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Former Senator Sarbanes Dies at 87

December 7th, 2020 by WCBC Radio

Former Democratic U.S. Senator Paul Sarbanes, who represented Maryland for 30 years in the Senate, has died.

Sarbanes is perhaps best remembered for co-writing a landmark anti-fraud bill and, during his time in the U.S. House, drafting the first article of impeachment against President Richard Nixon.

After three terms in the House during the 1960s, Sarbanes unseated Republican Senator and Frostburg resident J. Glenn Beall, and would go on to be reelected four times. 

As chairman of the Senate’s Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, Sarbanes co-wrote the 2002 Sarbanes-Oxley Act, which reshaped corporate oversight after accounting scandals at Enron, WorldCom and other major corporations exposed inadequate internal controls and compromising relationships with auditors.

Sarbanes attended Princeton University, Harvard Law School and studied in England as a Rhodes scholar before starting his career in politics.

The cause of death was not disclosed.