Barbara Mikulski

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Think You Know Hubble? Top 10 Things You Don't Know - ABC News
Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., who was, and still is, a big NASA supporter, were livid that this had taken place. "This was such a failure, to the tune of $3 billion," he said. Thankfully, the telescope's first servicing mission in December 1993 was a...
HCC receives grant to expand pharmacy technician program - The Herald-Mail
Barbara A. Mikulski and Benjamin L. Cardin, both D-Md., have announced that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) recently awarded a $10054 grant to Hagerstown Community College to expand its pharmacy technician program....
Mikulski Is the Focus of MPT Show Tonight - Washington Post Blogs
Senator Barbara Mikulski is described as a champion of Maryland's working class who has worked to improve life for average people in a profile scheduled to air on Maryland Public Television tonight. The state's senior senator, elected in 1976,...
Astronaut Charles Bolden looks like NASA pick - AZ
But at least one powerful Senate Democrat, Maryland's Barbara Mikulski, who oversees NASA appropriations, reportedly opposes Bolden because she does not want an astronaut running the agency. Maryland is home to NASA's Goddard's Space Flight Center,...
EDITORIAL: No cell service - TMC Net
Barbara Mikulski is co-sponsoring a bill that would permit state and local jurisdictions to jam cell-phone service at their jails and prisons. Like many electronic consumer devices, cell phones continue to get smaller, making it easier for prisoners to...
Maryland Unveils the Mikulski Express - Huffington Post
Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) can make her daily commute home from Washington to Baltimore on a locomotive that bears her name: the Senator Barb "Go Green" Express. The Maryland Transit Authority dedicated one of its new diesel trains to Sen....
Battle lines drawn on competitive sourcing -
Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) on April 29, the bill would uphold the recent fiscal 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act's limits on competitive sourcing. That law also put a hold on the A-76 privatization process. Under the Act, all A-76 studies would be delayed...
LIZ PEEK: Danger — Our Government Set to Explode - FOXNews
Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland has introduced the so-called “Clean Up Act,” which would eliminate outsourcing of government work to private contractors. Ironically, her bill calls for federal agencies to determine if they face looming employee...
SALISBURY: Mikulski, Cardin announce more than $150000 for ... - Delmarva Daily Times
WASHINGTON, DC – US Senators Barbara A. Mikulski and Benjamin L. Cardin (both D-Md.) today announced the Salisbury Fire Department in Wicomico County had been awarded $157500 in federal funding through the US Department of Homeland Security's...
AFGE Applauds Sen. Mikulski's Clean Up Act - PR Newswire (press release)
WASHINGTON, April 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, the American Federation of Government Employees, AFGE, applauds Senator Barbara Mikulski's (D-MD) introduction of The CLEAN UP Act, a bill that would help to clean up the mess that the previous...

Broomes Island, Maryland

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Broomes Island, Maryland is a small waterfront community in Calvert County, Maryland, USA, on the Patuxent River. It is located approximately 10 miles south of Prince Frederick, Maryland.

Although Broomes Island is a rather small community, it does have its own post office and zip code, 20615. In November 2007, the United States Postal Service considered closing the small post office and re-routing all mail delivery through the larger St. Leonard post office branch ; however, after residents contacted U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski about the proposed closure, the postal service decided against closing the post office.

Broomes Island is located near the mouth of St. Leonard Creek, the largest tributary entirely inside Calvert County. It is in the vicinity of Broomes Island that several key naval battles were fought during the War of 1812.

During the early and middle parts of the 20th century, Broomes Island was home to a substantial oyster canning industry. However, in more recent years most residents of Broomes Island commute to other places for work.

Each May, former Maryland State Senator Bernie Fowler holds a "wade-in" into the Patuxent River at Broomes Island, where he and others will walk into the waters of the Patuxent River until their feet are no longer visible. Fowler does the annual tradition in order to bring awareness to the water clarity levels of the Patuxent River. In recent years, the "wade-in" has become a noteworthy public event, with numerous public officials joining Fowler in the walk, including Maryland Governors Martin O'Malley and Robert Ehrlich and U.S Senator Barbara Mikulski.

In 2003, Hurricane Isabel caused moderate damage to numerous structures in Broomes Island.

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United States Senate election in Maryland, 2006

United States Senate election in Maryland, 2006

The Maryland U.S. Senate election of 2006 was held on Tuesday, November 7, 2006. U.S. Representative and Democratic Party nominee Ben Cardin defeated both the Republican candidate Lieutenant Governor Michael S. Steele and Green, Libertarian, and Populist candidate Kevin Zeese. Cardin will serve a six-year term from January 3, 2007, to January 3, 2013. The Democratic and Republican primaries took place on September 12, 2006. On March 11, 2005, Maryland's longest serving United States Senator Paul Sarbanes announced that he would not seek a sixth term. This was Maryland's first open Senate seat since 1986, when junior Senator Barbara Mikulski was first elected.

Kweisi Mfume, a former congressman and NAACP President, was the first to announce for the position, in March 2005. Ben Cardin, then a congressman since 1987, was the only other major candidate until September 2005, when Dennis F. Rasmussen, a former Baltimore County Executive, American University professor Allan Lichtman, and wealthy Potomac businessman Josh Rales entered the contest. Thirteen other candidates subsequently also entered the primary. As of August 2006, Cardin had raised more than $4.8 million and collected endorsements from a number of Democratic politicians, the AFL-CIO, and The Washington Post; Mfume had raised over $1.2 million and collected endorsements from the Maryland State Teachers Association, Progressive Maryland, former Maryland Governor Parris Glendening, the National Organization for Women, and Maryland Congressmen Elijah Cummings and Al Wynn.

On August 31, 2006, Maryland Public Television and the League of Women Voters sponsored a debate between the two leading Democratic Primary Candidates , . Lichtman, Rales, and Rasmussen petitioned MPT and LWV for inclusion in the debate, but received no response. On the day of the debate, Lichtman, his wife, and a campaign aide were arrested for trespassing while protesting during the taping of the debate .

Michael S. Steele was expected to win the Republican Primary, even to the point where Maryland Public Television personality Jeff Salkin declared at a Maryland League of Women Voters debate that Steele is "unopposed." . Among a field of nine other candidates, the only Republican receiving sufficient media coverage was Daniel Vovak.

Michael Steele won the Republican nomination after facing little competition in the contest for the Republican ticket. With mostly unknown secondary candidates, Steele received 87% of the Republican Primary vote.

Third District Congressional Representative Ben Cardin won the Democratic Party nomination after facing tough competition in the contest for the Democratic ticket from former congressman and NAACP President Kweisi Mfume, businessman Josh Rales, former Baltimore County Executive Dennis F. Rasmussen, and several lesser known candidates. Cardin received 44% of the Democratic Primary vote to 40% for Mfume, his next closest competitor. All other candidates received percentages only in the single digits.

Kevin Zeese, the nominee for the Green, Populist and Libertarian Parties, was also on the ballot.

Though Steele lost the general election by 10%, a much wider margin than predicted, his was the best showing for a Republican in a Senate race in Maryland since Charles Mathias, Jr. was reelected in 1980 with 66% of the vote.

The first debate of the race was held Tuesday, October 3, 2006. All three candidates were present and participated. The evening was hosted by the Baltimore Urban League, and moderated by Charles Robinson from Maryland Public Television and Doni Glover from BMORENEWS.

The first televised debate of the campaign was broadcast on News Channel 8 on the program "News Talk". All three candidates participated in the debate, and were moderated by Bruce DePuyt, the host of the program. There was no audience. This debate was widely reported because of the constant bickering between the three candidates, who often interrupted and talked over one another.

Another debate took place between Steele and Cardin on Sunday, October 29, 2006 as a part of the Meet The Press Senatorial debate series. Moderated by Tim Russert, the debate focused primarily on the Iraq War and stem-cell research, amongst other issues.

The three candidates all participated in the final debate of the campaign on Friday, November 3, 2006. The event was sponsored by the Collective Banking Group and held at the First Baptist Church of Glenarden.

Cardin primarily attacked Steele over his close relations with President Bush, including pictures of Bush and Steele in Cardin's TV ads. Steele focused on low taxes, less government spending, free markets and national security.

Since announcing his candidacy, Steele had been the target of attacks that he says are racially tinged. A blog run by a Steve Gilliard, a politically liberal African-American, depicted Steele as a blackface minstrel. Tim Kaine, the Democratic Governor of Virginia, subsequently pulled all his ads from the blog.

When discussing his position on embryonic stem cells before Jewish leaders on February 9, 2006, Steele compared the science with experiments performed on Jews during the Holocaust and with slavery, saying, "(Y)ou of all folks know what happens when people decide they want to experiment on human beings.... I know that as well in my community, out of our experience with slavery, and so I'm very cautious when people say this is the best new thing, this is going to save lives." Art Abramson, executive director of the Baltimore Jewish Council, criticized Steele for his remarks, rejecting the comparison "between ethical and lifesaving medical research, and the horrors committed by the Nazis in their evil drive to create a master race." Cardin, who is Jewish and a supporter of embryonic stem-cell research, also criticized Steele.

In July of 2006, Steele posted photographs on his website that included him with prominent local and national Democrats from events where Steele appeared as the Lieutenant Governor, not as a candidate, without their permission. The posting came under criticism from the local party and Steny Hoyer (D-5th), and Steele removed the photos. The Maryland Democratic Party started its own website with photographs of Steele with Republicans unpopular in the state.

In September 2006, an advertisement run by the National Black Republican Association in support of Steele generated controversy for its claims. For example, it claimed that Martin Luther King, Jr., was a Republican. The ad also accused Democrats in general of opposing civil rights legislation and releasing "vicious dogs and fire hoses on blacks." After hearing the ad for himself, Steele disavowed it and asked that it be pulled from the air.

On September 16, 2006, Cardin's campaign fired a staffer who had maintained a blog about her experiences within the campaign. In addition to revealing details about the campaign, some of the blog entries contained racial and ethnic slurs. For example, some entries discussed the hypersensitivity of the campaign to racial issues, claiming that a black staffer on the campaign was able to keep his job solely due to playing "the racism card". In another entry, the staffer expressed her belief that she was a "sex object" for Jewish friends of Cardin, whom she described as having "Jewish noses." Although the Cardin campaign maintained it was a "junior staffer," some bloggers revealed that the staffer was Ursula Gruber, a regional director in charge of other workers in the campaign.

On November 7, 2006, committees supporting Bob Ehrlich's gubernatorial re-election campaign and Michael Steele's Maryland senatorial campaign recruited seven busloads of homeless Philadelphians to distribute misleading voter guides in Maryland. Each "official voter guide", headlined "Democratic Sample Ballot", had boxes checked beside Ehrlich's and Steele's names and those of Democratic candidates in other races, with photos of black Democratic leaders on the front. The fliers were handed out to mostly poor and black voters in Prince George's County in Maryland. Workers said that first lady Kendel Ehrlich personally gave them T-shirts and hats and thanked them. However, Ehrlich claimed to be unaware that these workers were hired from Philadelphia. The campaign tactic was widely criticized by Democrats for confusing and misleading voters.

Many Democrats criticized the mailer as misleading, as it could imply that Ehrlich and Steele were Democrats. (The text on the back of the mailer encouraged Democrats to vote for Republican candidates, but the sample ballot itself made no mention of the candidates' party affiliations.) Others, including Kweisi Mfume and Jack B. Johnson said that the featuring of three Prince George's County Democrats on the front of the mailer suggested that they all had endorsed Ehrlich and Steele, which was not the case.

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Barbara Mikulski

Barbara Mikulski

Barbara Ann Mikulski (born July 20, 1936) is an American politician of the Democratic Party, and the Senior Senator from the state of Maryland. She is Maryland's first female senator. She is currently the most senior female Senator, having served since 1987, and ranking 18th (out of 100) in seniority. She received 1,504,691 votes in her 2004 reelection campaign, the largest number of votes to date for a Senate candidate in Maryland.

The great-granddaughter of Polish immigrants who owned a local bakery, Barbara is the oldest of three daughters of Christine Kutz and William Mikulski. She was born and raised in historic and ethnically diverse East Baltimore. During her high school years at the Institute of Notre Dame, she worked in her parents' grocery store, delivering groceries to seniors in her neighborhood who were unable to leave their homes.

After graduating from Mount Saint Agnes College (now a part of the Loyola College in Maryland), she obtained her masters degree in social work (MSW) from the University of Maryland School of Social Work. She worked as a social worker for Catholic charities and Baltimore's Department of Social Services, helping at-risk children and educating seniors about the Medicare program. Mikulski became an activist social worker when she heard about plans to build a 16-lane highway through Baltimore's Fells Point and Canton neighborhoods. She helped organize communities on both sides of the city and stopped the construction of the road, saving Fells Point and Baltimore's Inner Harbor.

Mikulski received her first national attention in 1970 as a result of a conference at Catholic University regarding “Ethnic Americans” convened by Msgr. Geno Baroni. Her message became one of the major documents of the “ethnic movement”.

Mikulski's activism led to a seat on the Baltimore City Council in 1971.

In 1974 she ran for the U.S. Senate for the first time, but was defeated by the Republican incumbent, Charles Mathias, Jr. It turned out to be the only time that Mikulski ever lost an election.

In 1976, she won the Democratic nomination for the 3rd Congressional District of Maryland after the incumbent, Paul Sarbanes, made a successful run for the Senate. She was easily elected in November, winning 76% of the vote. She was re-elected four more times, never facing substantive opposition in the heavily Democratic district.

In 1986 Mikulski announced her retirement from politics. At the time of this announcement, it was expected that then-Governor Harry Hughes would run for the seat being vacated by retiring Senator Mathias. However, Hughes became caught up in the aftermath of the Maryland savings and loan crisis. He lost popularity with voters, opening the door for Mikulski's bid for the Senate. During the campaign, her opponent, Linda Chavez, made comments that Mikulski's supporters interpreted as an attempt to draw attention to the issue of Mikulski's sexual orientation. Mikulski never directly responded to the issue and eventually won the race with 61 percent of the vote. She was the first female Democrat elected to the U.S. Senate in her own right (not appointed or filling a seat of a deceased husband). Mikulski is one of 11 senators to vote against both the 1991 and 2002 resolutions authorizing the use of force in Iraq.

Mikulski, popularly known as "Senator Barb," was re-elected with large majorities in 1992, 1998 and 2004. Her next reelection will be in 2010. Should she stand for and win reelection in 2010, she will surpass Margaret Chase Smith as the longest-serving female senator.

Mikulski is presently the most senior member of the Democratic Senate majority not to chair a full committee.

Senator Mikulski has taken a strong stance against predatory lending, even going so far as to take personal action against Fairbanks Capital, which is claimed to have illegally foreclosed on over 100 homes in Maryland. Senator Mikulski is also a strong supporter of NASA and expanding space exploration.

Mikulski voted in favor of the FISA bill, which granted immunity to the telecom companies who cooperated with the warrentless wiretapping of U.S. citizens.

In 2007, Mikulski endorsed her colleague, Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) for president of the United States, noting Clinton's leadership qualities and cited her desire to break the "glass ceiling" by electing the first woman president.

In 2008, Mikulski voted in favor of the FISA bill, allowing the telecom companies to achieve immunity for the warrantless wiretapping cooperation they provided.

On October 1st, 2008, Mikulski voted in favor of HR1424, the Senate version of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, providing a $700 billion bail out to the United States financial market.

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Ben Cardin

Ben Cardin

Benjamin Louis "Ben" Cardin (born October 5, 1943) is the junior United States Senator from Maryland and a member of the Democratic Party. Before his election to the Senate, Cardin was a member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Maryland's 3rd congressional district from 1987 to 2007.

Cardin was elected to succeed Paul Sarbanes in the 2006 U.S. Senate election, defeating Republican challenger Lieutenant Governor Michael Steele by a margin of 54%-44%.

Cardin was born in Baltimore, Maryland to Meyer (1907-2005) and Dora (née Green) Cardin.. The family name was originally Kardonsky before it was changed to Cardin by Cardin's paternal grandparents, Russian Jewish immigrants. His grandfather operated a neighborhood grocery store that later turned into a wholesale food distribution company. His father served in the Maryland House of Delegates from 1935 to 1937, and later sat on the Supreme Bench of Baltimore City from 1961 to 1977.

Cardin and his family attend the Modern Orthodox Beth Tfiloh Congregation near their home, with which the family has been affiliated for three generations. He graduated from Baltimore City College in 1961 and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude in 1964 from the University of Pittsburgh, where he was a member of the Pi Lambda Phi fraternity. He earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1967, graduating first in his class. Cardin was admitted to the Maryland Bar that same year, and entered a private practice.

Cardin served in the Maryland House of Delegates from 1967 to 1986. First elected while still attending law school, he served in the seat once held by his uncle, Maurice Cardin, who had decided to not run for re-election so that his nephew could instead pursue the seat. He was chairman of the Ways & Means Committee from 1974 to 1979, and after that Speaker of the House until he left office. At age 35, he was one of the youngest Speakers in Maryland history. As Speaker, he was involved with reform efforts involving Maryland's property tax system, the school financing formula and the ethical standards for elected officials.

In 1986, with then-Congresswoman Barbara Mikulski running for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by retiring Senator Charles Mathias, Cardin ran for Mikulski’s seat representing the 3rd Congressional District. Cardin won the Democratic nomination with 82% of the vote and became Congressman in the general election with 79% of the vote against a perennial candidate, Republican Ross Z. Pierpont.

Cardin was reelected nine times, rarely facing serious opposition. In the 2000 round of redistricting, his district was altered to add significant portions of Anne Arundel County, including the state capitol of Annapolis, to his Baltimore-based district. His last two opponents hailed from Anne Arundel and nearly carried the district's portion of that county.

In the House, Cardin was involved with fiscal issues, pension reform, and health care. His legislation to increase the amount people can store in their 401k plans and IRAs was passed in 2001. His bill to expand Medicare to include preventive benefits such as colorectal, prostate, mammogram, and osteoporosis screening was also enacted. He also authored legislation to provide a Medicare prescription drug benefit for chronic illnesses; fund graduate medical education; and guarantee coverage for emergency services.

Cardin has also advocated, via proposed legislation, welfare reform. His bill to increase education and support services for foster care children between ages 18 and 21 was signed into law in 1999. He authored bills to expand child support, improve the welfare-to-work program, and increase the child care tax credit.

In 1998, Cardin was appointed Chairman of the Special Study Commission on Maryland Public Ethics Law by the Maryland General Assembly. In 1997, he co-chaired the Bipartisan Ethics Task Force in an effort to reform ethics procedures in the House of Representatives. He also held leadership positions on the Organization, Study and Review Committee and the Steering Committee of the Democratic Caucus and served as Senior Democratic Whip.

Cardin has been commended for his work with fiscal policy. He has been honored by Worth Magazine and by Treasury and Risk Management for his work protecting retirement plans and government-support medical care for the elderly. He has also received scores of 100% from the League of Conservation Voters and NAACP indicating stances that are in favor of environmental protection and civil rights. He was also one of the 133 members of Congress to vote against the Iraq Resolution.

On April 26, 2005, Cardin announced that he would seek the U.S. Senate seat of current long-standing senator Paul Sarbanes (D-MD), following the announcement by Sarbanes that he would not be running for re-election in 2006. On September 12, 2006, Cardin faced a challenging primary battle with other Maryland Democrats, including Kweisi Mfume, Josh Rales, Dennis F. Rasmussen, and Allan Lichtman. Cardin won, however, with 44% of the vote, compared to 40% for Mfume, 5% for Rales, and 2% for Rasmussen. He was declared the winner just after 2% of the precincts reporting.

Cardin won election on November 7, 2006, defeating Republican challenger Michael S. Steele 54% to 44%. Cardin became the third consecutive Representative from Maryland's 3rd Congressional District to be elected Senator (following Sarbanes and Mikulski).

Cardin has been a Commissioner on the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (the U.S. Helsinki Commission) since 1993, serving as Ranking Member from 2003 to 2006. In the 110th Congress, he was appointed co-chairman of the Commission, and is currently Vice President of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Parliamentary Assembly.

Cardin holds honorary degrees from several institutions, including the University of Baltimore School of Law (1990); University of Maryland, Baltimore (1993); Baltimore Hebrew University (1994); and Goucher College (1996).

From 1988 to 1995, he chaired the Maryland Legal Services Corp. Through much of his political career, he has continued to work with law policy.

From 1988 to 1999, Cardin served on the St. Mary's College of Maryland Board of Trustees, and in 2002, he was appointed to the St. Mary's Advisory Board for the Study of Democracy. In 1999, he was appointed to the Goucher College Board of Trustees.

Cardin married Myrna Edelman, a teacher and Cardin's high school sweetheart, on November 24, 1964. They have a daughter, Deborah. Their son Michael committed suicide in 1998 at age 30. He has two grandaughters.

In 2002, Ben’s 32-year-old nephew, Jon S. Cardin, who graduated from University of Maryland law school in 2001, ran for election as a Delegate representing District 11 of western Baltimore County. With state legislative District 11 overlapping Congressional District 3, there were two Cardins on the ticket in this area in 2002. Present at Jon’s swearing in was the oldest living former member of the House of Delegates at 95 years of age, Meyer Cardin, Jon’s grandfather and Ben’s father. Also in attendance was Ben himself, who stated, "The next generation's taking over." After Ben announced that he would vacate his Congressional seat to run for the U.S. Senate, Jon Cardin stated that he was exploring a campaign for his uncle's Congressional seat.

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United States Senate elections, 2010

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Elections to the United States Senate will be held on November 2, 2010, with at least 36 of the 100 seats in the U.S. Senate being contested. Thirty-four of these are to six-year terms, from January 3, 2011 to January 3, 2017. They will join Senate Class III, which traces its roots back to the senators who served full six-year terms from March 4, 1789 to March 3, 1795. Elections to the United States House of Representatives as well as some state and local elections will occur on the same date.

In addition to the 34 senators in Class III, there will be two special elections in 2010 to fill unexpired terms. One of these elections will be in Delaware to fill the last four years of the Class II seat previously held by Vice President Joe Biden. In 2008, Biden was simultaneously reelected to his seat in the U.S. Senate, a seat he had held since 1972. His resignation from the Senate seat resulted in Democratic then-Governor of Delaware Ruth Ann Minner appointing Democrat Ted Kaufman to the seat until November 2010. Kaufman has since stated that he will not run for the unexpired term in 2010. This seat will again be up for election in 2014 for a full six-year term. The other special election will be held for New York's Class I seat previously held by by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Clinton was reelected to her second term in 2006 but was confirmed as secretary of state in January 2009, which resulted in Democratic Governor David Paterson's appointing Democratic U.S. Representative Kirsten Gillibrand to the seat until November 2010. Gillibrand has stated that she will run for the unexpired term in 2010. This seat will again be up for election in 2012 for a full six-year term.

The current composition of the Senate going into the 2010 elections is a result of the 2008 elections, in which Democrats gained eight seats. The Senate is currently composed of 56 Democrats, 41 Republicans, and two Independents—Joe Lieberman of Connecticut and Bernie Sanders of Vermont, both of whom caucus with the Democrats—and one outstanding seat in Minnesota. Of the seats expected to be up for election in 2010, 19 are held by Republicans and 17 by Democrats.

Sen. Joe Biden (D) was simultaneously reelected to the U.S. Senate and elected Vice President of the United States on November 4, 2008. Although Biden was sworn in for his seventh term on January 6, 2009, he tendered his resignation effective January 15 in preparation for taking office as Vice President on January 20, 2009.

On November 24, 2008, Governor Ruth Ann Minner (D) announced Biden would be replaced by Ted Kaufman, his former chief of staff, sometime in January 2009. He was subsequently sworn in on January 16. A special election for the remainder of the term, which expires on January 3, 2015, will be held in 2010. Kaufman announced that he will not be a candidate in the special election.

2008 Republican nominee Christine O'Donnell has announced she will run again. Republican Congressman and former governor Mike Castle is also considering a run.

On the Democratic side, VP Biden's son Beau, the current Delaware Attorney General, is considering a run and would be an early favorite to win the nomination for his father's seat.

The seat will be up for election again in 2014 for a full six-year term.

Four-term incumbent Kit Bond (R) was reelected with 56% of the vote in 2004. He will be 71 years old in 2010. He has announced that he will not seek reelection, creating a vacancy in a very competitive swing state.

Republican Congressman Roy Blunt has announced his candidacy. Former State Treasurer Sarah Steelman, who sought but lost the GOP gubernatorial nomination in August 2008 to Kenny Hulshof, is also considering a run for the Republican nomination.. Former U.S. Senator Jim Talent has announced he will not run.

Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, who entered the race on February 3, 2009, is widely considered the front-runner for the Democratic nomination and enters the race as the early favorite. In 2008, Carnahan won her second term as Secretary of State with 1.7 million votes, the most votes cast for any candidate in Missouri state history.

Two-term incumbent and former 2008 Republican presidential candidate Sam Brownback (R) has stated he will not run for reelection in 2010 because of self-imposed term limits. Kansas has not had a Democratic US Senator since George McGill in 1939.

On the Republican side, Congressman Jerry Moran has filed papers with the Federal Elections Commission to run for the Senate seat. Congressman Todd Tiahrt has also announced his candidacy for the seat, setting up what is expected to be a bruising GOP primary.

Democratic Governor Kathleen Sebelius, who is popular in Kansas, was seen as a potential candidate because of term limits preventing her from seeking another term as Governor. She is President Barack Obama's choice to be the next Secretary of Health and Human Services, making it unlikely she will run.

First-term incumbent Mel Martinez (R) was elected in a very close race against Betty Castor (D) in 2004 with just 49% of the vote. Martinez is a former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development in the George W. Bush Administration. Martinez announced on December 2, 2008 that he would not seek a second term in the U.S. Senate.

On the Republican side, Jeb Bush, the former Governor of Florida and brother of former President George W. Bush, has indicated that he would not run. A December 2008 poll by Rasmussen Reports showed Jeb Bush to have an approval rating of 60% in Florida.

Former Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives Allan Bense (R) is considering a run but said he would not enter the race if Bush does. Another former Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives Marco Rubio (R) is expected to announce his bid soon. Governor Charlie Crist (R) is also considering a run for the seat, but will not announce his intentions on whether or not to run until May. Reps. Vern Buchanan and Connie Mack IV are also reported to be considering running.

On the Democratic side, Congressman Kendrick Meek, Florida State Senator Dan Gelber, and North Miami Mayor Kevin Burns have announced their intentions to run, while Congressman Ron Klein and Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio are still considering bids. The expected Democratic frontrunner, Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink, decided not to run.

Two-term incumbent George Voinovich (R) was reelected with 64% of the vote in 2004. Voinovich, a former Mayor of Cleveland, Lieutenant Governor, and Governor of Ohio, announced that he was going to retire rather than seek reelection to a third term in 2010, when he will be 74 years old.

On the Republican side, the only announced candidate running thus far is Rob Portman, a former OMB Director in the George W. Bush Administration.

On the Democratic side Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner and Lieutenant Governor Lee Fisher have announced their candidacies. Congressman Zack Space is a possible candidate as well as is congresswoman Marcy Kaptur .

Two-term incumbent Blanche Lincoln was reelected with 56% of the vote in 2004.

Former U.S. Attorney Tim Griffin is considering running against Lincoln as a Republican.

Three-term incumbent and Environment and Public Works Committee Chair Barbara Boxer was reelected with 58% of the vote in 2004. In February 2007, she announced that she would seek a fourth term in 2010, when she will be 70 years old.

Republican State Assemblyman Chuck DeVore of California's 70th State Assembly district announced his candidacy. A telecommunications sales executive, Al Ramirez, is also forming an exploratory committee to challenge Boxer.

Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has announced that he is not ruling out a challenge against Boxer for the Senate seat when his term as Governor expires. Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina is also a possible Republican candidate.

Following Ken Salazar's resignation to become President Barack Obama's Secretary of the Interior, Governor Bill Ritter selected Michael Bennet, the former Superintendent of Denver Public Schools, to fill Salazar's seat for the remainder of his term. Bennet will run for a full term in 2010.

Former Governor Bill Owens is a potential Republican candidate, although he denies interest.

Former Republican Congressman Rob Simmons is considering a run.

Eight-term incumbent Daniel Inouye was reelected with 76% of the vote in 2004, and has announced that he would seek another term. One potential challenger could be incumbent Governor Linda Lingle, a Republican who enjoys positive approval ratings in the typically blue state .

Former Attorney General Roland Burris was appointed by then Governor Rod Blagojevich on December 31, 2008, to fill the U.S. Senate seat of Barack Obama who had resigned to become President. At the time, Blagojevich was facing corruption charges, and the U.S. Senate stated that they wouldn't seat anyone he picked. It was argued that they had no legal authority to do so, and on January 12, 2009, the Democratic Caucus announced that they would seat Burris. On February 17, 2009, the Sangamon County State's Attorney's Office in Illinois began investigating Burris for perjury.

Illinois Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias has signaled he will seek the Democratic nomination. Also rumored to be considering a run is former Commerce Secretary William Daley, the brother of Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley.

Republican Congressmen Mark Kirkand Peter Roskam are also considering running for the seat.

Two-term incumbent and former two-term Governor Evan Bayh was reelected with 62% of the vote in 2004.

Four-term incumbent Barbara Mikulski was reelected with 65% of the vote in 2004.

Four-term incumbent and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was re-elected with 61% of the vote in 2004. He will seek a fifth term in 2010, when he will be 71 years old.

Lieutenant Governor Brian Krolicki is considering a possible run and trying to lay the groundwork to mount a campaign against Reid. Former Congressman Jon Porter may also run.

Incumbent Kirsten Gillibrand was appointed by Governor David Paterson to this seat on January 23, 2009, after former Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton resigned to take up her appointment as Secretary of State. Gillibrand will serve until the seat is filled in a 2010 special election. The winner of the 2010 election may then decide whether or not to run for a full term in 2012.

Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy has announced that she will challenge Gillibrand in the 2010 Democratic primary, because of Gillibrand's support for gun ownership.

On the Republican side, Congressman Peter T. King is strongly considering a run.

Two-term incumbent Chuck Schumer, former chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC), was reelected with 71% of the vote in 2004.

Former Governor George Pataki has met with Republican officials about a possible run, but officials say it is unlikely he will jump in.

Three-term incumbent Byron Dorgan was reelected with 68% of the vote in 2004. He will be 68 years old in 2010.

Republicans are trying to get popular Governor John Hoeven to run.

Two-term incumbent Ron Wyden was reelected with 64% of the vote in 2004.

Six-term incumbent Patrick Leahy was reelected with 71% of the vote in 2004.

Three-term incumbent Patty Murray was reelected with 55% of the vote in 2004 over former Congressman George Nethercutt in 2004.

Republican Congressman Dave Reichert is a potential candidate.

Three-term incumbent Russ Feingold was reelected with 55% of the vote in 2004.

Feingold has announced his campaign staff for reelection and is expected to announce his formal election intentions soon.

Four-term incumbent Richard Shelby, a former Democrat who switched parties in 1994 when Republicans took control of both the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate, was reelected with 68% of the vote in 2004. Shelby's 2010 campaign committee had over $13 million on hand as of September 30, 2008, and will stand for reelection in 2010.

First-term incumbent Lisa Murkowski narrowly defeated former Governor Tony Knowles in 2004 with just 49% of the vote. Murkowski might face a tough battle in the primary due to rumors that popular Governor Sarah Palin may run for the U.S. Senate seat.

Four-term incumbent and 2008 Republican presidential nominee John McCain was reelected with 77% of the vote in 2004. McCain has signaled his intention to run for a fifth term in 2010, when he will be 74 years old.

Former Republican Congressman J. D. Hayworth may challenge McCain in the primary.

First-term incumbent Johnny Isakson was elected with 58% of the vote in 2004. On May 8, 2008, Isakson announced that he would not run for Governor and would instead run for reelection to the U.S. Senate.

Two-term incumbent Mike Crapo was reelected against only token write-in opposition with 99% of the vote in 2004 after Idaho Democrats failed to produce a candidate before the filing deadline.

Five-term incumbent Chuck Grassley, former Chair and Ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, was reelected with 70% of the vote in 2004.

Two-term incumbent and Baseball Hall of Famer Jim Bunning was reelected with just 51% of the vote in 2004, not very impressive for a statewide office in conservative-leaning Kentucky. Bunning intends to run for reelection on low cash, though Republicans are trying to talk Bunning out of running again.

Lieutenant Governor Dan Mongiardo, a practicing surgeon, announced on January 26, 2009, that he plans to challenge Bunning again in 2010. This would set up a rematch of the 2004 Kentucky Senate election in which Bunning won by just 1.4%. Former U.S. Customs Agent Darlene Fitzgerald has announced that she will also challenge Bunning..

In February 2009, Rand Paul, son of Texas Congressman Ron Paul, stated that he was interested in running for this seat. His grassroots supporters put up a website to show support and encourage him to challenge Bunning in a primary.

First-term incumbent David Vitter was elected over former Congressman Chris John with 51% of the vote in 2004. Vitter's reelection may become complicated by a prostitution scandal revealed in 2007. However, Vitter will seek reelection.

Three-term incumbent Judd Gregg was re-elected in 2004 with 66% of the vote. Gregg had originally announced his intention to run for a fourth term, but was nominated to the position of United States Secretary of Commerce by President Barack Obama in early February 2009. His potential replacement Bonnie Newman stated that she would not run for election to the seat, creating the potential for an open seat in 2010. Gregg withdrew his nomination on February 12, 2009 citing "irresolvable conflicts" over policy related to the Commerce Department. He continues to serve as a senator from New Hampshire but indicated that he will "probably not" run for re-election in 2010. Congressman Paul Hodes had previously announced he will run for the seat and has announced he will run even if Gregg runs for re-election. Retired State Supreme Court Justice Justin Nadeau, both Democrats, have also previously announced their intention to run for the seat.

First-term incumbent Richard Burr was elected over former White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles with just 52% of the vote in 2004. While North Carolina is a fairly conservative state, the state was narrowly won Barack Obama in 2008. During the same election, now-incumbent Kay Hagan ousted Elizabeth Dole by nine points, and Democrats picked up a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in North Carolina's 8th congressional district.

On the Democratic side, there has been some speculation that Congressman Heath Shuler may challenge Burr for his seat in 2010. Another Congressman Brad Miller will not run for Burr's seat.

First-term incumbent Tom Coburn was elected with 53% of the vote in 2004. Coburn raised less than $20,000 in the fourth quarter of 2008 and reports less than $55,000 "cash on hand." This has caused some observers to speculate that he is not preparing to run for reelection in 2010.

There has been speculation that popular Governor Brad Henry may challenge Coburn since he will be term-limited to run for Governor in 2010.

Five-term incumbent Arlen Specter was reelected with 53% of the vote in 2004. He will seek a sixth term in 2010, when he will be 80 years old. He was diagnosed with cancer in 2005 and again in 2008. Former Congressman Pat Toomey is considering running against Specter for the Republican nomination.

On the Democratic side, Hardball host Chris Matthews was rumored to run but announced in January 2009 that he would not jump into the race.

First-term incumbent Jim DeMint was elected over Inez Tenenbaum with 54% of the vote in 2004.

First-term incumbent John Thune was narrowly elected over Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle with 51% of the vote in 2004. Thune will likely run for a second term in 2010.

Three-term incumbent Bob Bennett was reelected with 69% of the vote in 2004. He will be 77 years old in 2010 and intends to run for reelection.

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