Pelosi Statement on the Passing of Senator Paul Sarbanes

December 7, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement following the passing of former Maryland Senator Paul Sarbanes:

“The people of Maryland and all Americans have lost a leader and public servant of dignity and principle, Senator Paul Sarbanes.  His 40 years of tireless service, as a member of the Maryland House of Delegates, the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, strengthened our nation and made a difference in the lives of countless Americans.

“In Congress, Paul Sarbanes was respected by his colleagues on both sides of the aisle for his humility, tenacity and keen intellect. It was a source of great pride for me that his Congressional career began in the same House seat held by my father.  All Marylanders can take pride in Paul Sarbanes’ leadership as a defender of our American Democracy on the Judiciary Committee, and in his tireless work to bring integrity, transparency and oversight to Washington.  As Chair of the Banking Committee, Senator Sarbanes passed Sarbanes-Oxley, landmark legislation that to this day helps hold bad financial actors accountable for fraud and abuse: a powerful testament to his commitment to working people that leaves an enduring legacy.  

“May it be a comfort to Senator Sarbanes’ children, Michael, Janet and our colleague, Congressman John Sarbanes, and the entire Sarbanes family that so many mourn their loss and are praying for them at this sad time.”