Senator Ben Cardin has been called a "legislator's legislator" by the Washington Post. In more than 20 years in the Congress, Ben Cardin has become a national leader on health care, retirement security, the environment, homeland security and fiscal issues.
First elected to the U.S. Senate in 2006, he currently serves on the Foreign Relations, Finance, Environment and Public Works, Budget and Small Business Committees. He also serves as Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe.
During the 111th Congress, Senator Cardin supported the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and was successful in getting a guaranteed dental benefit included in the reauthorization of the Children's Health Insurance Program. The America Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) included his amendments to provide first-time homebuyers with an $8,000 tax credit, and to raise the cap on surety bonds for small businesses from $2 million to $5 million. As a committed environmentalist, he also has introduced the Chesapeake Clean Water and Ecosystem Restoration Act to give states and local governments strong, new enforcement tools to restore the Bay.
From 1987-2006, he represented Maryland's 3rd Congressional District in the House of Representatives. While in the House, his legislation to increase the amount Americans can save for retirement, improve the foster care system, and include preventive benefits in the Medicare program were all enacted into law.
From 1967-1986, Senator Cardin was a member of the Maryland House of Delegates, serving as Speaker from 1979-1986.
Senator Cardin is married to Myrna Edelman Cardin and his daughter Deborah and son-in-law Jonathan Willis have two daughters, Madeline and Julia.
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