Senator Ben Cardin

Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and former Chairman, Helsinki Commission

First elected to the Senate in 2006, Senator Cardin currently serves as Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Cardin has a deep interest in foreign affairs and has worked across party lines to further our national security and protect universal human rights. He has fought to ensure that anti-corruption, transparency and respect for human rights are integrated our foreign policy. He has been a commissioner on the U.S. Helsinki Commission since 1993, serving as chairman of the Commission in the 111th and 113th Congress. In 2015, he was named as the Special Representative on Anti-Semitism, Racism, and Intolerance for the 57-nation Organization Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Parliamentary Assembly. He has served as the Ranking Member of the SFRC East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy Subcommittee and previously was the Chairman of the International Development and Foreign Assistance Subcommittee.

From 1987-2006, Cardin represented Maryland's Third Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives and served for 17 years on the Ways and Means Committee. A 1967 graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law (1st in his class), he earned his B.A. degree in 1964 from the University of Pittsburgh (cum laude). Senator Cardin is married to Myrna Edelman Cardin and his daughter Deborah and son-in-law Jonathan Willis have two daughters, Madeline and Julia.