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Benjamin L. Cardin (D)

Benjamin L. Cardin

Office Sought: U.S. Senate, Maryland
Age: 63
Residence: Baltimore.
Education: BA, economics, University of Pittsburgh; JD, University of Maryland School of Law.
Occupation: Congressman.
Web site: http://www.bencardin.com
E-mail address: ben@bencardin.com

Elected offices/civic activities:

Member, U.S. House of Representatives, 1986-present; speaker, Maryland House of Delegates, 1979-86; member, Maryland House of Delegates, 1967-86; past chairman, Maryland Legal Services Corp.; past member, St. Mary's College board of trustees; past trustee

Why should voters elect you?

"I understand the concerns of Maryland families and have the experience needed to be an effective senator from day one."

What do you think is the most urgent problem facing your jurisdiction?

"The Bush administration is taking us backwards on so many issues, including education, Social Security and the war in Iraq. However, I believe the most urgent problem facing our communities is our broken health-care system. It is a disgrace that more than 45 million Americans have no health insurance. I voted against the president's Medicare prescription drug bill because it's a raw deal for seniors. Instead, I sponsored legislation to fix the president's plan and give seniors a real drug benefit. As Maryland's next senator, I will make addressing the health-care crisis a top priority."

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