[photo, State Senator Christopher Van Hollen, Jr.] CHRISTOPHER VAN HOLLEN, JR., Democrat, District 18, Montgomery County.

Member of Senate since 1995. Vice-Chair, Budget and Taxation Committee, 2000- (pensions subcommittee, 1995-2002; health, education & human resources subcommittee, 1995-99; chair, health & human services subcommittee, 2000-02); Special Joint Committee on Pensions, 1995-; Joint Committee on Fair Practices, 1997-; Special Committee on Substance Abuse, 2001-. Senate Chair, Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review, 1998-99. Member, Joint Committee on the Selection of the State Treasurer, 2002.

Legislative assistant to U.S. Senator Charles McC. Mathias, 1985-87. Professional staff member, U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, 1987-89. Senior legislative advisor to Governor William Donald Schaefer, 1989-91.

Member, House of Delegates, 1991-94, representing District 18 (Montgomery County). Member, Environmental Matters Committee, 1991-92; Appropriations Committee, 1992-94 (health & the environment subcommittee); Special Joint Committee on Pensions, 1993-94. Chair, School Board Redistricting Committee, and Vice-Chair, County Affairs Committee, Montgomery County Delegation.

Member, Task Force to End Smoking in Maryland, 1999; Oversight Committee on the Administration of the HealthChoice Program, 1999; Task Force on Regulatory Reform, 1999-2001; Advisory Board on After-School Opportunity Programs, 1999-. Born in Karachi, Pakistan, January 10, 1959. Swarthmore College, B.A. (philosophy), 1982; John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, M.P.P. (public policy), 1985; Georgetown University Law School, J.D., 1990. Admitted to Maryland Bar, 1990. Attorney, law firm of Arent, Fox, Kintner, Plotkin & Kahn, 1991-. Member, American, Maryland State and Montgomery County Bar Associations. Councillor, The Atlantic Council. Member, Kensington Citizens Association. Outstanding Young Men of America Award, 1989. Environmental Leadership Award, Maryland League of Conservation Voters, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000. Outstanding Legislator Award, Advocates for Children, Youth and Family, 2000. Outstanding Legislator Award, Maryland Center for Community Development, 2001. Award for Outstanding Advocacy on Behalf of People with HIV/AIDS in Maryland, Maryland AIDS Legislative Committee, 2001. Legislator Sponsor Award, Maryland Children's Action Network, 2002. Public Policy Leadership Award, Public Policy Committee of Maryland, American Cancer Society, 2002. Conservation Legacy Award, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Sierra Club, Maryland League of Conservation Voters, Audubon Naturalist Society, 1000 Friends of Maryland, Clean Water Action, Maryland Public Interest Research Group, and Maryland Citizens Campaign for the Environment, 2002. Legislative Legacy Award, The Arc of Maryland, 2002. Married; three children.

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