Maryland Senator Cardin’s Surprise Retirement – What Does It Mean For Democrats?

by Joshua Brown
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Senator Ben Cardin from Maryland said on Monday that he won’t continue to run for the election after his third term ends up in 2024. This will likely cause a really competitive race to decide who’ll be his replacement, as Maryland is considered ‘blue’ (left-leaning politically).

Cardin said, “I’m very proud of all I did for Maryland through my time representing them! Every single bit of my effort and emotion has been dedicated here. I thank everyone living in Maryland for believing in me.” He’s 79-years-old.

Cardin has been a member of the Senate since 2006. He took over from Paul Sarbanes who had retired. Before that, Cardin was elected to represent Baltimore and some nearby areas in the U.S. House for the first time in 1986.

Senator Cardin has been important in helping people with health care, pension security and money matters. He is also fighting for clean water, especially the Chesapeake Bay which flows past his home state.

He helped write a law that gave money to small businesses in Maryland, and the rest of the United States when they were all affected by COVID-19. He also wrote another important rule that got quick cash to companies that had been struggling. Lastly, he wrote a piece of legislation that allowed people on Medicare benefits (people over 65) to get free screenings like colon checks, prostate exams, mammograms, and bone density testing.

Sen. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland said in a statement Monday that he was honoring his friend and colleague, Sen. Ben Cardin from Maryland, for all the great work he has done for the people of Maryland and our country. The Senator said it’s a privilege to serve with him.

Senator Cardin has worked on important foreign laws, ones that make sure everybody is treated the same and not cheated out of their rights. He was in charge of a commission called the U.S. Helsinki Commission which makes sure everyone follows these laws.

He also passed a law to help Americans save more for retirement by allowing them to put more money into 401(k) plans and IRAs. It was approved in 2001.

Before he became a Congressman, Ben Cardin had a long career in state government. In 1966, he was elected to the Maryland House of Delegates. Then from 1979 to 1986 he held the role of ‘Speaker’ in this same house.

As part of both his work in state government and Congress, Ben has always shared liberal views – mainly wanting more funding for education, reducing taxes on people with lower incomes and protecting our environment too.

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