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John Sarbanes is a Democrat and has represented Maryland’s Third Congressional District in the U.S. Congress since 2007. He currently serves on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, in addition to the Subcommittee on Health and the Subcommittee on Energy and Power.
John Sarbanes was born on 22 May 1962 in Baltimore, Maryland, having Greek origin on his father’s side and English on his mother’s. He graduated from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and studied law and politics in Greece on a Fulbright Scholarship. After graduating from Harvard Law School, he returned to Baltimore, where he clerked for Judge J. Frederick Motz on the federal district court.
Congressman Sarbanes has fought to expand higher education opportunities through financial assistance programs like the “Pell Grant” and has authored laws to help students repay their college loans after they graduate.
Before coming to Congress, he served for seven years with the Maryland State Superintendent as liaison to the Baltimore City Public Schools. Prior to that, he practiced law for 18 years at Venable LLP.
Since childhood, Congressman Sarbanes has attended the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation in Baltimore. For more than 20 years, he has served as a board member of the Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies, which seeks to promote understanding and dialogue among people of different religious faiths.