George Perry Mahoney (1901-1989), a Democrat, was born in Baltimore and unsuccessfully ran for public office in Maryland numerous times. As it pertains to his U.S. Senate aspirations, he unsuccessfully sought the Democratic Party's nomination in 1952, 1956, 1958, and in 1970. Mahoney even garnered the support of George C. Wallace in 1968. This was when Mahoney ran for the U.S. Senate from Maryland, but this time as the candidate of the American Independent Party.
Paul Spyros Sarbanes (1933- ), a Democrat, was born in Salisbury, Maryland and served as a member of the Maryland House of Delegates from 1967 to 1971. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1970, and served in that body through 1977. Paul Sarbanes was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1976, and served as a U.S. Senator from Maryland from 1977 to 2007. He chose not to run for reelection in the 2006 Senatorial campaign. Along with two 1976 Senatorial campaign items, a button from 1988 is also featured. Along with Sarbanes, Presidential and Vice-Presidential candidates Michael Dukakis and Lloyd Bentsen, respectively, and Congresswoman Beverly Byron (1932 - ) from the Sixth Congressional District are also identified.
Alan Lee Keyes (1950- ), a Republican, ran for President of the United States in 1996 and 2000, and against Barack Obama in 2004 for the U.S. Senate in Illinois. Keyes also ran for the U.S. Senate in Maryland in 1988 and 1992. In 1988 he lost to Paul S. Sarbanes, and in 1992 he suffered defeat at the hands of Barbara A. Mikulski. A photo button depicting Alan Keyes is displayed on page six of the Third Party Candidates and Primary Hopefuls section.
Ross Z. Pierpont (1917-2005) was a member of the Democratic Party until 1970 when he became a Republican. A surgeon by profession, he has run for office in the State of Maryland sixteen times and has spent over $3 million of his own money. This has included candidacies for the Mayor of Baltimore, the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate, and primary candidacies for Governor of Maryland. In 1998 Ross Z. Pierpont unsuccessfully ran against Barbara A. Mikulski for the U.S. Senate.
Barbara Ann Mikulski (1936- ), a Democrat, was born in Baltimore, Maryland, is a Social Worker by profession, and served on the Baltimore City Council from 1971 to 1976. She ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate in 1974 against Charles McC. Mathias, but was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1976 and served in that body from 1977 through 1987. In 1986, Barbara Mikulski did successfully run for the U.S. Senate, and has served in the Senate from 1987 to the present.
Edward "E.J." Pipkin (1956- ), a Republican, was born in Dundalk, Maryland. He was elected to the Maryland State Senate in 2002. In 2004, E.J. Pipkin unsuccessfully ran for the U.S. Senate seat held by the Democrat, Barbara A. Mikulski. He sought election to the U.S. House of Representatives from the First Congressional District in 2008. He lost in the Republican primary.