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Tue Mar 17, 2015, 03:00 PM

What about Chris Van Hollen as a Dark Horse Candidate?

Anyone have an information that isn't in Wikipedia about him? His background looks interesting and his Father was a Diplomat and his Mother an Expert on Russia. Considering all our Military Engagements his background looks fantastic. I remember that some were not happy with his performance as DCCC Chairman...but the rest of his background looks like he might be more populist than Hillary. If something happens with Hillary and Sanders, Warren and O'Malley don't run we are going to need someone who could mount a fast Campaign who has the Foreign Affairs Experience and has served in Congress.

Here's the Wiki, including his father and mother's background following:


Christopher "Chris" Van Hollen, Jr. (born January 10, 1959) is the U.S. Representative for Maryland's 8th congressional district, serving since 2003. He is a member of the Democratic Party. The district includes most of Montgomery County, an affluent suburban county adjacent to Washington, D.C., as well as portions of Carroll and Frederick counties.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi created a new leadership post, Assistant to the Speaker, in 2006 so that Van Hollen could be present at all leadership meetings. After the Democrats regained control of the House in the 2006 elections, Van Hollen became the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the fifth-ranking position among House Democrats. In this post, Van Hollen was responsible for leading efforts to get more Democrats elected to Congress.

After the Democratic losses in 2010, Van Hollen did not run for re-election to chair of the DCCC. Van Hollen instead chose to run for the top Democratic spot on the House Budget Committee, which was being vacated by outgoing chairman John Spratt who had been defeated for re-election. Van Hollen was elected as the ranking member on the Budget Committee on November 17, 2010. Pelosi appointed him to the 12-member bipartisan Committee on Deficit Reduction with a mandate for finding major budget reductions by late 2011. On October 17, 2013 Pelosi appointed Van Hollen to serve on the bicameral conference committee.[1] Van Hollen is running for the United States Senate in 2016 in a bid to replace incumbent Senator Barbara Mikulski, who is retiring.[2]
Early life, education and career

Van Hollen was born in Karachi, Pakistan, the youngest of three children of American parents Edith Eliza (née Farnsworth) and Christopher Van Hollen.[3][4] His father was a Foreign Service officer who served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs (1969–72) and U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives (1972–76);[5] and his mother worked in the Central Intelligence Agency and the State Department, where she served as chief of the intelligence bureau for South Asia.[6][7][8] He also lived in Turkey, India, and Sri Lanka.[7] He returned to the United States for his junior year of high school, and attended Middlesex School in Concord, Massachusetts, where his grandfather once taught.[7]

He is an alumnus of the Kodaikanal International School, a very prestigious school in southern India. In 1982, Van Hollen graduated from Swarthmore College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy.[9] He continued his studies at Harvard University, where he earned a Master of Public Policy degree, concentrating in national security studies, from the John F. Kennedy School of Government in 1985.[9]

Early political career

Van Hollen worked as a legislative assistant for defense and foreign policy to U.S. Senator Charles Mathias, a Republican from Maryland, from 1985 to 1987.[10] He was also a staff member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations (1987–89), and a legislative advisor for federal affairs to Maryland Governor William Donald Schaefer (1989–91).[10] He earned a Juris Doctor from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1990.[9] He was admitted to the Maryland bar in 1990, and joined the law firm of Arent Fox.[11]

Maryland Legislature

Van Hollen served in the Maryland General Assembly from 1991 to 2003, first in the House of Delegates (1991–95) and then in the State Senate (1995–2003).[9] In the Senate, he served on the Budget and Taxation Committee and the Health and Human Services Subcommittee. He led successful efforts to raise the tobacco tax, prohibit oil drilling in the Chesapeake Bay, mandate trigger locks for guns, and increase funding for education and healthcare.[7] In 2002, The Washington Post called Van Hollen "one of the most accomplished members of the General Assembly."[12]

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Van Hollen was born in Baltimore and raised in the city's northern Cedarcroft neighborhood.[1] His mother, Cecilia Harvey Coale, was a secretary for the League of Women Voters while his father, Donald Van Hollen, worked for the Baltimore Gas and Electric Company before joining the family's seafood business.[1] Christopher Van Hollen's grandfather, George Henry Van Hollen, owned the Atlantic Packing Co.[1] The Van Hollen family, the namesake of Baltimore's Hollen Road, helped to develop the Cedarcroft section of North Baltimore.[1]

He graduated from Baltimore's Gilman School preparatory school in 1941.[1] He briefly attended Haverford College in Pennsylvania, but left to enlist in the United States Navy in 1942 during World War II. He was honorably discharged as a lieutenant for a naval transport ship at the end of the war.[1] Van Hollen re-enrolled at Haverford College following World War II and received a bachelor's degree in 1947.[2] He next earned a doctorate in political science from Johns Hopkins University in 1951.[2] He also graduated from the Naval War College and completed academic studies at the University of California, Berkeley.[1] While studying at Johns Hopkins, Van Hollen worked as the campaign manager for congressional candidate Leo McCormick in his Democratic primary challenge against incumbent U.S. Rep. George Fallon in 1948.[1] Rep. Fallon easily dispatched McCormick in the primary.

Van Hollen married Edith Eliza Farnsworth, a CIA Russian studies expert at the time, in 1953. Eliza Van Hollen later became a noted specialist and chief analyst on Afghanistan within the Bureau of Intelligence and Research at the U.S. State Department.[1][3]


Van Hollen joined U.S. Secretary of State Dean Acheson's executive secretariat shortly after completing his doctorate at Johns Hopkins.[1] He attended the NATO Ministerial meeting in Lisbon in February 1952, which admitted Greece and the host nation, Portugal, into NATO.[1]

He was posted as a political officer at the U.S. embassy in New Delhi, India, in 1955. He also received postings in Calcutta (now Kolkata), Pakistan and Turkey.[1] He was appointed deputy assistant secretary for the Near East and South Asia in 1969.[1] In 1971, he openly disagreed with National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger's handling of the Bangladesh Liberation War, which led to Bangladesh's independence.[1][/n]

He was appointed as U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives in 1972 by President Richard Nixon.[1]

In 1980 he published a widely quoted article, titled "The Tilt Policy Revisited", about the handling of the 1971 crisis in South Asia in the journal Asian Survey.

Christopher Van Hollen died from Alzheimer's disease on January 30, 2013, at the Washington Home and Hospice in Washington D.C. at the age of 90.[2] His wife, Eliza, died in 2007.[3] He was survived by three children, U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen, Caroline Van Hollen, and Cecilia Van Hollen; two sisters, Margaret Lee of Baltimore and Cecilia Van Hollen; and five grandchildren.[1]


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KoKo Mar 2015 OP
Proud Public Servant Mar 2015 #1
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KoKo Mar 2015 #3
Cosmic Kitten Mar 2015 #4
KoKo Mar 2015 #5
rhett o rick Mar 2015 #6
TheKentuckian Mar 2015 #7

Response to KoKo (Original post)

Tue Mar 17, 2015, 03:45 PM

1. He's spoiling for Mikulski's seat

Which is a shame, because it means either he or Donna Edwards (who's also announced) will be out of Congress altogether after the next election, and we need them both. (My preference would be Edwards in the Senate and Van Holland rising into senior leadership in the House.)

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Tue Mar 17, 2015, 05:51 PM

2. Can you imagine the Republican heads exploding when they find that Van Hollen was born in Pakistan.

"Another stealth Muslin!"

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Response to Enthusiast (Reply #2)

Tue Mar 17, 2015, 08:13 PM

3. lol...true.

Remember when John McCain was criticized by some in his own party that since he was born in Panama (when his father was stationed there in the military) he was not a U.S. Citizen. Assume that covers those born to Diplomats stationed abroad, also. Wouldn't stop them from going after it, though.

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Response to KoKo (Original post)

Wed Mar 18, 2015, 10:48 AM

4. Open Secrets: check every candidate @ Open Secrets

Look at they records, and who funds their campaigns
Particulary notice the industries their MAJOR contributors represent.


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Response to Cosmic Kitten (Reply #4)

Wed Mar 18, 2015, 11:08 AM

5. He looks Good from OS's info! (But then that's probably why he isn't running)

DU doesn't allow tables to format...so this may be hard to read...but this is what Open Secrets has at their link:


NOTE: All the numbers on this page are for the 2013-2014 election cycle and based on Federal Election Commission data available electronically on Monday, February 02, 2015. Click to see the reports included in calculating this information.
Not a favorite of any industry for this cycle.

Sector Totals

Sector Total PACs Indivs

Agribusiness $6,000 $3,000 $3,000
Communications/Electronics $73,072 $57,500 $15,572
Construction $14,500 $11,000 $3,500
Defense $52,000 $50,500 $1,500
Energy & Natural Resources $14,500 $13,000 $1,500
Finance, Insurance & Real Estate $226,100 $160,500 $65,600
Health $156,100 $123,000 $33,100
Lawyers & Lobbyists $115,868 $28,318 $87,550
Transportation $37,750 $36,500 $1,250
Misc Business $92,100 $53,500 $38,600
Labor $155,500 $155,500 $0
Ideological/Single-Issue $30,100 $14,250 $15,850
Other $98,550 $6,000 $92,550


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Response to KoKo (Original post)

Fri Mar 20, 2015, 03:07 PM

6. k & r. Thanks for posting. nm


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Response to KoKo (Original post)

Sun Mar 22, 2015, 01:10 AM

7. I don't much care what his parents did. I perceive him as a water carrier for the establishment,

why is that impression wrong?

I also find his instant golden child of leadership status, he was made an insider quickly coming from being a state legislator curious. Just leapfroged a lot of seniority.

I don't have anything against the guy but I'm not seeing why he is a people's champion type rather than another insider's insider from an area where over playing the "centrist" hand may well consistently draw a primary whether he would translate to such alone or not.

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