Bill (Bill) J. Pascrell, Jr. (D-USH09)
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Room 2409 RHOB- Rayburn House Office Building 50 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20515-3009

Residence: Paterson, NJ
Elected: 1996    Next Election: 2020
Spouse: Elsie Marie Botto   DOB: 1/25/1937
Committee Assignments
Co-ChairThe Law Enforcement Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Brain Injury Task Force
Co-ChairTextile Caucus
FC MemberDelaware River Basin Task Force
ChairmanCongressional Italian American Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional History Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Home Protection Caucus
FC MemberHouse Reading Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Fire Services Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Trade
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Social Security
FC MemberStrengthening the Mid-Atlantic Region for Tomorrow Congressional Caucus [SMART Caucus]
FC MemberCongressional Horse Caucus
FC MemberCongressional HUBZone Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Sri Lanka and Sri Lankan Americans
FC MemberCongressional Afghan Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Former Mayors Caucus
FC MemberRevitalizing Older Cities Congressional Task Force
FC MemberCongressional Real Estate Caucus
FC MemberIntelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Caucus
FC MemberLyme Disease Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Central and Eastern Europe
FC MemberCongressional Bangladesh Caucus
FC MemberAd Hoc Congressional Committee on Irish Affairs
FC MemberCongressional Pro-Sports Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Macedonia and Macedonian-Americans
MemberHouse Committee on Ways and Means
FC MemberCongressional Gaming and Entertaining Caucus
FC MemberWater Caucus
FC MemberHurricane Irene Coalition
FC MemberCongressional Prevention Caucus
FC MemberNortheast-Midwest Congressional Coalition (NEMW)
FC MemberCongressional Pakistan Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Medical Technology Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Ukraine Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Olympic and Paralympic Caucus
FC MemberAmerican Sikh Congressional Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Biotechnology Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional School Health and Safety Caucus
FC MemberInternational Workers Rights Caucus
FC MemberHouse Impact Aid Coalition
FC MemberArthritis Caucus
FC MemberHouse Baltic Caucus
FC MemberHouse Cancer Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Hellenic-Israel Alliance
FC MemberCongressional Task Force on Seniors
FC MemberSudan and South Sudan Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Glaucoma Caucus
FC MemberHouse Congressional Academic Medicine Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Zoo and Aquarium Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Army Caucus
FC MemberCongressional JOBS NOW! Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Community Health Center Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Friends of the National Park Service Centennial
FC MemberCongressional Missing, Exploited and Runaway Children's Caucus
FC MemberHouse Manufacturing Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Vision Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Wildlife Refuge Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Anti-Bullying Caucus
FC MemberPublic Broadcasting Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Humanities Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Dyslexia Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Rare and Neglected Diseases Caucus
FC MemberCongressional HIV/AIDS Caucus
FC MemberU.S.-Japan Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on U.S.-Turkish Relations and Turkish Americans
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues
FC MemberCongressional Childhood Cancer Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Wine Caucus
FC MemberHouse General Aviation Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus (ATR)
FC MemberCongressional Coalition on Adoption
FC MemberCommunity College Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Armenian Issues
FC MemberCongressional Nursing Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Historic Preservation Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Heart and Stroke Coalition
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans
FC MemberCongressional Caucus for Competitiveness in Entertainment Technology (E-Tech Caucus)
FC MemberUSO Congressional Caucus
FC MemberTom Lantos Human Rights Commission
FC MemberRenewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus
FC MemberBicameral Congressional Caucus on Parkinson's Disease
FC MemberCongressional Bike Caucus
FC MemberCoalition for Autism Research and Education (CARE)
FC MemberCongressional Animal Protection Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Cystic Fibrosis Caucus
FC MemberHouse Small Brewers Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Arts Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer's Disease
FC MemberExpand Social Security Caucus (House)
FC MemberCongressional Diabetes Caucus
Counties Representing
Bergen / Hudson / Passaic


A native son of Paterson, N.J., Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. has built a life of public service upon the principles he learned while growing up on the south side of the Silk City. He credits his parents and his Italian-immigrant grandparents with instilling in him the value of being a "bridge builder". Bill was first elected Congressman in 1996. Bill is now serving his tenth term. Since 2007, Bill has served on the exclusive House Ways and Means Committee. In 2011, Bill was appointed by his colleagues to the additional assignment of serving on the pivotal House Budget Committee. Bill has been a champion for the middle class by supporting policies that help facilitate job creation, distribute the tax burden equitably and make quality health care affordable for all Americans.

As of 2017, Bill is also the Ranking Member on the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade. Earlier in his congressional tenure, Bill served on the House Committee on Small Business, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and was an original member of the House Committee on Homeland Security.

From his first days in Congress, Bill has enthusiastically championed the designation of Paterson's Great Falls as unit of the National Park System. As the co-chair and founder of the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force, Bill has raised the nation's awareness of the dangers of traumatic brain injury (TBI). He continues to fight for TRICARE insurance coverage to pay for cognitive rehabilitation therapy. On Sept. 30, 2010, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed Bill's Concussion Treatment and Care Tools (ConTACT) Act. The legislation calls for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to develop guidelines and protocols for the management and treatment of sports-related concussions for the benefit of the nation's student-athletes.

Bill is a nationally recognized leader in Congress on the issue of fire safety, having proudly authored the F.I.R.E. (Firefighter Investment and Response Enhancement) Act, which became law in 2001. The law established the only federal program that delivers grant dollars directly to fire departments. The program, now titled the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program, is administered by the Department of Homeland Security. Now, the nation's 32,000 career, volunteer and combination fire departments can apply for federal grants to purchase the equipment, training, and vehicles needed to serve their communities. The AFG program also funds Fire Prevention and Safety Grants, for fire awareness and prevention activities, as well as fire safety-related research. Bill also conceived of the SAFER (Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response) grant program which provides federal support for staffing of local fire departments.

Recently, Bill was named Outstanding Legislator of the Year by the Department of New Jersey Jewish War Veterans as well as the New Jersey Veterans of Foreign Wars. As an ardent fighter on behalf of our military heroes, Bill secured a new Passaic County VA Outpatient Clinic at St. Joseph's Hospital in Paterson. The community based facility is the first of its kind in the Eighth Congressional District and serves the more than 30,000 veterans that reside in the area. Specifically, the clinic is part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) New Jersey Health Care System. The Congressman lobbied hard for the clinic, arguing that too often, VA hospitals and clinics such as those in Hackensack and East Orange, are overcrowded and unable to handle the volume of veterans needing care.

Bill also serves as co-chair of the Italian-American Congressional Delegation. In addition to serving as a legislative branch liaison to the Republic of Italy, Bill's role ensures there is a strong voice to promote Italian-American history and culture in Congress.

As a child, Bill attended St. George's Elementary School in Paterson and graduated in 1955 from St. John the Baptist High School, where he was elected Student Council President. After earning a bachelor's degree in journalism and a master's degree in philosophy from Fordham University in the Bronx, N.Y., Bill worked as both a high school history teacher and an adjunct professor. He also served as president of the Paterson Board of Education and as a member of Passaic County Community College's Board of Trustees.

Bill served his country in the U.S. Army and the U.S. Army Reserve and received an honorable discharge in 1967.

Bill's political life began in 1987 when he was elected to the New Jersey General Assembly, where he eventually became Minority Leader Pro Tempore. In 1990, Bill was elected mayor of Paterson, New Jersey's third largest city. Bill's efforts, both as a Mayor and Assemblyman, were recognized in 1996 as he was named New Jersey's "Mayor of the Year" by his fellow Mayors, and "Legislator of the Year" by the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce.

Through the years, Bill has been widely recognized for his service and leadership by organizations including the N.J. Chamber of Commerce, Department of New Jersey Jewish War Veterans, the New Jersey Veterans of Foreign Wars, the New Jersey State Policemen's Benevolent Association, the New Jersey State Fireman's Mutual Benevolent Association, the Brain Injury Association of America and Ceasefire New Jersey. He has also received honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from William Paterson University (1999) and Bloomfield College (2010).

Bill is married to the former Elsie Marie Botto and they have three children, William III, Glenn Martin, and David Joseph. They are also the proud grandparents of William IV, Christopher, and Megan Margaret.

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