John Sarbanes

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John Sarbanes
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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
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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 is running 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]


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.[3]


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

Committee assignments

U.S. House of Representatives


Sarbanes serves on the following committees:[4]



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

Sarbanes is running 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. [5]

Sarbanes is seeking 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 faces 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.[6][7][8]

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


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.[9]

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


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.[10]


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.[11]

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, 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.[12]

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.[13]

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Sarbanes lives in Towson, Maryland, with his wife and children.[14]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Ben Cardin
U.S. House of Representatives - Maryland, District 3
Succeeded by