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Sen. Paul Sarbanes (1933-2020): A Reflection by Sen. Mikulski

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Today on Midday, remembering former Maryland Senator Paul Spyros Sarbanes, who passed away last night at the age of 87, according to an announcement by his eldest son, Rep. John Sarbanes (D., MD 3rd District).

A long-time friend and colleague of Paul Sarbanes, former Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski-- now a professor of public policy at The Johns Hopkins University -- joins us with her personal reflections.

Born in Salisbury, Maryland on February 3, 1933, Paul Sarbanes was a graduate of Princeton University, Balliol College, Oxford, and Harvard Law School. He first won election to the Maryland House of Delegates in 1966, where he served two terms.  In 1970, he won a seat in the United States House of Representatives, representing Maryland's 4th and later Maryland's 3rd congressional districts from 1971 to 1977.

He won election to the US Senate in 1976, and was re-elected four times until his retirement in 2007. Paul Sarbanes was the longest-serving senator in Maryland history until he was surpassed by Sen. Barbara Mikulski by a single day when her term ended on January 3, 2017.

During an hour-long remembrance of Sen. Sarbanes on this Wednesday's Midday program, friends and former colleagues will discuss the wide-ranging impact of Paul Sarbanes' life and work on Maryland and the nation.

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