Our unique analysis of the bills Cardin has sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the Senate.
Each dot in the chart below is a member of the Senate. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Cardin is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)
Read our 2015 Report Card for Cardin for more statistics.
Benjamin Cardin sits on the following committees:
Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
- Ranking Member, Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy
- Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation
- Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Multilateral International Development, Multilateral Institutions, and International Economic, Energy, and Environmental Policy
- Ex Officio, Subcommittee on State Department and USAID Management, International Operations, and Bilateral International Development
- Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women's Issues
- Member, Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy
- Member, Subcommittee on Near East, South Asia, Central Asia, and Counterterrorism
- Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
- Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works
- Senate Committee on Finance
- Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship
Cardin sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
International Affairs (29%) Health (20%) Taxation (16%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (11%) Crime and Law Enforcement (7%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (7%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (6%) Environmental Protection (6%)
Some of Cardin’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S.Res. 564: A resolution condemning North Korea’s fifth nuclear test on September 9, 2016.
- S.Res. 559: A resolution designating the week of September 12, 2016, as “National Direct Support ...
- S. 3313: Burma Strategy Act of 2016
- S. 3210: A bill to identify and combat corruption in countries, to establish a tiered ...
- S.Res. 537: A resolution expressing profound concern about the ongoing political, economic, social and humanitarian ...
- S.Res. 515: A resolution welcoming Prime Minister Lee Hsien-Loong to the United States and reaffirming ...
- S.Res. 503: A resolution recognizing June 20, 2016, as “World Refugee Day”.
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From Jan 2007 to Sep 2016, Cardin missed 9 of 2,980 roll call votes, which is 0.3%. This is better than the median of 1.7% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- Congressional Biographical Directory for elected positions
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- GPO Member Guide for the photo
- GPO.gov/FDSys, for sponsored bills