John Peter Spyros Sarbanes
(born May 22, 1962) is an American lawyer and
politician who has represented the third district of
Maryland in the
House of Representatives since 2007. The district includes
the state capital of Annapolis, central portions of the city of Baltimore, and parts of Howard and Baltimore counties.
Early life, career, and family
John Sarbanes is the eldest son of former U.S. Senator Paul
and Christine Dunbar Sarbanes, a teacher. He was born in
Baltimore and graduated from the Gilman School there in 1980. He received a B.A.
cum laude from the Woodrow
Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton
University in 1984 and a Juris
Doctor from Harvard Law School in 1988.
After college, Sarbanes clerked with Baltimore Judge J. Frederick
Motz on the U.S.
Court for the District of Maryland
. Sarbanes spent his
professional legal career at the law firm of Venable LLP
in Baltimore from 1989 to 2006,
where was chair of health care practice from 2000 to 2006 and a
member of the hiring committee from 1992 to 1996.
lives in Towson,
Maryland with his
three children and wife Dina, who he met at Harvard and wed in
Sarbanes sought the Democratic
Maryland's third congressional district after then-incumbent
representative Ben Cardin
chose not to
seek re-election in order to run for the United States Senate
seat of John
Sarbanes' father, Paul Sarbanes
primary campaign included State Senator Paula Hollinger
, former Baltimore City
Health Commissioner Peter Beilenson
and former Maryland Democratic Party Treasurer Oz Bengur
. Sarbanes won the nomination on
September 12, 2006 with 31.9% of the vote.
Republican opponent in the general election was Annapolis marketing executive John White.
the 3rd is overwhelmingly Democratic, and has not been represented
by a Republican since 1927. Few observers expected Sarbanes to have
difficulty. On November 7, 2006, Sarbanes won the general election
with 64% of the vote, while White received 34% of the vote and
Charles Curtis McPeek received 2%.