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|U.S. House, Maryland, District 3|
|January 3, 2007-Present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||7|
|Predecessor||Ben Cardin (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Cost per vote||$3.00 in 2012|
|First elected||November 7, 2006|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|High school||Gilman School|
|J.D.||Harvard Law School|
|Birthday||May 22, 1962|
|Place of birth||Baltimore, Maryland|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Issues
- 4.1 Legislative actions
- 4.1.1 113th Congress
- 4.1.2 National security
- 4.1.3 Economy
- 4.1.4 Immigration
- 4.1.5 Healthcare
- 4.1.6 Social issues
- 4.1.7 Previous congressional sessions
- 4.2 Endorsements
- 4.3 Campaign themes
- 4.1 Legislative actions
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Analysis
- 8 Recent news
- 9 Personal
- 10 External links
- 11 References
Sarbanes is set to run for re-election in Maryland's 3rd congressional district in the general election on November 4, 2014. Prior to his election in the House Sarbanes worked as an attorney and was chairman of the firm's health care practice. 
Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Sarbanes is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.
John Sarbanes, the son of former Maryland senator Paul Sarbanes, was born in 1962 in Baltimore, Maryland. He earned his A.B. from Princeton University and his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1984 and 1988, respectively.
Prior to his political career, Sarbanes worked as an attorney.
Sarbanes serves on the following committees:
- Committee on Energy and Commerce
- Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade
- Subcommittee on Health
Sarbanes served on the following committees:
- Committee on Natural Resources
- Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources
- Subcommittee on National Forests, Parks & Public Lands
- Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
- Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation
- Subcommittee on Subcommittee on Research and Science Education
The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session. For more information pertaining to Sarbanes's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.
American response in Syria
- See also: United States involvement in Syria
In a statement released on September 5, 2013, Sarbanes said the use of chemical weapons "demands a forceful and unequivocal response" and said he finds "persuasive the president's arguments that a strike is warranted in order to give teeth to the international ban on chemical weapons and in order to demonstrate American resolve in the Middle East."
However, he added that does not necessarily mean he'll support a resolution.
"I share the conviction of many of my colleagues that any strike be limited in time and scope and otherwise designed to minimize the risk of drawing the United States into a broader military engagement," he said. "Those are the standards I will use in determining my support for any resolution that members of the House of Representatives are asked to vote upon."
Department of Homeland Security Appropriations
Sarbanes voted in favor of HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.
Keystone Pipeline Amendment
Sarbanes did not vote on House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.
Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act
Sarbanes voted against HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.
National Defense Authorization Act
Sarbanes voted in support of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.
Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition
Sarbanes voted against House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.
Health Care Reform Rules
Sarbanes voted against House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.
Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act
Sarbanes voted against HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act of 2013. The bill passed through the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 232-185. The bill would prevent the IRS and Treasury Secretary from enforcing the powers provided to them in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote largely followed party lines.
Sarbanes voted in favor of House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013, by a vote of 205-217. The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act. Both parties were split on the vote.
Previous congressional sessions
Sarbanes voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was 1 of 172 Democrats that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.
“I have had the pleasure of working with Lieutenant Governor Brown on a variety of initiatives, including the effort to implement health care reform in our state and to ensure that the Baltimore region is maximizing the opportunities presented by BRAC,” Sarbanes said in a statement.
The following are issues which were highlighted on Sarbanes' campaign website.
- Grassroots Democracy Act
Sarbanes sponsored the Grassroots Democracy Act. This bill would "fundamentally change how Congressional campaigns are funded. It empowers grassroots supporters, includes a $50 tax credit for campaign contributions and a "People's Fund" to help candidates be heard when they are up against Super PACs."
Excerpt: "We must follow through on implementation of the new health reform law so that all Americans have the opportunity to see a doctor when they need one."
- Social Security
Excerpt: "We owe it to our seniors and future retirees to keep Social Security and Medicare strong. They are among the most successful government programs in history and have provided dignity in retirement for millions of Americans."
Excerpt: "We must rein in the skyrocketing costs of higher education and provide a career path for every aspiring young person. That’s why I worked to establish loan forgiveness programs that make student debt more manageable."
Excerpt: "I have authored several bills to protect the Chesapeake Bay, including the No Child Left Inside Act, which promotes outdoor learning and teaches our children to be environmental stewards and live healthy, balanced lives."
Sarbanes won re-election on the Democratic ticket. The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run was January 11, 2012. Sarbanes defeated David Lockwood in the April 3, 2012 Democratic primary. He defeated Eric Delano Knowles in the November general election.
John Sarbanes, "Congressman John Sarbanes' report on the first day of the DNC 2012"
|U.S. House, Maryland District 3 General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||John Sarbanes Incumbent||66.8%||213,747|
|Republican||Eric Delano Knowles||29.6%||94,549|
|Libertarian||Paul Drgos, Jr.||3.4%||11,028|
|Source: Maryland State Board of Elections "Representative in Congress"|
|U.S. House, Maryland, District 3 Democratic Primary, 2012|
|John Sarbanes Incumbent||86.4%||32,527|
Comprehensive donor information for Sarbanes is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Sarbanes raised a total of $4,395,733 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 16, 2013.
|John Sarbanes's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||U.S. House (Maryland, District 3)||$1,010,366|
|2010||U.S. House (Maryland, District 3)||$908,856|
|2008||U.S. House (Maryland, District 3)||$1,012,936|
|2006||U.S. House (Maryland, District 3)||$1,463,575|
|Grand Total Raised||$4,395,733|
|John Sarbanes (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 4, 2013||$728,898.11||$58,215.00||$(82,023.60)||$705,089.51|
|July Quarterly||July 9, 2013||$705,089.51||$139,928.00||$(98,391.97)||$746,625.54|
|October Quarterly||October 13, 2013||$746,625.54||$131,444.00||$(68,302.41)||$809,767.13|
Sarbanes won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Sarbanes' campaign committee raised a total of $1,010,367 and spent $640,836.
Cost per vote
Sarbanes spent $3.00 per vote received in 2012.
|U.S. House of Representatives, 2012 - John Sarbanes Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Runner-up||$31,004|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||$30,271|
|Top contributors to John Sarbanes's campaign committee|
|Johns Hopkins University||$27,500|
|Clement Pappas & Co||$17,500|
|Latham & Watkins||$12,500|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Securities & Investment||$66,500|
|U.S. House of Representatives, Maryland's 3rd Congressional District, 2010 - John Sarbanes Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$45,015|
|Total Spent by General Election Opponent||$41,109|
|Top contributors to John Sarbanes's campaign committee|
|Johns Hopkins U||$14,600|
|Clement, Pappas & Co||$10,400|
|Operating Engineers Union||$10,000|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Securities & Investment||$40,450|
Ideology and leadership
The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.
Sarbanes most often votes with:
Sarbanes least often votes with:
Lifetime voting record
According to the website GovTrack, Sarbanes missed 55 of 5,226 roll call votes from Jan 2007 to Mar 2013, which is 1.1% of votes during that period. This is better than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving.
Congressional staff salaries
The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Sarbanes paid his congressional staff a total of $994,951 in 2011. He ranked 73rd on the list of the lowest paid Democratic representative staff salaries and ranked 171st overall of the lowest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Maryland ranked 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.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Sarbanes' net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $94,011 and $361,000. This averages to $227,505, which is a 56.04% decrease since 2010. This is lower than the $5,107,874 average net worth for Democratic representatives in 2011.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Sarbanes' net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $260,014 and $775,000. That averages to $517,507, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.
National Journal vote ratings
- See also: National Journal vote ratings
Each year, National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted, as compared to other members, in the previous year. More information about the analysis process can be found on the vote ratings page.
According to the data released in 2013, Sarbanes was ranked the 55th most liberal representative during 2012.
According to the data released in 2012, John Sarbanes was ranked the 65th most liberal representative during 2011.
Voting with party
John Sarbanes voted with the Democratic Party 94.6% of the time, which ranked 33 among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.
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- All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.
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- Media appearances:
- Politico, "2012 Election Map, Maryland"
- Biographical Guide to Members of Congress, "John Sarbanes," Accessed November 30, 2011
- CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "House of Representatives Committee Assignments," Accessed November 30, 2011
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
- Baltimore Sun, "Mikulski convinced by evidence but undecided on strikes," accessed September 5, 2013
- Project Votesmart, "John Sarbanes Key Votes," accessed October 14, 2013
- The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
- U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," Accessed January 4, 2013.
- Washington Post, "John Sarbanes adds his name to those backing Brown’s bid for Md. governor," accessed September 25, 2013
- John Sarbanes' Official Campaign Website
- National Journal, "Modern Gerrymanders: 10 Most Contorted Congressional Districts—MAPS," Accessed March 31, 2012
- Hometown Annapolis, "Maryland gets C on Transparency," Accessed March 26, 2012
- Progressive Maryland, "2012 Candidates," Accessed March 26, 2012
- Maryland State Board of Elections, "2012 Primary Elections"
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
- Open Secrets, "John Sarbanes," Accessed May 16, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "John Sarbanes 2014 Summary reports," Accessed October 28, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "John Sarbanes April Quarterly," Accessed July 25, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "John Sarbanes July Quarterly," Accessed July 25, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
- Open Secrets, "2012 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed February 16, 2013
- Open Secrets, "John Sarbanes 2010 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed November 30, 2011
- GovTrack, "Sarbanes," Accessed June 21, 2013
- OpenCongress, "John Sarbanes," Accessed August 5, 2013
- GovTrack, "John Sarbanes," Accessed April 2013
- LegiStorm, "Sarbanes"
- OpenSecrets.org, "Sarbanes, (D-Maryland), 2011"
- OpenSecrets.org, "Sarbanes, (D-Maryland), 2010"
- National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," Accessed February 26, 2013
- National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
- Official House Site, "Biography," Accessed November 30, 2011
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