Albio (Albio) Sires (D-08)

US Representative Albio Sires

Albio (Albio) Sires (D-08)
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Capitol: 202.225.7919
FAX: 202.226.0792
District: 908.820.0692
Representative
Room 2268 RHOB- Rayburn House Office Building 50 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20515-3008
800 Anna Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07201
Residence:West New York, NJ

Committee Assignments

ChairmanHouse Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Civilian Security, Migration, and International Economic Policy
FC MemberCongressional Cuba Democracy Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Taiwan Caucus
Co-ChairOrganization of American States (OAS) Caucus
MemberHouse Committee on Foreign Affairs
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Highways and Transit
FC MemberCongressional Humane Bond Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Europe, Energy, the Environment, and Cyber
FC MemberCongressional Friends of Panama Caucus
FC MemberHouse Mentoring Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Friends of Spain Caucus
FC MemberGoods Movement Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Tennis Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Assisting Caregivers Today (ACT) Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Colombia
FC MemberCongressional Georgia Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Former Mayors Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Brazil
MemberHouse Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on the Mississippi River
FC MemberStrengthening the Mid-Atlantic Region for Tomorrow Congressional Caucus [SMART Caucus]
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Tourette Syndrome
FC MemberCongressional New Americans Caucus
FC MemberHouse Caucus on International Religious Freedom
FC MemberCongressional Real Estate Caucus
FC MemberLatino-Jewish Congressional Caucus
FC MemberHouse Diversity and Innovation Caucus
FC MemberHouse Livable Communities Task Force
FC MemberCongressional Soccer Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Recycling Caucus
MemberHouse Committee on Budget
FC MemberHouse Impact Aid Coalition
FC MemberCongressional Urban Caucus
FC MemberCongressional National Parks Caucus
FC MemberHouse Congressional Academic Medicine Caucus
FC MemberGreen Schools Caucus
FC MemberCongressional JOBS NOW! Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Hellenic-Israel Alliance Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Lupus Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Smart Cities
FC MemberFriends of Job Corps Congressional Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Hispanic Caucus
FC MemberFriends of Australia Caucus
FC MemberOut of Poverty Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Dyslexia Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Gun Violence Prevention Task Force
FC MemberIndependent Colleges Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus to End the Youth Vaping Epidemic
FC MemberCongressional Bicameral High-Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education Caucus [STEM Caucus]
FC MemberCongressional Ports Opportunity, Renewal, Trade, and Security [P.O.R.T.S.] Caucus
FC MemberCongressional HIV/AIDS Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues
FC MemberCongressional Rare and Neglected Diseases Caucus
FC MemberNational Guard and Reserve Components Caucus
FC MemberCommunity College Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Historic Preservation Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus for Competitiveness in Entertainment Technology (E-Tech Caucus)
FC MemberCongressional Medicare for All Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans
FC MemberTom Lantos Human Rights Commission
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Foster Youth
FC MemberCongressional Bike Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Animal Protection Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Fire Services Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Arts Caucus
FC MemberExpand Social Security Caucus (House)
FC MemberCongressional Diabetes Caucus

Bio

Born in the Cuban town of Bejucal, he grew up in the waning years of pre-Communist Cuba. His family fled in January 1962 with the help of relatives in America. Congressman Sires became a star basketball player at Memorial High School and received a four-year basketball scholarship from St. Peter's College. He went on to receive a Masters Degree from Middlebury College in Vermont. Congressman Sires was a teacher and business owner before entering public service. He proudly served as Mayor of West New York, New Jersey from 1995 to 2006. During that time, the Congressman created more affordable housing units than any municipality in the State of New Jersey by fostering public-private partnerships and the use of targeted tax incentives. He balanced twelve consecutive municipal budgets while maintaining and enhancing vital municipal services. His efforts were recognized by many, including the New Jersey State Bar Association and Legal Services and his fellow Mayors who named him, "Mayor of the Year" in 2004. Congressman Sires also served in the New Jersey State Assembly, where he served two terms as Speaker of the Assembly. As Speaker, Congressman Sires led the effort to create the Office of Lieutenant Governor and the Assembly Committee on Homeland Security and State Preparedness, as well as, raise the minimum wage, expand job training, and fund valuable cancer research. He also created the STARS I and STARS II program, which offers full county and state college tuition scholarships to thousands of students. He increased funding for public education by $760 million and helped fund after-school programs to get kids off the streets and away from gangs. During his first term in the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Sires served on the Financial Services Committee. There he focused on housing, introducing legislation to aid public housing authorities and supporting housing for low-income seniors. Today, Congressman Sires serves on three Committees- Foreign Affairs, Transportation and Infrastructure, and Budget. On the Foreign Affairs Committee, Congressman Sires is the Chairman of the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee and serves on the Europe and Eurasia Subcommittee. He is focused on improving human rights and freedoms across the globe and building international partnerships to improve our nation's security. The Congressman serves on two Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittees- the Highways and Transit Subcommittee as well as the Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee. He is actively involved in reauthorizing the Surface Transportation bill, supporting increased transit and commuting options, safer streets, and more efficient goods movement. In an ongoing effort to shape livable, safe, and dynamic communities, Congressman Sires is a member of both the Democratic Caucus' Livable Communities Task Force and the Congressional Urban Caucus. He works with the other members of Congress in these groups to promote legislation that focuses on creating safe and more livable communities in which families have equal access to education, economic, housing and transportation opportunities. This term, the Congressman will focus his efforts on the economy, jobs, immigration, education, and affordable housing. Congressman Sires resides in West New York with his wife, Adrienne. His stepdaughter, Tara Kole, graduated from Harvard Law School, clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, and now works for a private law firm in Los Angeles.

Election / Personal Info

First Elected: 2006    Next Election: 2022
Spouse: Adrienne   DOB: 1/26/1951
Counties Representing
Bergen
Essex
Hudson
Union