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sarbanes-paulPaul Sarbanes

Retired U.S. Senator
U.S. Senate

Whether at the state or federal level, Paul Sarbanes has spent his life fighting for Marylanders.

Born in Salisbury, he graduated from Wicomico Senior High School. He would go on to earn several academic honors such as graduating magna cum laude from Princeton University, a Rhodes Scholar at Balliol College, Oxford University and a cum laude graduate of Harvard University School of Law.

Elected to the Maryland House of Delegates representing District 2 (Baltimore), the Democrat served for two terms before being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1971.

He represented the 4th District and later the 3rd District during his three terms in office.

In 1977, he was elected to the U.S. Senate, a seat he would hold for 30 years. He served on two committees for his entire tenure in office, the Foreign Relations Committee as well as the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee where he served as chair from 2001 to 2002 and ranking minority member from 2003 to 2007.

He additionally was a member of the Committee on the Budget and the Joint Economic Committee.

Throughout his years as a public servant, one of his priorities was the environment. He co-authored the public law financing Maryland’s Program Open Space while at the Maryland General Assembly. At the federal level, he helped enact national environmental legislation such as the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and Endangered Species Act.

But he also fought to get federal resources to his beloved Chesapeake Bay. Some of his legislative accomplishments include the Environmental Protection Agency’s Chesapeake Restoration Act, the federal native oyster restoration program and the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail.

Now retired, his son, John, holds the U.S. Representative District 3 seat he once occupied.

At the federal level, he helped enact national environmental legislation such as the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and Endangered Species Act.

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