Greater Baltimore Committee mourns passing of Senator Paul Sarbanes, a champion for Baltimore and Maryland

December 7, 2020

The Greater Baltimore Committee and its Board of Directors mourns the passing of U.S. Senator Paul Sarbanes and offers its condolences to the Sarbanes family.

“Senator Sarbanes was a quiet leader with extraordinary integrity who leaves behind an incredible legacy as a champion for Baltimore and Maryland,” said Donald C. Fry, President and CEO of the Greater Baltimore Committee. “Many of his accomplishments while serving in office are relevant and resonate today, such as his efforts to protect the Chesapeake Bay, protecting investors and ensuring low-income residents have fair access to housing.”

In 2006, Sarbanes was the first recipient of the Greater Baltimore Committee’s Howard “Pete” Rawlings Courage in Public Service Award, which is presented occasionally, not annually, and honors public officials who demonstrate exceptional courage while serving in elected or appointed office.

Senator Sarbanes played a key role in many pieces of important legislation and in the Nixon impeachment and other major hearings and yet he wasn’t one to seek the limelight for his efforts. He preferred building relationships on both sides of the aisle rather than grandstanding as a means to get things done. His deliberate and intellectual approach to problem solving proved to be very effective,” said Fry. “In many ways, he’s a role model of the way elected officials should be – dignified, honest and deeply focused on what’s best for their constituents.”

“Despite being a busy legislator, he was always accessible and sought out the private sector viewpoint when weighing legislation. He wasn’t afraid to take a stand on tough issues, and remained deeply connected to Baltimore and Maryland and fought for both in Congress,” Fry added.


The Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC) is a regional organization of business and civic leaders that includes businesses, nonprofit organizations and educational and civic institutions. It is the leading voice for the private sector in the Baltimore region on issues relating to economic growth, job creation, workforce development, transportation, the business climate and quality of life. The GBC’s membership is comprised of over 500 member organizations, including large, mid-size and small companies, nonprofits, education and foundations in the Greater Baltimore region.