Ben Cardin

Ben Cardin




RACE SUMMARY:  Cardin is a well-respected public servant from the state of Maryland and long-time friend of JAC.  In each of his races, he faced little opposition and won easily. His next race for reelection will be in 2024.

VOTING RECORD: Project Vote Smart, Govtrack US



PARTY: Democrat

BORN: 10/05/1943

EDUCATION: University of Pittsburgh (B.A.); University of Maryland (J.D.)


FAMILY: Married, 1 Child (1 Deceased)



  • Member of the Maryland House of Delegates
  • Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates
  • U.S. House of Representatives (1987 - 2007)
  • U.S. Senator (2008 - Present)


  • Committee on Finance
  • Committee on Environment and Public Works
  • Committee on Foreign Relations
  • Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
  • Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship - Chair

Elected: 1987, 2008



  • Co-sponsored U.S.-Israel Strategic Partnership Act, which states that Israel is a major strategic partner of the United States, and directs the U.S. to engage in cooperative activities with Israel in areas including water, energy, agriculture and homeland security
  • Supported U.S. funding for Israel’s Iron Dome defense program
  • Supported a resolution expressing vigorous support and unwavering commitment to the welfare, security, and survival of the State of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state with secure borders


  • Earned a 100 percent pro-choice rating from NARAL
  • Supports Roe v. Wade
  • Supports Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive insurance coverage policy
  • Voted against the Blunt Amendment, also known as the Birth Control Refusal Law, which would have allowed any employer to refuse to cover contraception or any health service required under the health reform law for virtually any reason
  • Supported increased funding for women's health services, which includes Title X family planning programs

In His Own Words

  • “The long-lasting and continued bonds between our two countries run deep. Israel is one of our closest partners in fighting extremism and terrorists in a very dangerous region of the world. I am proud that the United States continues to stand with the people of Israel and that we will do all that is possible to protect our shared values and joint national interests.” 1
  •  “The Constitution guarantees women the right to reproductive health freedom. This was the landmark Supreme Court decision 40 years ago today that positively redefined a fundamental right to privacy in this country. I have always been a strong supporter of Roe v. Wade."  2

SOURCES: (1), (2)


Interesting Facts

Cardin's family has been involved in Maryland politics since the 1930's, when his father served in the Maryland House of Delegates and then as a Baltimore City judge. Cardin's nephew has been a Maryland Delegate since 2002.