TOWSON, Md. (May 15, 2006)—The Hon. Benjamin L. Cardin will be the distinguished guest speaker at Towson University’s 141st Commencement Exercises. Since 1987 he has represented Maryland’s Third Congressional District—which includes the university—in the U.S. House of Representatives.
The congressman will address graduates of the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Graduate Studies and Research on Wednesday, May 24, at 2 p.m. at the Towson Center on the TU campus.
Rep. Cardin is a member of the Ways and Means Committee, the senior Democrat on the Trade Subcommittee and a member of the Human Resources Subcommittee. He also is the senior Democrat on the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (the U.S. Helsinki Commission).
Over the course of 19 years in the House, he has gained national attention and recognition for his leadership on fiscal issues, pension reform and health care. In 2001 Worth Magazine named him to its list of “100 people who have influenced the way Americans think about money.” In 2004 Treasury and Risk Management added him to its list of the “100 Most Influential People in Finance.”
Rep. Cardin served in the Maryland House of Delegates from 1967 to 1986. As speaker, a post he held from 1979 to 1986, he was credited with reforming the state’s property tax system, the school financing formula and the ethical standards for elected officials.
He earned a B.A. degree (cum laude) from the University of Pittsburgh and graduated first in his class from the University of Maryland School of Law.