• In The News: Md. Dems try to garner support for gun safety legislation

    By Lowell Melser, WBAL 

    Democratic members of Maryland's congressional delegation gather in an attempt to maintain pressure on the issue of gun safety legislation.

    Maryland gun-safety advocates met in Baltimore to support tougher laws connected to gun violence, setting up what could be an interesting debate next week on Capitol Hill.

    After last week's sit-in on the House floor, many of Maryland's Democratic members of Congress, along with gun violence prevention advocates and victims of gun violence, made an attempt to keep up the pressure on the issue, addressing a crowd in north Baltimore.

    Kate Ranta talked about being stalked by her ex-husband, who shot her and her father.

    "My son, who is 7 now, but 4 at the time, stood screaming, 'Don't do it, Daddy, don't shoot Mommy,' witnessing the whole thing. It was luck that no bullets entered his tiny body," Ranta said.

    Sheryl Baughman lost her son to suicide. She said she believes that a waiting list for the mentally unstable might have saved him.

    "Had they made him wait, maybe whatever circumstances were going on in his life that day could have been different," Baughman said.

    Maryland's Democratic political leaders also used the forum to call out Republicans for not working with them on gun legislation, but they had trouble giving reasons why no such legislation passed when Democrats had control over the House and Senate in President Obama's first two years in office.

    "I can't answer the question. I was on the intelligence committee, so I wouldn't have dealt with that to begin with, but I know it has always been an issue," said U.S. Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, D-District 2.

    Others blamed a supposed stronghold by the National Rifle Association over Congress at the time.

    "The tide is turning, and the intimidation factor that operated on all of Congress at one point has begun to shift," said U.S. Rep. John Sarbanes, D-District 3.

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  • In The News: Maryland Democrats among those at House gun control 'sit in'

    By John Fritze,  The Baltimore Sun 

    House Democrats frustrated over the lack of progress on a gun control measure staged a "sit-in" on the floor Wednesday, saying they would refuse to yield unless GOP leaders allow a vote on a "no-fly, no buy" proposal.

    The effort comes a week after Democrats launched a filibuster on the Senate floor in order to prompt a vote on similar legislation, which ultimately failed. Democrats have renewed their push for gun control measures in the wake of the Orlando night club shooting.

    Led by Rep. John Lewis, a Georgia Democrat, several dozen lawmakers sat on the floor of the House, which quickly went into recess -- a move that shuts off live coverage of the chamber by CSPAN.

    Every Democratic member of Maryland's congressional delegation joined the sit in, including Sens. Barbara A. Mikulski and Ben Cardin.  

    "Congress has a basic duty to protect the American people, and that means putting in place commonsense gun safety laws that could help reduce the frequency and carnage of mass shootings in America," said Rep. John Sarbanes of Baltimore County.

    Read the entire article on The Baltimore Sun

  • Sarbanes Family Picnic 2016

    Thank you so much to everyone who came out to the Sarbanes Family picnic. My dad and I were happy to see so many good friends made the trip out even in the rain! We look forward to doing this again. 

    Picnic 2016

  • In The News: John Sarbanes named to conference committee crafting opioid bill

    By John Fritze,  The Baltimore Sun 

    Rep. John Sarbanes will serve on a conference committee charged with reconciling the vastly different opioid addiction bills passed by the House and Senate, offering him an opportunity to help address one of Baltimore's most intractable problems.

    Sarbanes, a Baltimore County Democrat who represents portions of Baltimore City, was named to the conference committee Tuesday by House leaders. The five-term lawmaker was one of the few Democrats to shepherd a bill through the House last week intended to mitigate a national increase in heroin and prescription drug overdoes.

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  • Sarbanes Family Picnic (Rain Location)

    Due to the rainy forecast we have moved the location of the picnic indoors to Ridgely’s Run Community Center.
    Date: May 21, 2016
    Time: 1PM - 4PM 
    My dad and I will give brief remarks around 2:30pm
    Location: Ridgely’s Run Community Center
    8400 Mission Rd, Jessup, MD 20794
    Directions: From 95 take exit 41 towards MD 175 E/Jessup. Turn right onto US-1 South. Turn Right onto Mission Road. The community center will be on your right, look for the blue and white Sarbanes signs. 
    My dad and I are looking forward to seeing everyone on Saturday!
    Thanks for all of your support!
  • In The News: Federal lawmakers tout House opioid abuse bills

    By John Fritze,  The Baltimore Sun 

    Members of Baltimore's congressional delegation on Monday touted a package of bills passed recently by the House of Representatives intended to address the national opioid abuse epidemic, but they also pointed to the shortcomings of that legislation -- including a lack of funding.

    The House and Senate have both approved bipartisan legislation on heroin and prescription drug abuse, but the packages are substantially different. Both measures, which now must be resolved by a yet-to-be-appointed conference committee, do not include new money to pay for the programs lawmakers envision.

    Rep. John Sarbanes of Baltimore County was the original sponsor of one of the House-passed bills. His proposal would encourage and train doctors to prescribe overdose reversal drugs, such as Naloxone, when they prescribe pain medication and other opioids.

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  • WYPR Maryland Morning Interview

    On Wednesday I had the opportunity to be on WYPR’s Maryland Morning. Click here to hear my interview with Tom Hall. 

  • Thank you!

    Thank you to everyone who voted for me to be the Democratic nominee for Maryland’s 3rd Congressional District. I am proud to serve the people of Maryland and look forward to continuing to work hard for you. 

  • In The News: A manifesto to mend our politics

    David Ignatius,  The Washington Post

    It has become a truism that the American political system is suffering from dysfunction. But weirdly, even the insurgent candidates, Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, don’t talk much about how they would fix it. This is a populist insurgency without a clear manifesto.

    So it’s refreshing to hear Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) present a detailed action plan to try to repair what’s broken. This proposal isn’t a cure-all. It wouldn’t fix the immigration problem or fund Social Security or fight terrorism. But by changing the way we fund elections, this proposal could make it easier to elect the politicians who would make the U.S. government work again for its citizens.

    Sarbanes presents his proposal in the current issue of the Harvard Journal on Legislation. It’s a simple idea: Congress should free itself from big-money, special-interest domination by encouraging an alternative system of small contributions that would be matched with public funds. This isn’t a new idea — Teddy Roosevelt proposed a version back in 1907 — but it’s a good one, and a way to start curing what ails us.

    Continue reading here.

  • Light City's Neighborhood Lights- Hampden

    Last night I was able to stop by the Light City Neighborhood Lights installation in Hampden, which is located in the Third District. Below is my interview with MICA faculty member Diana Reichenbach who put together an amazing interactive community art piece.


  • Light City Baltimore 2016

    Light City is kicking off this week in Baltimore and I am very excited for all of the various parts of the third district (the Inner Harbor, Harbor East, Little Italy, Fells Point, & Hampden) that will be participating! 

    Baltimore was the 1st city in America to light our streets with gas lanterns proving that we’ve always been a city of innovators! I am excited to see an event come together that will show the rest of the country why so many young people and start ups are starting to call Baltimore home.

    If you'd like more information on Light City click here to see their full list of events!

  • Sarbanes Endorsed by MD/DC AFL-CIO

    Thank you to the Maryland and District of Columbia AFL-CIO for endorsing my bid for re-election. I am proud to be part of the labor team. We need to make sure that the issues which affect working people are front and center during this election cycle.

  • 2016 Annoucement

    I am happy to announce that I will be running for re-election in Maryland’s 3rd Congressional District. 


    Click here to read the entire annoucement. 

  • In The News: Around Pasadena- Fed grant to benefit Fort Smallwood Park, Hancock's Resolution

    "This will launch an educational partnership around the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail," Sarbanes said. TTEC aims to educate students about the state's role in the War of 1812 by getting them out of the classroom and onto historic sites.

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  • In The News: Towson Park Receives Grant from National Park Service

    “The Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail is an important connection to the outdoors and a vital link to our local history,” Sarbanes said in a statement. “With the support of the National Park Service, more Maryland teachers will be able to provide students with rich, hands-on learning experiences about our local history and about protecting our local trails and public lands.”

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  • In The News: New documentary takes a look at prescription drug abuse epidemic

    Now, our nation's leaders are calling it a public health crisis that has reached epidemic proportions. It is getting so bad that it is getting attention from Hollywood to the halls of Congress. Even the president is getting aggressive in the fight.

    Read the entire story here.

  • In The News: Howard County Council members propose 'citizen funded campaign system

    Two Howard County Council members proposed a new publicly funded campaign system Monday that matches small campaign donations using public funds.

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  • In The News: Diluting the power of big money

    THOSE OF US who cherish the First Amendment often argue that the best antidote to offensive speech is not a ban or regulation, but simply more speech. A similar logic supports a bill in Congress that would rebalance the grotesque influence of big money in political campaigns by giving a louder voice to small donors. “We’re not restricting anyone’s speech,” said US Representative John Sarbanes of Maryland, sponsor of the bill. ‘‘We’re adding speech.”

    Continue reading here.

  • Happy Anniversary AFL-CIO

    Please join me in celebrating everything the AFL-CIO has done and continues to do for working families. You can sign their 65th Anniversary card today by clicking here:

  • We Need Praisner

    Click here to read my statemnet on why I am strongly opposed the decision by the Montgomery County Board of Elections to close the Marilyn J. Praisner early voting location.