Support Senator Maria Cantwell

Ben Cardin




RACE SUMMARY:  Cantwell was first elected in 2000, narrowly defeating incumbent GOP Sen. Slade Gorton with 49%. The results were so close that her victory was not officially declared until the following month. She has won with increasing margins due to her strong record of accomplishments in the Senate. A strong supporter of women’s reproductive choices, she has always supported all pro-choice measures in the House and Senate. Cantwell was one of 34 Senators to vote against the Partial-Birth Abortion Plan Act of 2003, which was eventually passed and signed into law by President George W. Bush. She has stood by Israel unconditionally in it’s right to self-defense.  JAC can count on Cantwell to champion its issues in the Senate.

VOTING RECORD: Project Vote Smart, Govtrack US


Party:  Democrat
Born:  10/13/1958
Education: Miami University, BA - Public Policy
Occupation:  Software Executive
Religion: Roman Catholic
Political Career: 
  • Member of the Washington House of Representatives (1987-1993)
  • U.S. House of Representatives (1993-1995)
  • U.S. Senator (2001-present)


  • Committee on Finance
  • Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation - Chair
  • Committee on Energy and Natural Resources 
  • Committee on Indian Affairs
  • Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship 

Elected: 2000



  • Supports Israel’s right to self-defense to protect it’s citizens against acts of terrorism
  • Supports a two-state solution
  • Supports funding for Israel’s Iron Dome Defense System
  • Supports a strong U.S.-Israel partnership in regards to cooperation in the areas of energy, water, homeland security, agriculture, and alternative fuel technologies


  • 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
  • Co-sponsored Protect Women’s Health From Corporate Interference Act (Not My Bosses Business Act). This Act was aimed at countering the Supreme Court Hobby Lobby decision and would prohibit for-profit employers that maintain a group health plan for its employees from using religious beliefs to deny employees coverage of contraception or any other vital health service required by federal law. 

In Her Own Words

  • "Thirty years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court held that a woman has a constitutional right to privacy when making decisions concerning her personal reproductive choices. That decision, Roe v. Wade, was carefully crafted to be balanced and responsible while holding the rights of women in America paramount in reproductive decisions." 1


Interesting Facts

Cantwell is the first in her family to graduate from college.