John Sarbanes

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John Sarbanes ()
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Committees: House Committee on Energy and Commerce, House Committee on Natural Resources
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Next election: Nov. 6, 2012

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John Sarbanes has been a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing the Third Congressional District of Maryland, since 2007.


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Iraq War

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Environmental record

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Congressman John Sabanes favors illegal immigrants being given a path to citizenship as opposed to criminalization. “The current system is a blueprint for exploitation of workers, both foreign-born and native, and is feeding a multimillion dollar illegal enterprise at the US-Mexico border. America deserves better. We must expand the channels for legal entry.”

“As a world leader, America ought to have a fair path to citizenship that honors our proud immigrant past and promotes our promising immigrant future. Immigration reform could and should create secure borders and employer accountability while preserving the openness of our democracy.”


The son of former Senator Paul Sarbanes, John was born and raised in Baltimore. He graduated from from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton in 1984 and Harvard Law in 1988. He clerked for judge J. Frederick Motz on the federal district court before entering into private practice. He served on the Health Care Pactice at Venable for sixteen years, six of them as chair, representing non-profit hospitals and senior living providers. He now lives in the towson area with his wife, Dina, and three children, who attend baltimore county public schools. He attends the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation in Baltimore, where he has gone since childhood, and is also active at the Bolton Street Synagogue.

Congressional career

2006 election

In the 2006 congressional elections, Sarbanes defeated Republican John White to replace Rep. Ben Cardin, who successfully ran for U.S. Senate. Sarbanes decided to seek the Democratic nomination for the third congressional district of Maryland after incumbent Ben Cardin decided not to run for reelection, opting to instead run for the Senate seat of John Sarbanes’ father, Paul Sarbanes who was retiring that year. Sarbanes won the Democratic nomination by defeating State Senator Paula Hollinger and Peter Beilenson with 31.9% of the vote. During the general election, Sarbanes ran against Republican nominee John White and Libertarian Charles Curtis McPeek. Sarbanes won in a landslide, with 64% of the vote. White got 34% and McPeek got 2%. This was the expected outcome, as Maryland’s 3rd Congressional District has elected a Democrat to office in every election since 1927. The 3rd District has served as a springboard for many young politicians, being the former seat of Barbara Mikulsky, Maryland’s current Senior Senator, Ben Cardin, current Maryland Junior Senator, and Sarbanes’ father, Paul Sarbanes, retired Maryland Senator.

Money in politics

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Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle
DonorAmount (US Dollars)
Venable LLP$ 27,750
Johns Hopkins University$ 27,700
Clement Pappas & Co$ 15,200
Circle Management$ 10,400
KLM Construction$ 10,400
Mana Products$ 10,400
Whiting-Turner Contracting$ 10,200
Latham & Watkins$ 10,000
Park Circle Investments$ 10,000
T Rowe Price$ 10,000
Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Note: Contributions are not from the organizations themselves, but are rather from
the organization's PAC, employees or owners. Totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
Links to more campaign contribution information for John Sarbanes
from the Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
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Top contributors by industry: 2008 election cycle Career totals

Committees and Affiliations

110th Congress


  • Democratic Caucus
  • Armenian Caucus
  • Pakistan Caucus
  • House Chesapeake Bay Watershed Task Force
  • House Congressional Hellenic Caucus
  • Joint Congressional Human Rights Caucus


  • Board Member, Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies, 1989-present
  • Board Member, Public Justice Center, 1990-2006
  • President, Public Justice Center, 1994-1997
  • Board Member/Former Chair of Membership Committee, Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies.

More Background Data


DC office
  • 2444 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
    Ph: 202-225-4016 Fax: 202-225-9219
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District offices
  • Arundel Center, 44 Calvert Street, Suite 349, Annapolis, MD 21401
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  • 600 Baltimore Avenue, Suite 303, Towson MD 21204
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