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[photo, Christopher Van Hollen, Jr., U.S. Representative, Maryland] CHRISTOPHER VAN HOLLEN, JR. (Democrat), U.S. Representative, 8th Congressional District (parts of Montgomery & Prince George's counties), Maryland.

Member of U.S. House of Representatives since January 7, 2003. Member, Oversight and Government Reform Committee (formerly Government Reform Committee), 2003- (national security & foreign affairs subcommittee, 2003-); Ways and Means Committee, 2007- (income security & family support subcommittee, 2007-; trade subcommittee, 2007-). Co-Chair, Chesapeake Bay Watershed Task Force, 2004-. Member, Education and the Workforce Committee, 2003-07; Judiciary Committee, 2005-06. Vice-Chair, House Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus, 2004-. Vice-Chair, Democratic Caucus Task Force on Tax Policy and the Budget. Chair, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, 2007-.

Member of State Senate, January 11, 1995 to January 8, 2003. Member Special Joint Committee on Pensions, 1995-2003; Joint Committee on Fair Practices, 1997-2003. Senate Chair, Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review, 1998-99. Vice-Chair, Budget and Taxation Committee, 2000-03 (pensions subcommittee, 1995-2002; health, education & human resources subcommittee, 1995-99; chair, health & human services subcommittee, 2000-02). Member, Special Committee on Substance Abuse, 2001-03; Joint Committee on the Selection of the State Treasurer, 2002.

Member, House of Delegates, January 1991 to January 11, 1995, representing District 18 (Montgomery County). Member, Environmental Matters Committee, 1991-92; Appropriations Committee, 1992-95 (health & the environment subcommittee); Special Joint Committee on Pensions, 1993-95. Chair, School Board Redistricting Committee, and Vice-Chair, County Affairs Committee, Montgomery County Delegation.

Legislative assistant to U.S. Senator Charles McC. Mathias, 1985-87. Professional staff member, U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, 1987-89. Senior legislative advisor to Governor William Donald Schaefer, 1989-91. Member, Task Force to End Smoking in Maryland, 1999; Oversight Committee on the Administration of the HealthChoice Program, 1999; Task Force on Regulatory Reform, 1999-2001; Advisory Board on After-School Opportunity Programs, 1999-2002.

Born in Karachi, Pakistan, January 10, 1959. Swarthmore College, B.A. (philosophy), 1982; John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, M.P.P. (public policy), 1985; Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1990. Admitted to Maryland Bar, 1990. Former attorney, law firm of Arent, Fox, Kintner, Plotkin & Kahn. Member, American, Maryland State and Montgomery County Bar Associations. Delegate, Democratic Party National Convention, 2004, 2008. Chair, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, 2006-. Advisory Board, CeaseFire Maryland. Outstanding Young Men of America Award, 1989. Environmental Leadership Award, Maryland League of Conservation Voters, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000. Outstanding Legislator Award, Advocates for Children, Youth and Family, 2000. Jack Lodge Award, American Lung Association of Maryland, 2000. Outstanding Legislator Award, Maryland Center for Community Development, 2001. Award for Outstanding Advocacy on Behalf of People with HIV/AIDS in Maryland, Maryland AIDS Legislative Committee, 2001. Legislator Sponsor Award, Maryland Children's Action Network, 2002. Public Policy Leadership Award, Public Policy Committee of Maryland, American Cancer Society, 2002. Conservation Legacy Award, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Sierra Club, Maryland League of Conservation Voters, Audubon Naturalist Society, 1000 Friends of Maryland, Clean Water Action, Maryland Public Interest Research Group, and Maryland Citizens Campaign for the Environment, 2002. Legislative Legacy Award, The Arc of Maryland, 2002. Outstanding New Member of the Year, Committee for Education Funding, 2003. Outstanding Support of Local Homeland Security Initiative, Metropolitan Council of Governments, 2003. Leadership Award, National Down Syndrome Society, 2004. Environmental Champion Award, League of Conservation Voters, 2004. Special award for outstanding leadership in helping all Americans breathe easier, American Lung Association, 2004. Distinguished Community Health Superhero Award, National Association of Community Health Centers, 2005. George (Buck) Gillispie Congressional Award, Blinded American Veterans Foundation, 2005. Married; three children.

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