– Paul Sarbanes, a Maryland Democrat who served in the US Congress for more than three decades, helped clean up the Chesapeake Bay and corporate scandals, and pressured Richard Nixon to step down as president. He died on Sunday at the age of 87.
The quietly spoken liberal cause, who shunned the public and was known to speak bluntly, passed away peacefully in Baltimore, his son and Congressman John Sarbanes said in a statement https://sarbanes.house.gov/media-center/press – Publications / Congressman-John-Sarbanes-announces-by-Senator-Paul-Sarbanes.
“Friend, mentor and role model for so many of us in the Greek-American community. We will miss you, Senator Paul Sarbanes,” said Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis on Twitter https://twitter.com/EleniForCA/status/1335834748594188289.
Sarbanes was born in Maryland on February 3, 1933, to Greek immigrants and graduated from Harvard Law School in 1960.
After practicing law in Baltimore, he served as legislature for four years before being elected to the US House of Representatives in 1970, where he worked until 1976 when he was elected to the Senate.
After the crash of Enron and other companies in corporate scandals in 2001 and 2002, Sarbanes advocated extensive regulatory changes as chairman of the Senate Banking Committee.
He helped get the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 through Congress, which provided tighter scrutiny over auditors and stricter penalties for executives who break the law.
He served three decades in the Senate before announcing in March 2005, aged 72, that he would not run for re-election for the Senate the following year.
“It was not my ambition to stay there until they took me out,” said Sarbanes when he announced his resignation.