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 of 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…

Senator Chris Van Hollen of Maryland has raised concerns about the assessment of Israel’s compliance with international law by President Biden’s administration, after U.S. officials questioned the reliability and credibility of Israel’s assurances.

Senator Van Hollen stated, “This reporting casts serious doubt on the integrity of the process in the Biden administration for reviewing whether the Netanyahu government is complying with international law in Gaza.” 

He added, “The determination regarding compliance with international law is one of fact and law. The facts and law should not be ignored to achieve a pre-determined policy outcome. Our credibility is on the line.”

Contact this Leader…

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The Honorable Chris Van Hollen
Senator from Maryland
730 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510


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