Archives of Maryland
(Biographical Series)

Christopher Van Hollen, Jr.
MSA SC 3520-12178


Born in Karachi, Pakistan, January 10, 1959.  Swarthmore College, B.A. (philosophy), 1982; John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, M.P.P. (public policy), 1985; Georgetown University Law School, J.D., 1990.  Admitted to the Maryland Bar, 1990.  Married; three children.

Federal service:
Member, U.S. Senate, 2017-present.

Member, U.S. House of Representatives, Congressional District 8 (D), Montgomery and Prince George's Counties, 2003-2017. Member, Budget Committee, 2011-17 (ranking member, 2011-17); Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, 2011. Member, Education and the Workforce Committee, 2003-07; Oversight and Government Reform Committee (formerly Government Reform Committee), 2003-11 (national security & foreign affairs subcommittee, 2003-11); Judiciary Committee, 2005-06; Ways and Means Committee, 2007-11 (income security & family support subcommittee, 2007-11; trade subcommittee, 2007-11). Co-Chair, Chesapeake Bay Watershed Task Force, 2004-17. Assistant to House Speaker, 2009-11. Vice-Chair, House Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus, 2004-17. Vice-Chair, Democratic Caucus Task Force on Tax Policy and the Budget. Chair, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, 2007-10.

General Assembly:
Member, State Senate,  Legislative District 18 (D), Montgomery County, 1995-2003. Member, Special Joint Committee on Pensions, 1995-2003; Joint Committee on Fair Practices, 1997-2003. Senate Chair, Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review, 1998-99. Vice-Chair, Budget and Taxation Committee, 2000-2003; member, Pensions Subcommittee, 1995-2002; Health, Education and Human Resources Subcommittee, 1995-99; chair, Health and Human Services Subcommittee, 2000-2002. Member, Special Committee on Substance Abuse, 2001-2003; Joint Committee on the Selection of the State Treasurer, 2002. Member, House of Delegates, Legislative District 18 (D), Montgomery County, 1991-1995. Member, Environmental Matters Committee, 1991-1992; Appropriations Committee, 1992-1995; Health and the Environment Subcommittee; Special Joint Committee on Pensions, 1993-95. Chair, School Board Redistricting Committee, and Vice-Chair, County Affairs Committee, Montgomery County Delegation.

Private Career and other Public Service:
Attorney, Arent, Fox, Kintner, Plotkin & Kahn, 1991-2001. Member, American, Maryland State and Montgomery County Bar Associations. Delegate, Democratic Party National Convention, 2004, 2008, 2012. Chair, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, 2006-. Advisory Board, CeaseFire Maryland. Board of Directors, Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington. Honorary Board member, National Capital Area Chapter, American Red Cross. Outstanding Young Men of America Award, 1989. Environmental Leadership Award, Maryland League of Conservation Voters, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000. Outstanding Legislator Award, Advocates for Children, Youth and Family, 2000. Jack Lodge Award, American Lung Association of Maryland, 2000. Outstanding Legislator Award, Maryland Center for Community Development, 2001. Award for Outstanding Advocacy on Behalf of People with HIV/AIDS in Maryland, Maryland AIDS Legislative Committee, 2001. Legislator Sponsor Award, Maryland Children's Action Network, 2002. Public Policy Leadership Award, Public Policy Committee of Maryland, American Cancer Society, 2002. Conservation Legacy Award, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Sierra Club, Maryland League of Conservation Voters, Audubon Naturalist Society, 1000 Friends of Maryland, Clean Water Action, Maryland Public Interest Research Group, and Maryland Citizens Campaign for the Environment, 2002. Legislative Legacy Award, The Arc of Maryland, 2002. Outstanding New Member of the Year, Committee for Education Funding, 2003. Outstanding Support of Local Homeland Security Initiative, Metropolitan Council of Governments, 2003. Leadership Award, National Down Syndrome Society, 2004. Environmental Champion Award, League of Conservation Voters, 2004. Special award for outstanding leadership in helping all Americans breathe easier, American Lung Association, 2004. Distinguished Community Health Superhero Award, National Association of Community Health Centers, 2005. George (Buck) Gillispie Congressional Award, Blinded American Veterans Foundation, 2005. National Public Service Award, American Helenic Institute, 2006. Hero Award, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 2010. Representative of the Year, Multiple Sclerosis Society, 2010. Advocacy Award, Easter Seals Greater Washington-Baltimore Region, 2010. Award, Center for Adoption Support and Education, 2010. Clean Energy Champion of the Year, Maryland Clean Energy Center, 2010. John V. Kabler Memorial Award, Maryland League of Conservation Voters, 2011.

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