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Ben Cardin

Personal data
Date of birthOctober 5, 1943(age 73)
Place of birthBaltimore, Maryland
Political partyDemocratic
SpouseMyrna Edelman Cardin
ChildrenDeborah Cardin
Michael Cardin
ResidenceBaltimore, Maryland
Alma materUniversity of Pittsburgh (B.A.)
University of Maryland (J.D.)
Assumed officeJanuary 3, 2007
Serving with Barbara Mikulski
Preceded byPaul Sarbanes
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Maryland's 3rd district
In officeJanuary 6, 1987 - January 3, 2007
Succeeded byJohn Sarbanes
Preceded byBarbara Mikulski
103rd Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates
In officeJanuary 6, 1979 - January 6, 1987
Succeeded byClayton R. Mitchell, Jr.
Preceded byJohn Hanson Briscoe
Member of the
Maryland House of Delegates
from the 42nd District
In officeJanuary 6, 1967 - January 6, 1987
Succeeded byDavid Shapiro
Preceded byMaurice Cardin

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Benjamin Louis "Ben" Cardin (born October 5, 1943) is the junior United States Senator from Maryland and a member of the Democratic Party. Before his election to the Senate, Cardin was a member of the United States House of Representatives, representing from 1987 to 2007.

Cardin was elected to succeed Paul Sarbanes in the 2006 U.S. Senate election, defeating Republican challenger Lieutenant Governor Michael Steele by a margin of 54%-44%.

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