Candidate Details

Ben Cardin

MD - Senate

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin has made protecting Maryland’s environment and promoting a clean energy economy across the country a hallmark of his career since he was first elected to the U.S. House in 1986. In 2006, Cardin was elected to the U.S. Senate, where he has vigorously opposed oil and gas drilling off the Mid-Atlantic coast, and, as Ranking Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, has pushed for international action on climate change, including leading the Senate delegation to the Paris climate conference in 2015. Senator Cardin has been the leading voice in the Senate for protecting our nation’s drinking water and rebuilding water infrastructure. Pieces of his TRUE LEADership Act, including provisions to fund lead testing in schools, help underserved communities upgrade their water infrastructure, and better notify communities when lead is found in drinking water supplies, were signed into law at the end of 2016. Additionally, he has been a strong advocate for protecting and restoring our iconic water bodies, especially Maryland’s greatest natural resource, the Chesapeake Bay, and helped secure new federal funding to rebuild the Chesapeake Bay oyster population. He continues to champion these and other critical environmental initiatives as a senior member of the Environment and Public Works Committee. Senator Cardin has earned a 91% lifetime score on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard.