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Sarbanes voted against the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq in Oct. 2002.
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Sarbanes was born February 3, 1933 on Maryland's Eastern Shore in the city of Salisbury. His parents were immigrants from Laconia, Greece.
A graduate of Wicomico High School in Salisbury, Sarbanes received an academic and athletic scholarship to Princeton University, earning a bachelor's degree in 1954. He was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship that brought him to Balliol College in Oxford, England, graduating first in his class in 1957. Sarbanes then returned to the United States and attended Harvard Law School.
After graduating in 1960, he clerked for Federal Judge Morris A. Soper before entering private practice with two Baltimore, Maryland law firms.
In 1966, Sarbanes ran for the Maryland House of Delegates in Baltimore City and won. During his four years as a State delegate in Annapolis, he served on both the Judiciary and the Ways and Means Committees.
He was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1970 and was reelected in 1972 and 1974. While in the House, Sarbanes served on the House Committee on the Judiciary, the House Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee, and the House Select Committee on House Reorganization. It was during his service in the House, in August 1974, that Sarbanes was selected by his Democratic colleagues on the House Watergate Committee to introduce the first Article of Impeachment, for obstruction of justice, against President Richard M. Nixon.
In 1976, Sarbanes was elected to the Senate and reelected every six years since. In 2002, Sarbanes was the Senate sponsor of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, which reformed federal securities laws in the wake of the 2002 corporate accounting scandals.
On March 11, 2005, Sarbanes, the longest serving senator in Maryland history, announced at a news conference his decision not to seek re-election in 2006. Democrats nominated Ben Cardin and Republicans nominated Michael Steele to contest the November 2006 election for his vacant seat. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) 
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Committees and Affiliations
Committees in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)
- Joint Economic Committee
- Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs - Ranking Minority Member
- Senate Committee on the Budget
- Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
- Subcommittee on African Affairs
- Subcommittee on International Economic Policy Export and Trade Promotion - Ranking Minority Member
- Subcommittee on European Affairs
- Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs
- Director of the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute
Coalitions and Caucuses
- Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues
- Co-Chair, Congressional Fire Services Caucus
- Democratic Steering and Coordination Committee
- Chair, Ranking Member Outreach
- Senate Steel Caucus
Boards and other Affiliations
- Member, Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation.
- Director, National Endowment for Democracy
More Background Data
Articles and Resources
- Official website
- Technorati Search: Paul Sarbanes
- Google News Search: Paul Sarbanes
- Yahoo! News Search: Paul Sarbanes
- Power Trips: How much does Paul Sarbanes travel?
- Open Secrets - 2006 congressional races database
- How Congress Rode a Storm to Corporate Reform by David S. Hilzenrath, Jonathan Weisman and Jim VandeHei, Washington Post, 7/28/02
- Sarbanes to Resign, End Brilliant, Quiet Career by Charles Babington, Washington Post, 3/12/05
Local blogs and discussion sites
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