Benjamin Louis "Ben" Cardin (born October 5, 1943) is a Democratic member of the United States Senate representing the state of Maryland. On November 7, 2006, Cardin was elected to the United States Senate seat being vacated by Paul Sarbanes, having defeated Republican challenger Lt. Governor Michael S. Steele.
Cardin served in the Maryland House of Delegates from 1967 to 1986. He was chairman of the Ways & Means Committee from 1974 to 1979, and after that Speaker until he retired from that house. As Speaker, he was involved with reform efforts involving Maryland's property tax system, the school financing formula and the ethical standards for elected officials.
House of Representatives
As of May 2006, Cardin served on the following House committees:
Member of the Ways and Means Committee.
- Ranking member of the Trade Subcommittee.
Member of the Human Resources Subcommittee.
Ranking member of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. Committee assignments