Working for every Marylander
Proven. Effective. Democrat.
Proven. Effective. Democrat.
Chris ran for office to get things done for Marylanders, to build an economy that works for everyone not just the privileged few, and to fight to make good on the promise of equal rights, equal justice, and equal opportunity for all. And that’s what he’s doing.
Whether it’s large investments in transportation, resources to protect the Chesapeake Bay, support for schools, students, seniors, affordable housing, COVID relief, or local economic development initiatives, Chris has worked tirelessly as our Senator to deliver for Marylanders in every corner of our state.
Chris believes the challenge of our time is building a stronger, more inclusive economy with more shared prosperity. That's why he has led the charge to increase paychecks and benefits for working families and cut the costs of everything from prescription drugs to child care. He is the author of Build Back Better measures to end tax giveaways to the super wealthy so we can invest more in the success of every American.
Chris Van Hollen has always understood that there’s nothing more essential for our future success — as individuals, families, and a nation — than providing a quality education for every child and building ladders for career success. For Chris, that’s the foundation for expanding economic opportunities, and it’s why he’s been a champion for universal pre-k, led the fight to increase our investment in public schools, and pushed to expand apprenticeships, and reduce the costs of both community and four-year colleges.
Safe neighborhoods require a combination of strong community organizations, effective and accountable policing, alternative 9–11 emergency responses for mental health situations, robust after-school programs, and sensible gun laws. Chris has led efforts on all these fronts, including standing up to the NRA and the gun lobby. He will not rest until we end the epidemic of gun violence.
Chris believes deeply in the promises we make to those who have earned the dignity of a secure retirement after paying into Medicare and Social Security all their working lives. He has been a leader in protecting and strengthening benefits for seniors and he’ll never back down from that fight. He has played a pivotal role in the battle to give Medicare the power to negotiate lower costs for prescription drugs and to close the existing coverage gaps for hearing, dental and vision services.
Environmental protection is not just about the future of our planet — it’s about clean air, public health and the quality of life for all. It’s also about jobs in the outdoors economy and our clean energy future. A longtime champion of the Chesapeake Bay, Chris has secured record federal funds to protect the Bay, and worked to include the clean water and key climate provisions in the recent BBB package. His Polluters Pay Climate Fund Act requires biggest polluters to help pay to cleanup the mess they created.
Throughout his public service, Chris has worked to protect the right to vote and fight back against discriminatory attempts to disenfranchise Americans. An original sponsor of the Freedom to Vote Act and the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Act, he believes we must urgently fortify our democracy against the “Big Lie” and GOP voter suppression laws. A leading proponent of campaign finance reform, Chris is the original author of the DISCLOSE Act, which would end the torrents of secret money poisoning our politics.