Chris Van Hollen, U.S. Senator from Maryland

Chris Van Hollen

U.S. Senator from Maryland

Christopher J. Van Hollen, Jr., was born in January 1959 in Karachi, Pakistan, where his father was a Foreign Service Officer and his mother was with the CIA. He spent his early years in Pakistan, Turkey, India and Sri Lanka. He returned to the United States for junior high school. He is a graduate of the Kodaikanal International School in Southern India, graduated from Swarthmore College with an undergraduate degree in philosophy, then continued his studies at Harvard University where he earned a Master of Public Policy degree. He later received a Juris Doctor from the Georgetown University Law Center.

During and after law school, he worked as a legislative assistant for a Maryland senator. He was a staff member to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, and a legislative adviser for federal affairs to the Maryland governor. He served in the Maryland General Assembly for eight years and in the State Senate. He served 14 years in the U.S. House of Representatives before being elected to the U.S. Senate. He assumed that office in January 2017.

Van Hollen is married to Katherine and they have three children. He is an Episcopalian.

In the News…

In a Senate floor speech last week, Maryland Senator Chris Van Hollen said he would not block the more than $2 trillion coronavirus relief bill. Before casting his vote, he criticized the bill for grouping the District of Columbia with U.S. territories when it came to providing funds addressing budget issues associated with the pandemic.

He said the way relief funds were calculated would cost the city millions of dollars, calling it shameful.

Contact this Leader…

Did you pray for Senator Van Hollen today?  You can let him know at:

The Honorable Chris Van Hollen
Senator from Maryland
110 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20002


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