|Name||Chris Van Hollen|
Kensington, Maryland , United States
|| January 10, 1959
Apr 27, 2016 02:02am
Caucasian - Liberal - Anti-Bush Tax Cuts (Pro-Tax Cut Rollback) - Anti-Tort Reform - Government Reform - Health Care Reform - Internationalist - Pro Embryonic Stem Cell Research - Pro Environment - Pro Free Trade - Pro-Choice - Pro-Labor - Married - Episcopalian -
|Info||Chris Van Hollen was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Maryland's 8th District in November 2002. Van Hollen serves on the Committee for Education and the Workforce and the Committee on Government Reform. He is also the Vice Chair of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus. |
Prior to his election to Congress, Van Hollen served in the Maryland General Assembly from 1991 to 2002-fours years in the House of Delegates and eight years in the State Senate where he was Vice Chair of the Budget and Taxation Committee and Chair of the Health and Human Services Subcommittee. During his service in the Maryland
legislature, he authored landmark education funding legislation, the Patient Protection Act, the Clean Energy Incentives Act, the Chesapeake Bay Protection Act and was a key Senate leader in the passage of Maryland's gun safety law. For his broad-ranging legislative achievements, The Washington Post called Van Hollen, "One of the most accomplished members of the General Assembly." (Mar. 24, 2002)
The son of a U.S. Foreign Service Officer, Van Hollen was born in Karachi, Pakistan and lived also in Turkey, Sri Lanka, and India. After receiving a graduate degree in public policy and national security studies, Van Hollen worked in the 1980s as a professional staff member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee and as the Legislative Assistant for national security issues to Maryland Senator Charles Mathias. During Van Hollen?s service on the Foreign Relations Committee staff, he traveled to the Iraqi-Turkish border to investigate chemical weapons use by Saddam Hussein against Iraqi-Kurdish civilians. His 1988 report, co-authored with colleague Peter Galbraith, was the first U.S. documentation of chemical weapons use since the First World War.
Chris Van Hollen is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center. He also holds a Master's Degree in Public Policy from Harvard University's Kennedy School and an undergraduate degree from Swarthmore College.
Chris Van Hollen and his wife, Katherine, live in Kensington, Maryland with their three children - Anna, 12, Nicholas, 11, and Alexander, 7. He is also an MSI soccer coach.
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