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Rep. John Sarbanes
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Congressman John Sarbanes has served in the U.S. Congress since 2007. Born and raised in Baltimore, Congressman Sarbanes has nearly two decades of experience working in the private, public and non-profit sectors. In 2006, he was elected to the House of Representatives to represent Maryland's 3rd Congressional District, which spans portions of Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City, Baltimore County and Howard County. Congressman Sarbanes has been appointed to the Energy and Commerce Committee where he serves on the Health Subcommittee and the Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection Subcommittee and and he is also a member of the Natural Resources Committee with a special focus on parks and federal lands.

During his first term, John was awarded the Outstanding New Member Award by the Voice for National Service. He also received an honorary award from the National Association of Law Schools for his work in passing the Education for Public Service Act, which helps those who want to pursue a career in public service do so without incurring overwhelming debt. Congressman Sarbanes continues to work hard to provide first rate constituent services and practical solutions for the challenges that face Maryland’s working families.

John graduated from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton in 1984 and the following year studied law and politics in Greece on a Fulbright Scholarship. After graduating from Harvard Law School in 1988, he returned to Baltimore, where he clerked for Judge J. Frederick Motz on the federal district court and the following year began his law practice at Venable. He spent 18 years at Venable, six as Chairman of the firm’s Health Care practice. John currently lives in Towson with his wife of twenty years, Dina, and their three children, who attend Baltimore County public schools.

Before coming to Congress, Congressman Sarbanes worked to improve public education in Maryland’s school system, serving for seven years with the Maryland State Superintendent as liaison to the Baltimore City Public Schools under the City-State Partnership. At Venable, he represented non-profit hospitals and senior living providers in their mission to deliver high quality care to the people of Maryland. He has a firsthand understanding of the pressures that rising costs and the persistent shortage of qualified care-givers are placing on these providers and the families they serve. Throughout his life, Congressman Sarbanes has fought to improve the lives of working people in Maryland and the Mid-Atlantic region. On issues like consumer protection, decent public housing and fair treatment in the workplace, John championed the efforts of the Public Justice Center and other public interest organizations that serve Maryland’s families.
Since childhood, Congressman Sarbanes has attended the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation in Baltimore. Over the last eighteen years, John has served as a board member of the Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies. Active with his wife and children in the Bolton Street Synagogue, John brings a special perspective to the Institute's mission of promoting understanding and dialogue among people of different religious faiths.

Blog Entries by Rep. John Sarbanes

Sarbanes Calls on United States Government to Formally Recognize Armenian Genocide

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2012 | 10:35 AM

On April 24, 1915, Ottoman Turkish authorities unleashed a genocide against the Armenian people. To view my statement on the floor of the House of Representatives calling upon the United States to formally recognize the Armenian Genocide, click here.

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Super Tuesday? More Like Super PAC Tuesday

(10) Comments | Posted March 6, 2012 | 6:08 AM

Super Tuesday? More like super PAC Tuesday.

Today, voters in ten states will voice their preferences in the GOP's presidential nomination battle. But this year, the so-called Super Tuesday primary is shaping up to be just another act in the new blockbuster, Attack of the Super PACs. This off-Broadway...

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Super PAC for the People

(4) Comments | Posted February 13, 2012 | 4:08 PM

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to go on the Up with Chris Hayes Show on MSNBC to talk about the issue of money in politics and what we can do about it. These days, the air is thick with cynicism about whether Congress can operate independently of the...

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Key Tests Loom in Iraq and Afghanistan

(11) Comments | Posted April 28, 2011 | 3:06 PM

On March 25th, I returned with three other members of Congress from a six-day trip to Iraq and Afghanistan. The purpose of our trip was to meet with American and allied troops, as well as civilian personnel, and to learn more about the situation on the ground. I came away,...

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Can America Rely on Turkey?

(409) Comments | Posted July 20, 2010 | 12:31 PM

Turkey has been getting a lot of attention recently. American foreign policymakers, among others, are beginning to realize that the United States cannot count on its ally Turkey in a pinch. But American surprise and dismay at Turkey's increasing petulance on the world stage and among its NATO peers reflects...

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Why I Support Recognition of the Armenian Genocide

(148) Comments | Posted April 28, 2010 | 5:38 PM

April 24th marked the 95th commemoration of the Armenian Genocide, the systematic annihilation of more than 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman-era Turkish authorities. On March 4, 2010, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs voted in favor of Resolution 252 to recognize the Genocide. The next step is to achieve recognition...

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Fixing One Wall Street Scandal, Forgetting the Last

(21) Comments | Posted December 9, 2009 | 12:22 PM

In 2001, the sudden collapse of corporate giants like Enron and WorldCom wiped out the retirement funds of millions of Americans and badly damaged investor confidence in our capital markets. As it became clear that these companies had "cooked the books" - willfully misleading shareholders about their true value -...

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