Sen. Benjamin Cardin

Senator from Maryland, Democrat

Cardin, a Democrat, has been a senator from Maryland since Jan 4, 2007 (next election in 2018).

He was previously the representative for Maryland's 3rd congressional district (1987-2006).

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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)

2015 Statistics

Read our 2015 Report Card for Cardin for more statistics.

Committee Membership

Benjamin Cardin sits on the following committees:

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Cardin sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

International Affairs (29%) Health (19%) Taxation (15%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (11%) Crime and Law Enforcement (8%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (7%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (7%) Environmental Protection (6%)

Recent Bills

Some of Cardin’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Cardin’s Vote Vote Description
Yea H.R. 5325: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017
Sep 28, 2016. Bill Passed.
Yea S. 2943: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017
Jun 14, 2016. Bill Passed.
Yea H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act
Dec 3, 2015. Conference Report Agreed to.
Yea H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act
Jul 30, 2015. Bill Passed.
Yea H.R. 1314: Trade Act of 2015
May 22, 2015. Bill Passed.

Missed Votes

From Jan 2007 to Sep 2016, Cardin missed 9 of 2,986 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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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: