U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, D-MD, (@SenatorCardin) is Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission and of the Senate Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee. He is a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations, Finance, and Environment & Public Works committees. He was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 2006, after serving in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1987 to 2006. He was the youngest elected Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates, 1979-1986.