Paul Sarbanes

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Paul Spyros Sarbanes, a Democrat, was a senator representing Maryland from 1977 to 2007. He opted to retire rather than seek reelection in 2006.


Record and controversies

Iraq War

Sarbanes voted against the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq in Oct. 2002.

For more information see the chart of U.S. Senate votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal



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.

Congressional career

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.

Senate Career

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.

2006 Elections

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) [1]

Money in politics

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Committees and Affiliations

Committees in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

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

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Paul Sarbanes. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.

Articles and Resources




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