Josh (Josh) Gottheimer (D-05)

US Representative Josh Gottheimer

Josh (Josh) Gottheimer (D-05)
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Capitol: 202.225.4465
FAX: 202.225.9048
District: 201.389.1100
Room 203 CHOB- Cannon House Office Building 25 Independence Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20515-3005
21 Church Street
Vernon Township, NJ 07462
Residence:Wyckoff, NJ

Committee Assignments

Co-ChairProblem Solvers Caucus (No Labels)
Co-ChairCongressional Franchise Caucus
Co-ChairState and Local Tax (SALT) Caucus
MemberHouse Task Force on Financial Technology
FC MemberWhite Oak Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on National Security, International Development and Monetary Policy
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Transportation and Maritime Security
FC MemberCongressional Dietary Supplement Caucus
FC MemberDairy Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Intelligence and Counterterrorism
FC MemberCongressional Celiac Disease Caucus
FC MemberAmerica's Languages Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Blockchain Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Direct Selling Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Investor Protection, Entrepreneurship and Capital Markets
FC MemberAuto Care Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Gaming and Entertaining Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Automotive Performance and Motorsports Caucus
FC MemberBlue Dog Coalition
FC MemberCongressional Artificial Intelligence (AI) Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Down Syndrome Caucus
FC MemberClimate Solutions Caucus (House)
FC MemberCongressional #FutureForum Caucus
MemberHouse Committee on Financial Services
MemberHouse Committee on Homeland Security
FC MemberCongressional Caucus to End the Youth Vaping Epidemic
FC MemberCongressional Career and Technical Education Caucus (CTE)
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Armenian Issues
FC MemberCongressional Humanities Caucus
FC MemberCoalition for Autism Research and Education (CARE)
FC MemberCongressional Fire Services Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Rare Disease Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Wine Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Arts Caucus
FC MemberExpand Social Security Caucus (House)
FC MemberNew Democrat Coalition (NDC)
FC MemberCongressional Animal Protection Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Coalition on Adoption
FC MemberCongressional Labor Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Diabetes Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBTQ+) Equality Caucus


Josh Gottheimer represents New Jersey's Fifth Congressional District in the northernmost part of the state, which includes parts of Bergen, Passaic, Sussex, and Warren counties. He was first sworn in on January 3, 2017, and is now in his third term in office. In Congress, Gottheimer serves on two Committees, including the House Financial Services Committee, where he is the Vice Chair of the National Security, International Development, and Monetary Policy Subcommittee and a member of the Investor Protection, Entrepreneurship, and Capital Markets Subcommittee. Josh also serves on the House Homeland Security Committee, where he is a member of the Intelligence and Counterterrorism Subcommittee and the Transportation and Maritime Security Subcommittee. In January 2017, Josh was elected Co-Chair of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus, where he works to bring the group of 29 Democrats and 29 Republicans together across party lines to find areas of agreement on key issues including lowering taxes, cutting health insurance premiums, and improving infrastructure to help the American people. He was re-elected Co-Chair of the Problem Solvers Caucus in January 2021. Josh is committed to lowering taxes and getting Fifth District residents a better return on the tax dollars they already send to Washington. In 2020 alone, by working with Fifth District mayors, councils, first responders, and towns, Josh helped the Fifth District claw back $415 from Washington for every household in the Fifth District - a 112% increase from what the District has historically received. These dollars help first responders protect our communities while offsetting the strain on local budgets and property tax bills. During the COVID-19 crisis, Josh has been laser focused on fighting for families, hospitals, small business, frontline workers, and communities to help get the Fifth District the resources it needs. Beyond the pandemic, Josh is continuing to work hard to ensure North Jersey families are safe and healthy. Since 2017, Josh has worked with stakeholders and leaders on every level to ensure that Fifth District students and communities have access to lead-free clean drinking water, especially in schools. In 2019, Josh was critical in implementing the State of New Jersey's new online database that provides parents and communities with easy-to-access and up-to-date information on dangerous lead water in their children's schools. Josh is continuing to protect the environment by fighting the illicit dumping of waste and toxic materials, including working closely with local leaders to combat the Vernon Dirt Pile and illegal dumpers. Gottheimer has also been dedicated to combating antisemitism, strengthening the historic U.S.-Israel relationship, and securing passage of bipartisan language reaffirming the Obama-Biden Administration's ten year U.S.-Israel Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). Josh was raised in North Caldwell, the son of a preschool teacher and a small business owner. Growing up, Josh worked in his father's store and, like your average New Jersey kid, treasured summer vacations at the Jersey Shore. His first concert was at the Meadowlands to see the one and only Bruce Springsteen! Josh graduated from West Essex High School before attending the University of Pennsylvania, later becoming a Thouron Fellow at Oxford, and then paid his way through Harvard Law School. After finishing college, Josh went on to work in the Clinton White House as one of the youngest presidential speechwriters in history. Josh wrote speeches on topics ranging from the global economy to technology and innovation to combating crime; he also helped draft two State of the Union Addresses. After leaving the White House, Josh worked at the Ford Motor Company, where he helped rebuild the iconic auto company's image and worked on the first American hybrid. Josh was also a Senior Advisor to the Chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and published the book "Ripples of Hope- Great American Civil Rights Speeches." Josh later served as Senior Counselor to the Chairman at the Federal Communications Commission. During his tenure, he was the first Director of Office of Public-Private Initiatives, partnering with private companies to break through roadblocks and solve national problems. These partnerships saved taxpayers money while helping law enforcement, boosting digital education, and creating jobs. Josh worked on cybersecurity, broadband adoption, combating cell phone theft, creating a new public safety emergency alert system, and expanding wireless spectrum. Josh used that experience to help create a nonprofit, JerseyOn, that has expanded access to high-speed internet for low-income New Jersey students to help them compete in the 21st Century economy. Before running for Congress, Josh worked at Microsoft as General Manager for Corporate Strategy, where he focused on the company's expansion into the cloud, e-commerce, and privacy. He was also a member of both the Ridgewood and New Jersey Chambers of Commerce, the Rutgers Business School Advisory Board, and was a visiting fellow at Princeton University's Center for Information Technology. He also taught history at the University of Pennsylvania. Josh's approach to public service is rooted in his experience in both the public and private sectors. During his time working with President Clinton, Dr. Mary Frances Berry, Senator Frank Lautenberg, and Speaker Thomas Foley, he saw that, by seeking common ground, it's possible to find a bipartisan path forward without compromising your core values. Josh firmly believes that it doesn't matter if an idea comes from the Democratic or Republican side of the aisle, only whether it will help the communities and people of the Fifth District. Josh now lives in Wyckoff, New Jersey with Marla, his wife who was a federal prosecutor, and their two young children, Ellie and Ben.

Election / Personal Info

First Elected: 2016    Next Election: 2022
Spouse: Marla Brooke Tusk   DOB: 3/8/1975
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