First elected to Congress in 2002 in a nationally watched race, Rep. Chris Van Hollen quickly vaulted into the ranks of the House leadership becoming Chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in 2006 and Assistant to Speaker Nancy Pelosi in 2008. He has served as the Ranking Democrat on the Budget Committee for the last four years where he has been a national leader in the debate over how to address growing inequality in America and the challenges facing working families. Known for his detailed and thoughtful approach to issues, when Chris Van Hollen takes a position it carries weight among his colleagues. He fundamentally believes in the critical role of smart diplomacy in advancing U.S. foreign policy goals around the world. He was a cosponsor of H.Res 365, a bill commending the Kerry Initiative for seeking to bridge Israeli and Palestinian positions on a two-state solution, and he has announced his support for the Obama Administration’s negotiated deal over the Iranian nuclear program.