U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin (D) has announced he will not seek reelection next year, ending a nearly 60-year run in Maryland politics.
The announcement creates a rare vacancy in the closely-divided Senate.
U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin says he won’t seek reelection next year, ending a nearly 60-year run in Maryland politics and creating a scramble to fill a rare vacancy in the closely-divided Senate. https://t.co/zMG7shdibU
— Frederick News-Post (@frednewspost) May 1, 2023
From the Fredrick News Post:
“It’s time,” the 79-year-old Democrat told The Baltimore Sun in an interview at his Pikesville home in advance of his anticipated announcement Monday.
“I always knew this election cycle would be the one I would be thinking about not running again, so it’s not something that hit me by surprise. I enjoy life. There are other things I can do.”
In his career, Cardin, whose third six-year Senate term ends in January 2025, has emphasized international human rights and assisting Baltimore and the Chesapeake Bay.
Democrats currently control the Senate by a thin 51-49 margin.
But Maryland, which currently has twice as many registered Democratic voters as Republicans, hasn’t elected a GOP U.S. senator since Charles Mathias of Frederick in 1980. So most folks expect the Senate seat to remain in the Democrats column.
I am proud of all I have done for Maryland. I have given my heart and soul to our great state, and I thank Marylanders for trusting me as your representative for all these years.
Thank you, Maryland.https://t.co/3SVbOSKn86
— Senator Ben Cardin (@SenatorCardin) May 1, 2023
I'm saluting Senator Ben Cardin for a remarkable career serving our people from Annapolis to Washington. Senator Cardin, Marylanders thank you and wish you and Myrna a wonderful retirement.https://t.co/5Ywy09loN6
— Rep. Jamie Raskin (@RepRaskin) May 1, 2023