John Sarbanes

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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, 2015
Years in position 7
PredecessorBen Cardin (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 7, 2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$4,395,733
Term limitsN/A
High schoolGilman School
Bachelor'sPrinceton University
J.D.Harvard Law School
BirthdayMay 22, 1962
Place of birthBaltimore, Maryland
Net worth$227,505
ReligionGreek Orthodox
Office website
Campaign website
John Sarbanes campaign logo
John Peter Spyros Sarbanes (b. May 22, 1962) is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives representing Maryland's 3rd congressional district. Sarbanes was first elected to the House in 2006 and is currently serving his fourth consecutive term, having won re-election on November 6, 2012. [1]

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. [2]

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.[3]


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

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Sarbanes serves on the following committees:[4]


Sarbanes served on the following committees:[5]


Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" 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 one 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.[6]

Campaign themes


The following are issues which were highlighted on Sarbanes' campaign website.[7]

  • 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."[7]

  • 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."[7]

  • 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."[7]

  • 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."[7]

  • 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."[7]



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. [8]

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.[9][10][11]

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
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, 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

Full history

Campaign donors

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.[15]

John Sarbanes's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Maryland, District 3) Won $1,010,366
2010 U.S. House (Maryland, District 3) Won $908,856
2008 U.S. House (Maryland, District 3) Won $1,012,936
2006 U.S. House (Maryland, District 3) Won $1,463,575
Grand Total Raised $4,395,733


Breakdown of the source of Sarbanes' campaign funds before the 2012 election.

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.[16]


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.[17]

U.S. House of Representatives, Maryland's 3rd Congressional District, 2010 - John Sarbanes Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $908,856
Total Spent $829,909
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $45,015
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $41,109
Top contributors to John Sarbanes's campaign committee
Venable LLP$32,400
Johns Hopkins U$14,600
Clement, Pappas & Co$10,400
Operating Engineers Union$10,000
Chartwell Hotels$9,600
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Lawyers/Law Firms$139,489
Real Estate$86,727
Securities & Investment$40,450


Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Sarbanes is a "rank-and-file Democrat" as of June 21, 2013.[18]

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

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.[19]

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 ranked 73rd on the list of the lowest paid Democratic Representative Staff Salaries and he 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.[20]

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 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.[21]


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.[22]

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.[23]


According to the data released in 2012, John Sarbanes was ranked the 65th most liberal representative during 2011.[24]

Percentage voting with party

June 2013

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.[25]

Recent news

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

External links


  1. Politico "2012 Election Map, Maryland"
  2. [1]
  3. Biographical Guide to Members of Congress "John Sarbanes" Accessed November 30, 2011
  4., "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  5. U.S. Congress House Clerk "House of Representatives Committee Assignments" Accessed November 30, 2011
  6. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 John Sarbanes' Official Campaign Website
  8. National Journal "Modern Gerrymanders: 10 Most Contorted Congressional Districts—MAPS" Accessed March 31, 2012
  9. Hometown Annapolis "Maryland gets C on Transparency" Accessed March 26, 2012
  10. Progressive Maryland "2012 Candidates" Accessed March 26, 2012
  11. Maryland State Board of Elections "2012 Primary Elections"
  12. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  13. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  15. Open Secrets "John Sarbanes" Accessed May 16, 2013
  16. Open Secrets "2012 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed February 16, 2013
  17. Open Secrets "John Sarbanes 2010 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed November 30, 2011
  18. Gov Track "Sarbanes" Accessed June 21, 2013
  19. GovTrack, "John Sarbanes," Accessed April 2013
  20. LegiStorm "Sarbanes"
  21., "Sarbanes, (D-Maryland), 2011"
  22., "Sarbanes, (D-Maryland), 2010"
  23. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
  24. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  25. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  26. Official House Site "Biography," Accessed November 30, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Ben Cardin (D)
U.S. House of Representatives - Maryland, District 3
Succeeded by