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Benjamin L. Cardin (D)
Age: 61
Residence: Pikesville., MD
Education: BA in Economics from University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA; JD in Law from University of Maryland, College Park, MD
Occupation: Congressman
Office Sought: U.S. House -- Maryland District 3 

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Member, U.S. House of Representatives, 1987-present; speaker, Maryland House of Delegates, 1979-86, member, 1967-86; trustee, Baltimore Council on Foreign Affairs, Goucher College, St. Mary's College; advisory council member, University of Maryland.

Why should voters elect you?
"Whether pursuing pension law reform or restoration of the Chesapeake Bay, I have a proven record of working in a bipartisan manner to enact legislation."

What do you think is the most urgent problem facing your jurisdiction?
"From those suffering from mental illness on our streets to families working two or three low-wage jobs but dependent on emergency rooms for care, we see the direct impact of the tens of millions of under-insured or uninsured Americans. But there are vast hidden costs: from higher costs for any available insurance, to greater health costs for patients seeking care too late, to pharmaceutical companies' ability to charge individual buyers excessively. Comprehensive coverage assured by the federal government will help every American and is essential to our goal of providing the best affordable health care in the world."
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