A third-generation Marylander, Ben Cardin has dedicated his life to public service. A national leader on health care, retirement security and the environment, he currently serves as the Ranking Member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee. Cardin was a key negotiator of the CARES Act, securing provisions to ensure small businesses in underserved communities and rural markets have access to the capital they need to make it through the COVID-19 crisis.
He also is a senior member of the Senate Finance and Senate Foreign Relations committees, as well as the Environment and Public Works Committee. Cardin has played an instrumental role influencing U.S. foreign policy and elevating human rights into diplomatic negotiations. Senator Cardin is a strident defender of the Chesapeake Bay and he fights for federal policies to improve our economy, create job opportunities and support small businesses, while bolstering our middle class and most vulnerable citizens. He has taken the lead on reviving the Equal Rights Amendment, believes health care is a right of all Americans, and fights for resources to fix our crumbling water infrastructure. Senator Cardin works daily to protect clean air and water and safeguard the civil rights of all Americans.