Senator Ben Cardin

State Maryland
Party Democratic
Terms 2nd
Committees Environment and Public Works (Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, Chair); Finance; Foreign Relations; Small Business and Entrepreneurship; Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
Quote “I will continue my leadership role in protecting the Chesapeake Bay because every American should enjoy the freedom and good health of clean, safe water.”


Leadership: As the Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Water and Wildlife, Senator Cardin works to protect essential habitat such as wetlands and estuaries. He has authored laws to address polluted stormwater runoff, passed bills to preserve critical estuaries, and cosponsored a bill to address harmful algal blooms and hypoxic dead zones. Chesapeake Bay health is a focal point of the Senator’s environmental leadership, where he has introduced a bill to accelerate Bay restoration by engaging states, counties, municipalities, businesses, sportsmen and environmental groups.

Senator Cardin is also working hard to address climate change by pushing for a clean energy future by supporting energy tax credits for investors who are developing clean energy alternatives like wind power and preparing for the changing weather conditions that are already impacting our infrastructure. The Senator believes that investing in renewable energy technology will help reduce the impact of global warming while also reviving our economy. He has cosponsored several measures to catalyze clean energy development while opposing expansion of offshore oil drilling. In response to the disruptions caused by recent extreme weather, Senator Cardin has introduced the Water Infrastructure Resiliency and Sustainability Act, which will enable communities to strengthen their water systems against these new challenges. Senator Ben Cardin is one of the most respected members of the U.S. Congress, and a true champion for Maryland, our oceans and our coasts.

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