Cardin, a Democrat, is a senator from Maryland and has served since Jan 4, 2007. Cardin is next up for reelection in 2018.
He was previously the representative for Maryland's 3rd congressional district (1987-2006).
Read our 2016 Report Card for Cardin.
Cardin is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the Senate positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Cardin has sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Benjamin Cardin sits on the following committees:
Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
- Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy
- Ex Officio, 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 Near East, South Asia, Central Asia, and Counterterrorism
- 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
- Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works
- Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
- Senate Committee on Finance
- Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship
Cardin was the primary sponsor of 18 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 1221: Countering Russian Influence in Europe and Eurasia Act of 2017
- S. 284 (114th): Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act
- S. 599 (114th): Improving Access to Emergency Psychiatric Care Act
- S. 2308 (114th): Church Plan Clarification Act of 2015
- S. 1349 (114th): NOTICE Act
- S. 665 (114th): Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu National Blue Alert Act of 2015
- S. 476 (113th): A bill to amend the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Development Act to extend to the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park Commission.
We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).
Cardin sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
International Affairs (36%) Health (17%) Taxation (13%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (9%) Crime and Law Enforcement (7%) Government Operations and Politics (6%) Environmental Protection (6%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (4%)
Some of Cardin’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S.Res. 300: A resolution recognizing the 150th anniversary of McDaniel College.
- S.Res. 293: A resolution commemorating the 150th anniversary of Morgan State University.
- S. 1891: Promoting Peace and Justice for the People of Afghanistan Act of 2017
- S. 1890: Chronic Kidney Disease Improvement in Research and Treatment Act of 2017
- S.Res. 258: A resolution designating the week beginning September 10, 2017, as “National Direct Support ...
- S. 1728: Private Prison Information Act of 2017
- S. 1646: President Street Station Study Act
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On the Nomination PN734: Randal Quarles, of Colorado, to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System for the unexpired term of fourteen ...
Oct 5, 2017. Nomination Confirmed 65/32.
S. 89: A bill to amend title 46, United States Code, to exempt old vessels that only operate within inland waterways from the fire-retardant materials requirement if the ...
Apr 3, 2017. Bill Passed 85/12.
H.R. 5325: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017
Sep 28, 2016. Bill Passed 72/26.
H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act
Dec 3, 2015. Conference Report Agreed to 83/16.
H.R 22, formerly the Hire More Heroes Act, has become the Senate’s vehicle for passage of the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act or DRIVE Act (S. 1647). The DRIVE Act is a major bipartisan transportation bill that would authorize funding ...
H.R. 1314: Trade Act of 2015
May 22, 2015. Bill Passed 62/37.
This vote turned what was a bill regarding administrative appeals of IRS determinations into the Trade Act of 2015, which included Trade Promotion Authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal as well as Trade Adjustment Assistance.
H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 18, 2014. Joint Resolution Passed 78/22.
On the Nomination PN1643: Cheryl A. LaFleur, of Massachusetts, to be a Member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for the term expiring June 30, 2019
Jul 15, 2014. Nomination Confirmed 90/7.
H.R. 3630 (112th): Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012
Feb 17, 2012. Conference Report Agreed to 60/36.
H.R. 1540 (112th): National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012
Dec 15, 2011. Conference Report Agreed to 86/13.
H.R. 4853 (111th): Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010
Dec 15, 2010. Motion Agreed to 81/19.
The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (Pub.L. 111–312, H.R. 4853, 124 Stat. 3296, enacted December 17, 2010), also known as the 2010 Tax Relief Act, was passed by the United States Congress on December 16, 2010, and signed into ...
From Jan 2007 to Nov 2017, Cardin missed 9 of 3,278 roll call votes, which is 0.3%. This is better than the median of 1.4% 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:
- @unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- 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