• Recalling Michael Phelps

    Back in the day, before Michael Phelps competed in his first Olympics, he and I used to share the pool at Meadowbrook in Mt. Washington.  At 23 years his senior, I used to pace myself by trying to swim one lap for his every two. I couldn't even do that. Anyway, we chose different paths from there. Michael decided to become the greatest Olympian of all time. I went into politics.  Sometimes I think about how different things would have been if I'd been a better swimmer. Oh well ....  Congratulations Michael on making your hometown of Baltimore and Towson High School (where all my kids graduated) so proud!!

    - Congressman John Sarbanes 


  • Glen Burnie Carnival 2016

    Glen Burnie Carnival 2016

  • National Night Out 2016

    This year I had the chance to go to the National Night Out events in Onley and Halethorpe. It's always a great night for members of the community to come out and meet our first responders and law enforcement personnel.


    Click below to see a quick video from the Halethorpe event. 


    Click on the left or right of the photo to scroll through an album of photos from Olney and Halethorpe's National Night Out events. 

    National Night Out 2016

  • National Night Out 2016

    National Night Out 2016

  • Democratic National Convention Day 4

    Democratic National Convention Day 4

    Here's a quick update on Day 4 of the Democratic National Convention!

  • Democratic National Convention Night 2

    Democratic National Convention Night 2

    A quick update from night two!

  • Democratic National Convention Day 2

    Democratic National Convention Day 2

    Reporting from Day 2 of the Democratic National Convention!

  • Democratic National Convention Day 1

    Democratic National Convention Day 1

    Reporting from Day 1 of the Democratic National Convention. We had a great speaker this morning, stay tuned for more updates throughout the week! 

  • Baltimore Pride 2016

    This year’s Baltimore Pride week takes on special significance this year, after the violence in Orlando. To learn more about the events taking place click here: http://baltimorepride.org/

    I am proud of the great strides we have made as a nation over recent years when it comes to making sure every American, no matter who they love, is treated equality. We have seen the reversal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell in our military, marriage equally passed on a national level, and just last month President Obama named Stonewall National Monument in New York City the first national monument to LGBT rights.

    However, the GOP's recently released platform has been named the most anti-LGBT platform ever. We need to push to make sure that Democrats win in November to ensure the progress we've made in recent years isn't reversed.

  • Co-Prescribing to Reduce Overdoses Act (HR 3680)

    Last week the House passed the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 which included the Co-Prescribing to Reduce Overdoses Act (HR 3680) -- a bill I authored to help expand access to overdose reversal drugs like Naloxone. I believe the Co-Prescribing to Reduce Overdoses Act is an important tool in fighting the opioid epidemic in our country. I was proud to serve on the conference committee that worked to iron out the differences between the House and Senate bills. This package also passed in the Senate last week and has been sent to the President’s desk for his signature.

  • In the News: Solar energy financing program will target low-income neighborhoods

    By Sarah Gantz, The Baltimore Sun

    Baltimore signed an agreement Tuesday with the U.S. Department of Energy and the Maryland Clean Energy Center to develop a financing model to make solar energy more accessible to low-income residents.

    Existing financing options for installing solar panels require a large up-front investment or high credit ratings, which can be prohibitive for many low-income homeowners. Details of Baltimore's financing model are still to be determined, but city officials said the goal will be to eliminate some of the barriers that prevent low-income residents from making the investment — as much as $15,000 for a typical Baltimore rowhouse.

    "We want to prove the clean-energy revolution in our country can be designed to include everyone," said David Foster, a senior adviser at the Energy Department.

    The new program eventually could serve as a national model, he said.

    Foster was among the officials and lawmakers, including Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Reps. Elijah E. Cummings and John Sarbanes, who announced plans for the program outside a Belair-Edison home selected to receive solar panels as part of another city initiative to install solar panels in low-income areas.

    Read entire article in The Baltimore Sun 

  • Seneca Falls Anniversary

    American women have always been on the front lines of voting rights, civil rights, and human rights. Today in 1848 women gathered in Seneca Falls, NY for the first women’s rights convention where they discussed the social, civil, and religious rights of women.

    We have come a long way in the fight for women’s rights in America but we still have a ways to go. Today women still make less than their male counterparts in the workplace and aren’t always able to take maternity leave. These and other issues that affect women and working families could be addressed more often if we had more women in elected office.

    One way to achieve this goal is to have citizen-owned elections, it’s been proven in places like Connecticut that once you give average Americans the ability to run and win seats in office their voices are heard and legislation can be passed to benefit the broader society.

    That’s why I authored the Government By the People Act, and am a strong supporter of the Disclose Act and the effort to overturn Citizens United.

  • Artscape 2016

    This year’s theme for Artscape was Space. It was great to wander around this annual festival and see how people interpreted that theme in different ways. There was everything from large planet models you could walk inside of to cool off to fellow festival goers dressed up as aliens.

    Visitors this year had a wide variety of activities to choose from with concerts to listen to, plays to watch, new video games to play, and local artwork to admire. I enjoyed the performance by the Orchkids at the Meyerhoff which is becoming an Artscape tradition.

    Artscape always brings out the creative side of Baltimore and I’m pleased that this year’s festival was such a success!

  • Huffington Post Live Interview

  • 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.

    Read the entire article on WBAL 

  • 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.

    Click here to continue reading. 

  • 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.

    Click here to continue reading.