Benjamin Louis "Ben" Cardin is a politician and member of the Democratic Party who serves as the junior United States Senator from Maryland, in office since 2007. Cardin was first elected to the Senate in 2006. Cardin ran for re-election in 2012 He was born October 5, 1943, Baltimore, MD. He is currently 73. His current office position is Senator and he has held this since 2007. His previous office position was Representative (MD 3rd District) 1987–2007. Cardin married high school sweetheart Myrna Edelman, a teacher on November 24, 1964. They have a daughter, Deborah. Their son Michael committed suicide on March 24, 1998 at age 30. He has two granddaughters. He attended University of Maryland School of Law, University of Maryland, Baltimore, Baltimore City College, and University of Pittsburgh.
Cardin was born in Baltimore, Maryland, the son of Dora and Meyer M. Cardin (1907–2005). The family name was originally Kardonsky before it was changed to Cardin. Cardin 's grandparents were Russian Jewish immigrants. His grandfather operated a neighborhood grocery store that later turned into a wholesale food distribution company. His father, Meyer Cardin, served in the Maryland House of Delegates from 1935 to 1937, and later sat on the Supreme Bench of Baltimore City from 1961 to 1977.
Cardin and his family attend the Modern Orthodox Beth Tfiloh Congregation near their home, with which the family has been affiliated for three generations. He graduated from Baltimore City College in 1961 and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1964 from the University of Pittsburgh, where he was a member of the Pi Lambda Phi fraternity. He earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Maryland School of Law in ...
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...ers. He supported an amendment to the 2012 Farm Bill to close a loophole in the federal animal fighting law by making it a crime to attend or take a child to a dogfight or cockfight.
Finally, he voted to save taxpayer dollars by limiting subsidies to massive factory farms, which thrive on taxpayer giveaways that keep animal feed artificially cheap, jeopardize public health, the environment, and animal welfare, while also driving smaller and more humane, sustainable family farms out of business. He also supported efforts to provide adequate funding for the enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act, Horse Protection Act, Humane Methods of Slaughter Act, and federal animal fighting law, as well as for programs to address the needs of animals in disasters to ease a shortage of veterinarians in rural and inner-city areas and USDA positions through student loan forgiveness.
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