I devoted my career in public service to standing up for the most vulnerable. During a time of groundbreaking strides for civil and equal rights in Maryland, I sponsored legislation and vigorously fought for equality for all Marylanders. A tireless advocate for our youth, I sponsored the toughest anti-cyber bullying law in the nation. Working to protect consumers, I took on big corporations by increasing penalties for companies who play fast and loose with consumer credit information. And, as an avid protector of the Chesapeake Bay and Maryland’s unique natural treasures, I implemented incentives to expand solar power, hybrid technologies, and bio-solid renewable fuel sources.
With your vote, I will work tirelessly to advance these and other issues, stay ahead of emerging threats to our community, listen to your concerns, and advocate for what’s most important to you in the Maryland House of Delegates.
Since 2002, the Law Offices of Jon S. Cardin, P.A. in Baltimore has been representing clients before civil and criminal courts around the state as well as in federal tribunals. In 2016, Cardin additionally partnered with Councilman Johnny Olszweski Sr. to open CWO Strategies, managing issues in public affairs, regulatory compliance, media relations, crisis management, and community and government relations.
Jon represented the 11th District of Northwest Baltimore County in the Maryland House of Delegates for three terms from 2003 to 2014. As part of the Ways and Means committee, Jon focused his legislative agenda on protections for children and families, election law, education reform, environmental policy, and tax code. As Chairman of the Election Law subcommittee of the Ways and Means Committee from 2007 to 2014, Jon knows nothing is more sacred to democracy than the right to vote, and he was one of the state’s leading voices for open government, campaign finance reform, and fair elections.
Jon grew up in a family uniquely dedicated to public service in Maryland. In the legislature, he sat in a seat formerly occupied by his uncle, Senator Ben Cardin, great uncle, Delegate Maurice Cardin, and grandfather, the Honorable Judge Meyer Cardin. With no lack of powerful role-models around the table at weekly family dinners, Cardin learned early the value of humility and service – principles that continue to guide his life and work today.
Cardin earned a Juris Doctor with Honors from the University of Maryland School of Law in 2001. He received Master’s degree in Policy Sciences from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and a Masters degree with Honors in Judaic Studies from Baltimore Hebrew University (now at Towson University), both in 1996. Cardin has a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Tufts University, graduating in 1992. He is a 1988 alumnus of The Park School.
Prior to studying law, Cardin was recruited as executive director of The Project Judaica Foundation in Washington, DC from 1996 to 1998. He began his career teaching Spanish and coaching lacrosse and basketball as faculty at Mercersburg from 1992 to 1994.
Cardin participates in a wide range of activities in our community. He has served on multiple boards and committees, most recently joining the board of the Jewish Community Center of Baltimore. His chairmanship of the National Conference of State Legislatures’ Election Law Taskforce and The American Council of Young Political Leaders led to speaking engagements around the country where he discussed current issues of diplomacy and election security and reform. During the 2017 season, he coached his daughter’s soccer team with the Sacred Heart League.
Jon lives with his wife, Megan, their daughters, Dorothy Maya and Micah Honor, and their dog, Matilda. They attend Beth Tfiloh synagogue. In his free time, Jon enjoys watching Dorothy and Micah grow up, walking his dog, running and swimming. Jon and the entire Cardin gang still make weekly dinners a priority.