From OpenCongress Wiki
|Leadership:||No leadership position|
|Committees:||Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Senate Committee on the Budget, Senate Committee on the Judiciary|
|(subcommittees and past assignments)|
Candidates for the MD-Senate Class I Seat:
|Confirmed:||None so far|
|Considering:||None so far|
|Rumored:||None so far|
|Potential:||None so far|
|Dropped-out:||None so far|
|(more info and editing for the MD-Senate Class I Seat)|
Record and controversies
|Click through the score to see the records of other members of Congress and full descriptions of the individual votes.
Want to see someone else's scorecard added to the list? You can do it!
Cardin voted against the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.
For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal
In May 2007, Sen. Cardin voted AGAINST an amendment to the 2007 comprehensive immigration reform bill that would have stripped it of any paths to citizenship or permanent residency for undocumented immigrants, leaving it largely an immigration-enforcement bill. The amendment was defeated, 29-66. The amendment was opposed by the groups like the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the AFL-CIO and the Drum Major Institute for Public Policy.
- Main article: Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007
In October 2007, Sen. Cardin voted FOR the DREAM Act, which would have created a path to citizenship and permanent residency for young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children and are of "good moral character" and attend college or serve in the U.S. military for at least two years. The Senate was blocked from taking up the bill when supporters could only garner 52 of the 60 votes they needed. The bill was supported by groups like the Drum Major Institute, the U.S. Episcopal Conference and the National Parent-Teacher Association. It was opposed by groups like NumbersUSA and VDare.
- Main article: DREAM Act of 2007
|Bill or Amendment||Date||Vote||Description|
|S.AMDT.4231 to S.CON.RES.70||March 13, 2008||No||To increase spending on specific border security and immigration enforcement programs. See more here|
|S.AMDT.4259 to S.CON.RES.70||March 13, 2008||Yes||To establish a reserve fund for immigration refom and enforcement. See more here|
|S.AMDT.4309 to S.CON.RES.70||March 13, 2008||Yes||To create a reserve fund to ensure that Federal assistance does not go to sanctuary cities that ignore the immigration laws of the United States and create safe havens for illegal aliens and potential terrorists. See more here|
|DREAM Act of 2007 (S. 2205)||October 24, 2007||Yes||To allow the Department of Homeland Security to adjust the status of certain undocumented immigrants to permanent resident status. See more here|
|Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007 (S. 1348)||June 7, 2007||Yes||To give work authorization and legalization of undocumented aliens, to increase border security, and to declare English as the national language. See more here|
|Secure Fence Act of 2006 (H.R. 6061)||September 14, 2006||No||To authorize the construction of an additional 700 miles of double-layered fencing between the U.S and Mexico and to grant the Secretary of Homeland Security authority to take necessary measures to stop illegal entry of immigrants into the U.S. See more here|
|REAL ID Act of 2005 (H.R. 418)||February 10, 2005||No||To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act and to grant the Secretary of Homeland Security the power to set minimal security standards for state driver licenses and identification cards. See more here|
- See Project Vote Smart for more information on Cardin's immigration voting record.
Born October 1943, Cardin was raised in a political family, with his father and uncle active in Maryland politics.
In 1967 Cardin graduated first in his class from the University of Maryland School of Law, and he earned his B.A. degree cum laude in 1964 from University of Pittsburgh.
In 1966,a the age of 22, Cardin won the Baltimore District 5 Delegate seat formerly occupied by his uncle Maurice. Ben graduated from law school later that year. Cardin served in the Maryland House of Delegates from 1967-1986. He was Speaker from 1979-1986. As Speaker, he was credited with reforming Maryland's property tax system, the school financing formula and the ethical standards for elected officials.
In 1986 Cardin ran for U.S. Congress, winning the the general election with 79% of the vote against a perennial candidate, Republican Ross Z. Pierpont.
Cardin lists the Environment, Federal Employees, Fiscal Responsibility, Health Care, Human Rights, International Trade, Pension Reform, and Social Security as "key issues." 
According to his house biography, "In the House, Cardin has been a leader on fiscal issues, pension reform, and health care. His legislation to increase the amount Americans can put into their 401k plans and Individual Retirement Accounts was enacted into law in 2001. His proposal to expand Medicare to include preventive benefits such as colorectal, prostate, mammogram, and osteoporosis screening was also enacted into law. He also has authored legislation to provide a Medicare prescription drug benefit for chronic illnesses; fund graduate medical education; and guarantee coverage for emergency services. 
"As the leading Democrat on the Human Resources Subcommittee, Cardin has introduced legislation to improve welfare reform by helping those who leave public assistance get the skills they need so they can work their way out of poverty. His bill to increase education and support services for foster care children between ages 18 and 21 was signed into law in 1999. He has authored bills to expand child support, hold fathers more accountable, improve the welfare-to-work program and increase the child care tax credit."
Redistricting has caused Cardin received the lowest vote totals of any incumbent Maryland Congressman in the 2002 and 2004 elections. Redistricting in 2002 added significant portions of more conservative Anne Arundel County, including the state capitol of Annapolis, to his Baltimore city and county-based district.
On April 26, 2005, Cardin announced that he would seek the U.S. Senate seat of long-standing senator Paul Sarbanes (D-MD), following the announcement by Sarbanes that he will not be running for re-election in 2006.  Cardin defeated Republican Michael Steele 54%-44% in the November 2006 election to win the seat. 
Money in politics
This section contains links to – and feeds from – money in politics databases. For specific controversies, see this article's record and controversies section.
The following is drawn from government records of campaign contributions to Benjamin Cardin. Campaign contributions are one of the most direct conduits for influencing members of Congress. How to use this information.
The "revolving door" refers to the passage of staffers between government and industry employment. Former staff for members of Congress often use the connections and knowledge they gained as public employees to help their new employers – often lobbying firms – influence their former employers and institutions.
Privately funded travel
The following is drawn from Benjamin Cardin's travel disclosure forms. Corporations and other organizations can pay for trips by members of Congress and their staff as long as it is related to official business (though some trips have been glorified junkets). How to use this information.
The following is drawn from Benjamin Cardin's personal financial disclosure forms. Close study of the data has often revealed conflicts of interest by members of Congress. How to use this information.
Committees and Affiliations
- Senate Committee on the Budget
- Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works
- Subcommittee on Superfund and Environmental Health
- Subcommittee on Transportation Safety, Infrastructure Security and Water Quality
- Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
- Subcommittee on African Affairs
- Subcommittee on European Affairs
- Subcommittee on Near East and South and Central Asian Affairs
- Senate Committee on the Judiciary
- Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy, and Consumer Rights
- Subcommittee on the Constitution
- Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law
- Subcommittee on Terrorism, Technology and Homeland Security
- Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship
Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)
- House Committee on Ways and Means
- Subcommittee on Human Resources
- Subcommittee on Trade - Ranking Minority Member
Coalitions and Caucuses
- co-chaired the Bipartisan Ethics Task Force in an effort to reform ethics procedures in the House of Representatives.(1997)
- Steering Committee of the Democratic Caucus
- Senior Democratic Whip.
Boards and other Affiliations
- St. Mary's College of Maryland Board of Trustees (1988-1999)
- St. Mary's Advisory Board for the Study of Democracy (2002)
- Goucher College Board of Trustees (1999-)
- Chairman of the Special Study Commission on Maryland Public Ethics Law by the Maryland General Assembly (1998).
- Advisory Board, The Israel Project 
More Background Data
Tower I, Suite 1710
100 South Charles Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
- Jerry Skurnik, " Congressional Elections - Good for the Jews (and the Buddhists)," Room Eight, November 8, 2006.
- Official website
- Official 2006 U.S. Senate Campaign website
- Open Secrets - 2006 congressional races database
- See how you compare to Ben Cardin