Bob (Bob) Menendez (D)

US Senator Bob Menendez

Bob (Bob) Menendez (D)
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Capitol: 202.224.4744
FAX: 202.228.2197
District: 973.645.3030
Room 528 HSOB- Hart Senate Office Building 120 Constitution Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20510-3005
208 White Horse Pike
Barrington, NJ 08007-1322
Residence:North Bergen , NJ

Committee Assignments

ChairmanSenate Subcommittee on Securities, Insurance, and Investment
ChairmanSenate Democratic Hispanic Task Force (HTF)
FC MemberSenate Caucus on Missing, Exploited and Runaway Children
Co-ChairSenate Taiwan Caucus
Co-ChairStrengthening the Mid-Atlantic Region for Tomorrow Congressional Caucus [SMART Caucus]
FC MemberGlobal Internet Freedom Caucus
Co-ChairSenate National Security Working Group
FC MemberCongressional Cuba Democracy Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Former Mayors Caucus
FC MemberSenate Baltic Freedom Caucus
MemberSenate Committee on Foreign Relations
MemberSenate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Economic Policy
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation, and Community Development
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Taxation and IRS Oversight
FC MemberCongressional Hispanic Caucus
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Health Care
MemberSenate Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs, and Global Competitiveness
MemberSenate Committee on Finance
FC MemberCongressional Glaucoma Caucus
FC MemberSenate Defend Social Security Caucus
FC MemberSenate Caucus on WMD Terrorism (Weapons of Mass Destruction)
Co-ChairCongressional Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Friends of the Irish National Caucus
FC MemberSenate General Aviation Caucus
FC MemberSenate Afterschool Caucus
FC MemberSenate Diabetes Caucus
FC MemberSenate Bike Caucus
FC MemberNortheast-Midwest Senate Coalition
FC MemberSenate Military Family Caucus
FC MemberSenate Travel and Tourism Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Bicameral High-Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail Caucus
FC MemberSenate Impact Aid Coalition
FC MemberBrain Injury Task Force
FC MemberCongressional Italian American Caucus
FC MemberSenate Cultural Caucus
FC MemberSenate National Guard Caucus
FC MemberSenate India Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Recycling Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Ports Opportunity, Renewal, Trade, and Security [P.O.R.T.S.] Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer's Disease
FC MemberCoalition for Autism Research and Education (CARE)
FC MemberInternational Conservation Caucus (ICC)
FC MemberCongressional Fire Services Caucus


He grew up the son of Cuban immigrants in a tenement building in Union City and has risen to become one of 100 United States Senators. He is currently the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in the 118th Congress. He has earned a national reputation for his international leadership in the Senate, which pairs with his long-time reputation as a fighter for New Jersey families who puts their health care, economic security and education ahead of powerful special interests. In 1972, Bob graduated from Union Hill High School in Union City, New Jersey and credits his teacher Gail Harper for instilling in him the confidence to overcome his fear of public speaking. In 1974, Bob made his first foray into politics at age 19, fighting to level the playing field for students. He wins a seat on the Union City Board of Education. In 1976, with the help of federal financial aid, Bob becomes the first in his family to go to college and graduates from St. Peters University in New Jersey. He remains committed to making college affordable for all Americans to this day. In 1979, Bob graduated from Rutgers School of Law. His son, Robert, Jr. graduates from the same law school 32 years later. In 1986, Bob gets elected Mayor of Union City, New Jersey after taking on his powerful hometown mayor and a corrupt political establishment. In 1990, while serving in the New Jersey State Legislature, Bob authors and passes New Jersey's landmark Bias Crimes Law-among the first in the country to make crimes committed on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity or sexual orientation an aggravated offense with stiffer penalties-that served as a national model for state and federal anti-hate laws across the U.S. In 1992, Bob gets elected to the U.S. House of Representatives by the 13th District in New Jersey, where he becomes a powerful voice on issues such as immigration, national security, and the interests of working families. In 2006, after New Jersey's governor appointed him to the U.S. Senate for over nine months, the people of New Jersey elect Bob to represent them full-time. In 2010, Bob helped write and pass the historic Affordable Care Act, expanding coverage to nearly one million New Jersey residents and strengthening community health centers. In response to the 2008 financial crisis, he helps write and negotiate the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and plays an instrumental role in creating the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, an agency designed to serve as a cop on the beat to protect consumers. In 2013, Bob passed comprehensive immigration reform legislation through the Senate and convinces President Obama to create the DACA program. After forcing FEMA to reopen Superstorm Sandy claim reviews, he spearheads legislation to reform flood insurance policy, protect New Jerseyans from premium hikes, and refund homeowners who overpaid. In 2013, Bob is sworn in as Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the first Latino to lead the powerful committee. Bob also secures $185 million in funding for the Gateway Tunnel Project, which would replace New Jersey's century-old infrastructure with a new trans-Hudson rail tunnel and ensure New Jersey's long-term economic viability. In 2014, Bob authors the Autism CARES Act, which reforms federal autism programs, ensures they continue for 5 years, and creates new support systems for young adults transitioning out of school-based aid. In 2015, after fighting for its original passage in 2010, Bob leads the effort to renew the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. The bill extends the World Trade Center Health Program to 2090, and provides full compensation to survivors and first responders through the 9-11 Victim Compensation Fund. In 2016, Bob worked to convince the Obama Administration to permanently ban drilling in large swaths of the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of New Jersey. While the Trump Administration has tried to undo this progress, Bob led a coalition of bipartisan lawmakers and Governors together in stiff opposition to protect New Jersey's coastline. In 2017, despite numerous attempts to take health care away from 130 million Americans and end Medicaid as we know it, Bob helps stop Donald Trump and Congressional Republicans' disastrous health care repeal plan from becoming law. In 2018, after fighting back against the Trump Administration's budget cuts, voting against the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, and passing signature legislation like the Firefighter Cancer Registry Act, Bob is re-elected to his third full term in the U.S. Senate by the people of New Jersey. As Democratic leader of the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Bob becomes a leading voice in Washington conducting oversight of the Trump Administration's national security and foreign policy agenda. The Foreign Relations Committee perch allows Bob to serve as vigilant watchdog of our nation's diplomatic and security architecture and ensure that the Trump Administration respects the role of Congress in overseeing U.S. foreign policy. In 2019, Bob fights for New Jersey consumers and passes the TRACED Act-the most significant crackdown on illegal, unwanted robocalls since "Do Not Call." He also helps permanently extend the 9-11 Victim Compensation Fund and expand federal autism services to Americans with ASD throughout their lives with the Autism CARES Act of 2019.

Election / Personal Info

First Elected: 2006    Next Election: 2024
Spouse: Nadine Arslanian   DOB: 1/1/1954