Archives of Maryland
(Biographical Series)

Paul S. Sarbanes
MSA SC 3520-2169


Born in Salisbury, Maryland, February 3, 1933.  Attended public schools of Salisbury; Wicomico Senior High School; Princeton University, A.B., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1954; Rhodes Scholar at Balliol College, Oxford University, first class B.A., honors in School of Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, 1957; Harvard University School of Law, LL.B., cum laude, 1960.  Married to Christine Dunbar Sarbanes; three children, two grandchildren.

General Assembly:
Maryland House of Delegates, Legislative District 2 (D), Baltimore City, 1967-71.  Member, Judiciary Committee, 1967; Ways and Means Committee, 1968-71.  Vice-Chair, Baltimore City Delegation, 1968.

Private Career and Other Public Service:
Admitted to Maryland Bar 1960. Law clerk to Judge Morris A. Soper, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 1960-61. Attorney, Associate, Piper & Marbury, 1961-62; and Venable, Baetjer and Howard, 1965-70.  Legislative draftsman, Department of Legislative Reference, 1961 session of General Assembly.  Administrative assistant to Walter W. Heller, chair of President's Council of Economic Advisers, 1962-63.  Executive airector, Charter Revision Commission, Baltimore City, 1963-64.  Member, U.S. House of Representatives, 1971-77. Member, Judiciary Committee; Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee; Select Committee on House Reorganization. Member, Bainbridge Re-Use Advisory Committee, 1996-97.  Member of U.S. Senate, 1977-.  Member, Foreign Relations Committee, 1977-; Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs, 1977-; Subcommittee on European Affairs, 1981-; Subcommittee on International Economic Policy, Export and Trade Promotion, 1989-; Subcommittee on African Affairs, 1997-; Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, 1977-, ranking member; Committee on the Budget, 1993-; Joint Economic Committee, 1995- (100th - 102nd Congresses), Chair.  Chair, Maryland Congressional Delegation.  Regional vice-chair, Democratic Policy Committee.  Member,Maryland State Bar Association.  Congressional Recognition Award, International Association of Fire Fighters, 1999.  Listed in Who's Who in American Politics 1991-1992.  Member, Advisory Board for PACE Insititute for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement 2002-. Member, Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation, Baltimore.

Honors and Awards

Sidney Hollander Award of Distinction from the Maryland Chapter of the American Jewish Congress, September 16, 1979.

Honorary J.D from University of Maryland, May 16, 1981.

Friend of Education Award from the Maryland State Teachers Association, 2000

John V. Kabler Memorial Award from the Maryland League of Conservatino Voters, 2002

Paul H. Douglass Ethics in Government Award from the University of Illinois, 2003

"Champion of Science," from the Science Coalition, 2004.

Thomas Kennedy Award, 2005.

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