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Ben Cardin


Ben CardinA third-generation Marylander, Ben Cardin has been a national leader on health care, retirement security, the environment and fiscal issues while representing the people of Maryland, first in the U.S. House of Representatives and now the U.S. Senate.

First elected to the Senate in 2006, Cardin currently serves as chair of the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee, which is on the forefront of rebuilding the U.S. economy. He is a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations, Finance, and Environment & Public Works committees.

Cardin is a leading advocate for the Chesapeake Bay, which is the economic, historical and cultural heart of Maryland. Nationally, he is a champion of protect-ing our clean air and clean water, introducing legislation to restore the health of America’s great water bodies.

How have you found working with Republican colleagues during these turbulent times?

My message is that part of being a legislator is to figure out ways that you can reach people with different views, whether those views are based upon where you happen to live or your background or your party affiliation. We want to get things done for the benefit of people that we represent, the people of this nation.

Why are access to justice, funding legal representation for homeless veterans and many others so important to you?

It goes back to my law school days when it was instilled upon me that as a lawyer you really are charged with access to our legal system and the ability of our legal system to help all. That’s been a value that I’ve held strongly.

This profile is part of The Daily Record's Power 100 list for 2021. Information used in this profile was sourced from the honoree. See the full list at or in our digital edition.