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John Sarbanes
John Sarbanes.jpg
U.S. House, Maryland, District 3
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 2, 2010
First electedNovember 7, 2006
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
High schoolGilman School
Bachelor'sPrinceton University
J.D.Harvard Law School
Date of birthMay 22, 1962
Place of birthBaltimore, Maryland
ReligionGreek Orthodox
Office website
Campaign website
John Sarbanes campaign logo
John Peter Spyros Sarbanes (b. May 22, 1962) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Maryland's 3rd congressional district. Sarbanes was first elected to the House in 2006. Sarbanes ran for re-election in 2012 and he defeated challenger David Lockwood in the Democratic primary on April 3, 2012.[1]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Sarbanes is a "rank-and-file Democrat".[2]

Sarbanes won re-election on November 6, 2012.[3]


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.[4]


Prior to his political career, Sarbanes worked as an attorney.

Committee assignments

U.S. House of Representatives


Sarbanes serves on the following committees:[5]



See also: Maryland's 3rd congressional district elections, 2012

Sarbanes ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Maryland's 3rd District.

On March 30, 2012 the 3rd district was included in a list released by the National Journal of the top ten most contorted congressional districts, as a result of redistricting. [6]

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.

The organization Progressive Maryland endorsed Sarbanes in the his run for re-election in Maryland's 3rd district.[7][8][9]

General Election

U.S. House, Maryland District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Sarbanes Incumbent 66.8% 213,747
     Republican Eric Delano Knowles 29.6% 94,549
     Libertarian Paul Drgos, Jr. 3.4% 11,028
     N/A Other Write-ins 0.2% 535
Total Votes 319,859
Source: Maryland State Board of Elections "Representative in Congress"

Democratic Primary

U.S. House of Representatives-Maryland District 3 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Sarbanes Incumbent 86.4% 32,527
David Lockwood 13.6% 5,111
Total Votes 37,638


The following video is featured on John Sarbanes' campaign website. It is the first of a two part report at the Democratic National Convention in September, 2012.[10]

John Sarbanes, "Congressman John Sarbanes' report on the first day of the DNC 2012"[11]

Campaign Issues

The following are issues highlighted on Sarbanes' campaign website.[12]

  • 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."[13]

  • Healthcare

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."[14]

  • 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."[15]

  • Education

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."[16]

  • Environment

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."[17]


On November 2, 2010, Sarbanes won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Jim Wilhelm (R), Jerry McKinley (Libertarian), Alain Lareau (Constitution), and the write-in candidates in the general election.[18]

U.S. House of Representatives, Maryland's 3rd Congressional District, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Sarbanes Incumbent 61.1% 147,448
     Republican Jim Wilhelm 36% 86,947
     Libertarian Jerry McKinley 2.2% 5,212
     Constitution Alain Lareau 0.7% 1,634
Total Votes 241,429

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 John Sarbanes' reports.

John Sarbanes (2012)[19] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[20]April 7, 2012$980,391.86$17,800.00$(33,599.25)$964,592.61
July Quarterly[21]July 12, 2012$964,592.61$35,954.42$(98,258.69)$902,288.34
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of Sarbanes' campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Sarbanes won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Sarbanes' campaign committee raised a total of $908,856 and spent $829,909.[22]


Congressional Staff Salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Sarbanes paid his congressional staff a total of $994,951 in 2011. He ranks 73rd on the list of the lowest paid Democratic Representative Staff Salaries and he ranks 171st overall of the lowest 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.[23]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, 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.[24]

Political Positions

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

John Sarbanes voted with the Democratic Party 95.0% of the time, which ranked 13 among the 192 House Democratic members as of November 2011.[25]

Recent news

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Sarbanes lives in Towson, Maryland, with his wife and children.[26]

External links


  1. Maryland State Board of Elections "Primary Election Results 2012" Accessed April 3, 2012
  2. Gov Track "Sarbanes" Accessed May 22, 2012
  3. Politico "2012 Election Map, Maryland"
  4. Biographical Guide to Members of Congress "John Sarbanes" Accessed November 30, 2011
  5. U.S. Congress House Clerk "House of Representatives Committee Assignments" Accessed November 30, 2011
  6. National Journal "Modern Gerrymanders: 10 Most Contorted Congressional Districts—MAPS" Accessed March 31, 2012
  7. Hometown Annapolis "Maryland gets C on Transparency" Accessed March 26, 2012
  8. Progressive Maryland "2012 Candidates" Accessed March 26, 2012
  9. Maryland State Board of Elections "2012 Primary Elections"
  10. John Sarbanes' Official Campaign Website
  11. YouTube channel
  12. John Sarbanes' Official Campaign Website
  13. John Sarbanes' Official Campaign Website
  14. John Sarbanes' Official Campaign Website
  15. John Sarbanes' Official Campaign Website
  16. John Sarbanes' Official Campaign Website
  17. John Sarbanes' Official Campaign Website
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010" Accessed November 30, 2011
  19. Federal Election Commission "John Sarbanes Summary Report," Accessed September 28, 2012
  20. Federal Election Commission "April Quarterly" Accessed September 28, 2012
  21. Federal Election Commission "July Quarterly" Accessed September 28, 2012
  22. Open Secrets "John Sarbanes 2010 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed November 30, 2011
  23. LegiStorm "Sarbanes"
  24. OpenSecrets.org, "Sarbanes, (D-Maryland), 2010"
  25. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  26. Official House Site "Biography," Accessed November 30, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Ben Cardin
U.S. House of Representatives - Maryland, District 3
Succeeded by