Former U.S. Senator Paul Sarbanes of Maryland has died at the age of 87. His son, current Congressman John Sarbanes, shared the news of his father’s death, saying his father passed away peacefully Sunday evening in Baltimore.
Paul Sarbanes was born in Salisbury to Greek immigrant parents. He attended Wicomico County Public Schools before pursuing education at Princeton, Oxford and Harvard.
After serving in the Maryland House of Delegates, Paul Sarbanes was elected to the U.S. House in 1971, and served in the Senate for 30 years until 2007.
Governor Larry Hogan shared this message on Facebook:
Paul Sarbanes honorably served alongside my father on the House Judiciary Committee during Watergate before going on to represent Maryland in the U.S. Senate. Over his many decades of public service, Sen. Sarbanes was a sincere and passionate advocate for our state and its natural resources. Today, we mourn his loss and send our deepest sympathies to his family. In memory of Sen. Sarbanes, I have ordered that the Maryland flag fly at half-staff on the day of his burial.