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Last updated Sep. 08, 2014

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Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin (D-Md.)

Political Highlights: Md. House, 1967-87; U.S. House of Representatives, 1987-2007; U.S. Senate, 2007-present
Born: Oct. 5, 1943; Baltimore, Md.
Residence: Baltimore
Religion: Jewish
Family: Wife, Myrna Edelman Cardin; two children (one deceased)
Education: U. of Pittsburgh, B.A. 1964; U. of Maryland, Baltimore, LL.B. 1967
Military Service: None
Start of Service: Elected: 2006 (2nd term)
Committee Assignments: Environment & Public Works (Clean Air & Nuclear Safety; Fisheries, Wildlife & Water; Transportation & Infrastructure); Finance (Health Care; Taxation & IRS Oversight); Foreign Relations (Africa and Global Health Policy; East Asia - Ranking Member; Near East, South Asia, Central Asia, and Counterterrorism); Small Business & Entrepreneurship

Election History
2012generalBenjamin Cardin (D) 1,474,02856.0
Dan Bongino (R) 693,29126.3
S. Sobhani (UNA) 430,93416.4
Dean Ahmad (LIBERT) 32,2521.2
Lih Young (D) 1630.0
Brandy Baker (UNA) 1510.0
Ed Tinus (UNA) 480.0
Mary Podlesak (R) 210.0
2006generalBenjamin Cardin (D) 965,47754.2
Michael Steele (R) 787,18244.2
Kevin Zeese (GREEN) 27,5641.5
2004generalBenjamin Cardin (D) 182,06663.4
Robert Duckworth (R) 97,00833.8
Patsy Allen (GREEN) 7,8952.8
2002generalBenjamin Cardin (D) 145,58965.7
Scott Conwell (R) 75,72134.2
2000generalBenjamin Cardin (D) 169,34775.7
Colin Harby (R) 53,82724.1
Joe Pomykala () 2380.1
1998generalBenjamin Cardin (D) 137,50177.6
Colin Harby (R) 39,66722.4
1996generalBenjamin Cardin (D) 130,20467.3
Patrick McDonough (R) 63,22932.7
1994generalBenjamin Cardin (D) 117,26971.0
Robert Tousey (R) 47,96629.0
1992generalBenjamin Cardin (D) 163,35473.5
William Bricker (R) 58,86926.5
1990generalBenjamin Cardin (D) 82,54570.0
Harwood Nichols (R) 35,84130.0
1988generalBenjamin Cardin (D) 133,77973.0
Ross Pierpont (R) 49,73327.0
1986generalBenjamin Cardin (D) 100,16179.0
Ross Pierpont (R) 26,45221.0
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