Delegate Jon S. Cardin is in his third term representing the 11th District of Northwest Baltimore County in the Maryland House of Delegates. Delegate Cardin has served as Chairman of the Election Law subcommittee of the Ways and Means Committee since 2007. The Ways and Means committee areas of jurisdiction include gaming, taxes, children & youth, education, and election reform. He previously served on the Tax & Revenue and Education subcommittees. The Delegate focuses his legislative agenda on election law, the tax code, education reform and environmental policy.
When the House of Delegates is not in session, Delegate Cardin practices law at Law Offices of Jon S. Cardin, P.A. in Baltimore, a general practice firm representing clients before civil and criminal courts around the state and in federal tribunals as well. Delegate Cardin participates in a wide range of activities in our community including serving as a member of the Board of Directors/Advisors The Camp Shohola Scholarship Fund, UMBC Hillel, The American Council of Young Political Leaders, Institute for Progressive Leadership, and the Maryland Public Interest Law Project. He is Chair of the National Conference of State Legislatures’ Election Law Taskforce.
Delegate Cardin earned a Juris Doctor with Honors from the University of Maryland School of Law in 2001. Upon graduation from law school, Delegate Cardin worked as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable William D. Quarles. Delegate Cardin received his Master’s degree in Policy Sciences from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and his Masters degree with Honors in Judaic Studies from Baltimore Hebrew University (now at Towson University), both in 1996 and the Distinguished Alumni Award from both institutions in 2009. He was recruited as executive director of The Project Judaica Foundation in Washington, DC from 1996-1998. Before teaching Spanish and coaching lacrosse and basketball as faculty at Mercersburg (1992-1994), Delegate Cardin obtained his Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Tufts University in 1992. He is a 1988 alumnus of The Park School.
Since 1990 Delegate Cardin has competed in numerous triathlons, marathons, bicycle races and adventure races. He has been honored to visit more than 40 countries and has also gained valuable perspective from his travels to Vietnam, Hong Kong, Morocco, Taiwan, Israel, and across the United States in his capacity as a legislator. Delegate Cardin sits in the seat formerly occupied by his uncle, Senator Ben Cardin, great uncle, Delegate Maurice Cardin, and grandfather, the Honorable Judge Meyer Cardin demonstrating a multigenerational commitment to public service. He is married to Megan Homer Cardin and has a daughter named Dorothy Maya Cardin.