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Chris Van HollenDEMDemocrat United States Senator
64
Years of Age
22
Years of Experience
MDResidence (state)

Christopher Van Hollen Jr. (born January 10, 1959) is an American attorney and politician serving as the junior United States senator from Maryland since 2017. A member of the Democratic Party, Van Hollen served as the U.S. representative for Maryland's 8th congressional district from 2003 to 2017.In 2007, Van Hollen became the chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC). In this post, he was responsible for leading efforts to defend vulnerable Democrats and get more Democrats elected to Congress in 2008, which he did. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi created a new leadership post, Assistant to the Speaker, in 2006 so that Van Hollen could be present at all leadership meetings. He was elected ranking member on the Budget Committee on November 17, 2010. Pelosi appointed Van Hollen to the 12-member bipartisan Committee on Deficit Reduction with a mandate for finding major budget reductions by late 2011. On October 17, 2013, Pelosi appointed Van Hollen to serve on the bicameral conference committee.Van Hollen ran for the United States Senate in 2016 to replace retiring Senator Barbara Mikulski. He defeated U.S. Representative Donna Edwards in the Democratic primary and won the general election with 61% of the vote to Republican nominee Kathy Szeliga's 36%. He was reelected in 2022 with nearly 66% of the vote to Republican nominee Chris Chaffee's 34%.

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Campaign Funding

20
18
$12,498,595
Total Raised
$12,175,536
Total Spent
$320,560
Cash on Hand
Top Industries  (1 - 4 of 10) View All Industries
99%
Lawyers/Law Firms$1,585,585
79%
Retired$1,266,815
45%
Real Estate$722,615
32%
Lobbyists$505,270
26%
Health Professionals$423,901
25%
Securities & Investment$407,486
25%
Education$399,271
23%
Civil Servants/Public Officials$373,861
18%
Business Services$289,979
15%
Leadership PACs$237,900
Direct campaign contributions grouped by the industry industry of each donor/PAC.

Largest Contributors

Funding generally from an organization's PAC or its members/employees. Organizations did not donate directly.
Financial Data Source: Center for Responsive Politics
Education7 - 7 of 5
Swarthmore College
Bachelor of Arts philosophy
1982
John F. Kennedy School of Government
Master of Public Policy national security studies
1985
Kodaikanal International School
Middlesex School
Georgetown University Law Center
Juris Doctor
1990
Past Positions1 - 11 of 11
Chair
Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, United States Senate
2017 - 2019
Senator
United States Senate, Maryland
2016 - Current
Representative
United States House of Representatives, Maryland
2002 - 2016
Chair
Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC)
2007 - 2011
Senator
Maryland State Senate
1995 - 2002
Delegate
Maryland State House of Delegates
1990 - 1994
Former Member
Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure, United States Senate
Senior Legislative Advisor
Office of Governor William Donald Schaefer
1989 - 1991
Staff Member
Foreign Relations Committee, United States Senate
1987 - 1989
Legislative Assistant
Office of Senator Charles Mathias Jr., United States Senate
1985 - 1987
Former Attorney
Arent, Fox, Kintner, Plotkin and Kahn
Other Experience1 - 25 of 25
Vice Chair
Democratic Task Force on Tax Policy and the Budget
Current
Superdelegate
Democratic National Convention
2016
Member
Advisory Board, After-School Opportunity Programs
1999 - 2002
Member
Task Force on Regulatory Reform
1999 - 2001
Member
Task Force to End Smoking in Maryland
1999
Former Co-Chair
Congressional Chesapeake Bay Watershed Task Force
Former Councilor
The Atlantic Council
Former Member
Kensington Citizens Association
Former Member
Maryland State Bar Association
Former Member
American Bar Association
Former Member, Advisory Board
CeaseFire Maryland
Member
Montgomery County Bar Association
Vice Chair
House Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus
Current
Former Member
Subcommittee on National Security and International Trade and Finance, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water, and Wildlife, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Legislative Branch, United States Senate
Former Member
Environment and Public Works Committee, United States Senate
Former Member
Superfund, Waste Management, and Regulatory Oversight Subcommittee, United States Senate
Former Member
Housing, Transportation, and Community Development Subcommittee, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Nutrition, Agricultural Research, and Specialty Crops, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Commodities, Risk Management and Trade, United States Senate
Former Member
Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, United States Senate
Former Ranking Member
Subcommittee on Rural Development and Energy, United States Senate
Former Ranking Member
Subcommittee on Securities, Insurance, and Investment, United States Senate
Former Ranking Member
Budget Committee, United States House of Representatives