Statements from Council President Evan Glass and Councilmember Will Jawando on the Retirement of Senator Ben Cardin

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Maryland’s senior senator and Chair of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, announced today that he would not seek re-election at the end of his current term. Carden made the announcement in a video with his wife, Myrna Cardin that can be viewed here. Council President Evan Glass and Councilmember Will Jawando released the following statements:

Council President Evan Glass:

“Senator Cardin has done an exemplary job representing the people of Maryland and has been a lifelong champion for quality healthcare, the environment and good government.  In his nearly six decades in office, he has a proven track record of uplifting the working class, fighting to improve health outcomes for all, and protecting universal human rights.

Senator Cardin played a pivotal role in passing landmark legislation to preserve clean air and America’s waterways, safeguard protections for patients in healthcare settings, and expand access to affordable, quality dental care for youth. As a third-generation Marylander, he has been a dedicated defender of Maryland’s treasured Chesapeake Bay. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he established programs to help small businesses in Maryland and nationwide mitigate the worst impacts of a crushing recession.

Throughout his career, he has been a staunch advocate for the LGBTQ+ community, returning citizens, and has fought to prohibit racial and religious profiling at the hands of law enforcement and discrimination in the workplace.  We thank him for his lifelong commitment to public service and commend him for an unmatched legislative record. Montgomery County, the state of Maryland and the nation are better because of his service.  We know that he will remain steadfast in his dedication to work as he completes his term.
Thank you to our friend, Ben.”

Councilmember Will Jawando: 
“Senator Cardin is the embodiment of public service. He has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to public service, and his selfless dedication to the betterment of our community is truly an inspiration. Since 1966, Senator Cardin has been a true champion for the people, fighting tirelessly for equal rights, enhancing infrastructure, improving public safety and foreign policy, and strengthening our community’s social fabric. Just this year, he secured over $40 million in direct federal funding for local projects in Montgomery County.

There are few people in Maryland, let alone the United States Senate, that have delivered more for working families than Senator Cardin. His tireless work has had a positive impact on our community and will be felt for generations of Marylanders for years to come. I thank him and his family for their selfless service on behalf of our state and nation.”

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