Political Highlights: Md. House, 1967-87; U.S. House, 1987-2007; U.S. Senate, 2007-present Born: Oct. 5, 1943; Baltimore, Md. Residence: Baltimore Religion: Jewish Family: Wife, Myrna Edelman Cardin; two children (one deceased) Education: U. of Pittsburgh, B.A. 1964; U. of Maryland, Baltimore, LL.B. 1967 Military Service: None Start of Service: Elected: 2006 (2nd term) Committee Assignments: Environment & Public Works (Clean Air & Nuclear Safety; Transportation & Infrastructure; Water & Wildlife - Chairman); Finance (Health Care; Social Security, Pensions & Family Policy; Taxation & IRS Oversight); Foreign Relations (African Affairs; East Asian & Pacific Affairs - Chairman; European Affairs; Near Eastern & South & Central Asian Affairs); Small Business & Entrepreneurship
Roll Call and CQ Weekly use ratings assigned by the Rothenberg Political Report, which are defined as follows:
SAFE: As of today, the party indicated is all but certain to win the seat.
FAVORED: One candidate has a substantial advantage, but an upset is still possible.
LEAN: The party indicated has the edge, but the outcome is less certain than for races rated as favored.
TILT: The outcome is effectively regarded as a tossup for each of these highly competitive seats, although the party indicated has a slight edge.
TOSSUP: Neither party has an edge in these contests.