, and their three children.[18]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Connie Morella
U.S. House of Representatives - Maryland District 8
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Maryland State Senate
Succeeded by
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Maryland House of Representatives
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