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Quick Facts
Personal Details

Bob Menendez (Democratic Party) is a member of the U.S. Senate from New Jersey. He assumed office on January 18, 2006. His current term ends on January 3, 2025.

Menendez (Democratic Party) ran for re-election to the U.S. Senate to represent New Jersey. He won in the general election on November 6, 2018.

He most recently won re-election in 2018.

In 2013, Menendez was a member of the bipartisan Gang of Eight immigration reform group. He and seven other senators wrote the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act. The bill proposed providing a path to citizenship for individuals residing in the country without legal permission, border security measures, improving the employment verification system, and improving work visa options, among other things. The bill passed the Senate but was never voted on by the House.

Prior to his election to the U.S. Senate in 2006, Menendez served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1993 to 2006. He also served in the New Jersey State Senate, representing District 33 from 1991 to 1993, and the New Jersey General Assembly, representing District 33 from 1988 to 1991. He was also the mayor of Union City from 1987 to 1991.

Menendez was born in New York City to Cuban immigrants, but his family later moved to New Jersey, where he graduated from Union Hill High School in Union City. He earned a B.A. from Saint Peter's College in Jersey City and earned his Juris Doctor degree from Rutgers School of Law in Newark.

Below is an abbreviated outline of Menendez's academic, professional, and political career:

  • 2006-Present: U.S. Senator from New Jersey
  • 1993-2006: U.S. House of Representatives
  • 1991-1993: New Jersey State Senate
  • 1987-1991: New Jersey State General Assembly
  • 1986-1992: Union City, New Jersey mayor
  • 1974-1978: Union City, New Jersey Board of Education

Caucuses/Former Committees

Former Member, Ad Hoc Congressional Committee for Irish Affairs

Former Member, Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy & Water Development, United States Senate

Former Member, Baltic Caucus

Former Member, Bipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer's Disease

Former Member, Congressional Andean Region Caucus

Former Member, Congressional Arts Caucus

Former Member, Congressional Autism Caucus

Former Member, Congressional Bike Caucus

Former Member, Congressional Biotechnology Caucus

Former Member, Congressional Brain Injury Task Force

Former Member, Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues

Former Member, Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues

Former Member, Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans

Former Member, Congressional Caucus on Sri Lanka and Sri Lankan Americans

Former Member, Congressional Children's Environmental Health Caucus

Former Member, Congressional Children's Working Group

Former Member, Congressional Disability Caucus

Former Member, Congressional Fire Services Caucus

Former Member, Congressional Hispanic Caucus

Former Member, Congressional Human Rights Caucus

Former Member, Congressional Narcotics Abuse and Control Caucus

Former Member, Congressional Strengthening the Mid-Atlantic Region for Tomorrow Caucus

Former Member, Congressional Task Force on Education

Former Member, Congressional Task Force on Homeland Security

Former Member, Congressional TRIO Caucus

Former Member, Congressional Urban Caucus

Former Member, Congressional Vision Caucus

Former Member, Defense Study Group

Former Vice-Chair, Democratic Caucus

Former Member, Energy, Natural Resources, and Infrastructure Subcommittee, United States Senate

Former Chair, House Democratic Caucus

Former Chair, House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee

Former Member, House Oceans Caucus

Former Member, House Portuguese American Caucus

Former Member, New Jersey State Employment and Training Commission

Former Co-Chair, Senate Hispanic Task Force

Former Member, Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protections, United States Senate

Former Member, Subcommittee on Near East, South Asia, Central Asia, and Counterterrorism, United States Senate

Former Member, Subcommittee on State Department and USAID Management, International Operations, and Bilateral International Development, United States Senate

Former Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women's Issues, United States Senate

Education

  • JD, Rutgers University School of Law, 1979
  • BA, Saint Peter's College, 1976

Professional Experience

  • JD, Rutgers University School of Law, 1979
  • BA, Saint Peter's College, 1976
  • Former Employee, Union City, New Jersey Mayor's Office

Political Experience

  • JD, Rutgers University School of Law, 1979
  • BA, Saint Peter's College, 1976
  • Former Employee, Union City, New Jersey Mayor's Office
  • Senator, United States Senate, 2006-present
  • Candidate, United States Senate, New Jersey, 2018
  • Representative, United States House of Representatives, District 13, 1993-2006
  • Senator, New Jersey State Senate, 1990-1992
  • Mayor, Union City, 1986-1992
  • Representative, New Jersey House of Representatives, 1988-1990

Former Committees/Caucuses

Former Member, Ad Hoc Congressional Committee for Irish Affairs

Former Member, Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy & Water Development, United States Senate

Former Member, Baltic Caucus

Former Member, Bipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer's Disease

Former Member, Congressional Andean Region Caucus

Former Member, Congressional Arts Caucus

Former Member, Congressional Autism Caucus

Former Member, Congressional Bike Caucus

Former Member, Congressional Biotechnology Caucus

Former Member, Congressional Brain Injury Task Force

Former Member, Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues

Former Member, Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues

Former Member, Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans

Former Member, Congressional Caucus on Sri Lanka and Sri Lankan Americans

Former Member, Congressional Children's Environmental Health Caucus

Former Member, Congressional Children's Working Group

Former Member, Congressional Disability Caucus

Former Member, Congressional Fire Services Caucus

Former Member, Congressional Hispanic Caucus

Former Member, Congressional Human Rights Caucus

Former Member, Congressional Narcotics Abuse and Control Caucus

Former Member, Congressional Strengthening the Mid-Atlantic Region for Tomorrow Caucus

Former Member, Congressional Task Force on Education

Former Member, Congressional Task Force on Homeland Security

Former Member, Congressional TRIO Caucus

Former Member, Congressional Urban Caucus

Former Member, Congressional Vision Caucus

Former Member, Defense Study Group

Former Vice-Chair, Democratic Caucus

Former Member, Energy, Natural Resources, and Infrastructure Subcommittee, United States Senate

Former Chair, House Democratic Caucus

Former Chair, House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee

Former Member, House Oceans Caucus

Former Member, House Portuguese American Caucus

Former Member, New Jersey State Employment and Training Commission

Former Co-Chair, Senate Hispanic Task Force

Former Member, Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protections, United States Senate

Former Member, Subcommittee on Near East, South Asia, Central Asia, and Counterterrorism, United States Senate

Former Member, Subcommittee on State Department and USAID Management, International Operations, and Bilateral International Development, United States Senate

Former Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women's Issues, United States Senate

Current Legislative Committees

Member, Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs

Member, Committee on Finance

Chair, Committee on Foreign Relations

Member, Subcommittee on Economic Policy

Member, Subcommittee on Health Care

Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation, and Community Development

Member, Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs, and Global Competitiveness

Member, Subcommittee on Securities, Insurance, and Investment

Member, Subcommittee on Taxation and IRS Oversight

Religious, Civic, and other Memberships

  • JD, Rutgers University School of Law, 1979
  • BA, Saint Peter's College, 1976
  • Former Employee, Union City, New Jersey Mayor's Office
  • Senator, United States Senate, 2006-present
  • Candidate, United States Senate, New Jersey, 2018
  • Representative, United States House of Representatives, District 13, 1993-2006
  • Senator, New Jersey State Senate, 1990-1992
  • Mayor, Union City, 1986-1992
  • Representative, New Jersey House of Representatives, 1988-1990
  • Former President, Alliance Civic Association
  • Co-Founder, Alliance Civic Association
  • Former Chair, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
  • Former Member, Impact Aid Coalition
  • Former Member, New Jersey Hispanic Elected Officials Organization
  • Former Chair, New Jersey Hispanic Leadership Program
  • Former Member, New Jersey Mayors Coalition
  • Chief Financial Officer, Union City Board of Education, 1978-1982
  • Member, Union City Board of Education, 1974-1978

Other Info

Astrological Sign:

Capricorn

— Awards:

  • "Profiles in Courage" and "Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus."

"Modern Family," "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer," and "The Rachel Maddow Show."

Favorite Book:

Profiles in Courage

Favorite Musician:

Bruce Springsteen, Shakira, and Andrea Bocelli.

Favorite Quote:

"Some men see things the way they are and ask, Why? I dream things that never were and ask, Why not?" - George Bernard Shaw

Hobbies or Special Talents:

Bowling, photography, tennis, golf and travel.

Policy Positions

2021

Abortion

1. Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
- Pro-choice

Budget

1. In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
- Yes

2. In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending?
- Yes

Campaign Finance

Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
- Yes

Economy

1. Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
- Yes

2. Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
- No

Education

1. Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?
- Yes

Energy & Environment

1. Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)?
- Yes

2. Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
- Yes

Guns

Do you generally support gun-control legislation?
- Yes

Health Care

Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
- No

Immigration

1. Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border?
- No

2. Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
- No

Marijuana

Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes?
- Yes

National Security

1. Should the United States use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a nuclear weapon?
- Unknown Position

2. Do you support increased American intervention in Middle Eastern conflicts beyond air support?
- Unknown Position

Congressional Election 1998 National Political Awareness Test

Abortion

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion.

1. Abortions should always be legally available.
- No Answer

2. Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
- No Answer

3. Abortions should be legal only when the pregnancy resulted from incest, rape, or when the life of the woman is endangered.
- No Answer

4. Abortions should be legal only when the life of the woman is endangered.
- No Answer

5. Abortions should always be illegal.
- No Answer

6. Abortions should be limited by waiting periods and notification requirements as decided by each state government.
- No Answer

7. Prohibit the late-term abortion procedure known as "partial-birth" abortion.
- No Answer

8. Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
- No Answer

9. Other
- X

Budget and Spending

Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number (level) only.2) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following defense-related categories. Select one number (level) only.4) Indicate how you would apply the expected federal budget surplus.

1. AIDS programs
- Greatly Increase

2. Arts funding
- Maintain Status

3. Education (K-12)
- Greatly Increase

4. Environmental programs
- Maintain Status

5. Foreign aid
- Maintain Status

6. Housing projects
- Maintain Status

7. Job training programs
- Maintain Status

8. Law enforcement
- Maintain Status

9. Medicaid
- Maintain Status

10. Medicare
- No Answer

11. NASA
- Slightly Decrease

12. Student loan programs
- Maintain Status

13. Welfare
- Maintain Status

14. Other
- No Answer

15. Armed Forces personnel training
- Maintain Status

16. CIA appropriations
- Maintain Status

17. Defense plant conversion
- Slightly Increase

18. Development of new weapons
- Maintain Status

19. Military hardware
- Maintain Status

20. Military space shuttle missions
- Eliminate

21. National Missile Defense Program
- Greatly Decrease

22. Pay for active duty personnel
- Greatly Increase

23. Do you support amending the U.S. Constitution to require an annual balanced federal budget?
- No

Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number (level) only.2) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following defense-related categories. Select one number (level) only.4) Indicate how you would apply the expected federal budget surplus.

1. Social Security
- X

2. Tax cuts
- No Answer

3. Federal debt reduction
- No Answer

Campaign Finance Reform

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance reform.

1. Remove all legislative limits on campaign financing.
- No Answer

2. Establish spending limits on congressional campaigns.
- No Answer

3. Provide public funding for federal candidates who comply with campaign spending limits.
- X

4. Support legislation that would increase the federal limits on individual contributions.
- No Answer

5. Strengthen and enforce legislation that encourages full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information.
- X

6. Prohibit Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to candidates for federal office.
- No Answer

7. Provide free or low-cost television advertising to candidates who agree to voluntary campaign spending limits.
- X

8. Ban the unregulated campaign contributions known as soft money.
- X

9. Pass legislation banning issue advocacy commercials by outside groups within 60 days of an election.
- X

10. Prohibit non-U.S. citizens from making contributions to federal campaigns.
- No Answer

11. Other
- No Answer

Crime

Indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime.

1. Broaden use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
- No Answer

2. Increase spending to build more federal prisons.
- No Answer

3. Impose "truth in sentencing" for violent criminals so they serve full sentences with no chance of parole.
- X

4. Fund programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
- No Answer

5. Expand funding for community policing programs.
- X

6. Increase penalties for the possession of any illegal firearms.
- X

7. Prosecute youths accused of a felony as adults.
- No Answer

8. Increase funding for local Boys & Girls Clubs and other independent organizations in communities with at-risk youth.
- X

9. Reduce prison sentences for those who commit non-violent crimes.
- No Answer

10. Deport all permanent resident aliens convicted of a felony.
- No Answer

11. Other
- No Answer

Drugs

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning illegal drugs.

1. Increase penalties for selling illegal drugs.
- X

2. Impose mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
- X

3. Impose capital punishment for convicted international drug traffickers.
- X

4. Strengthen current laws dealing with non-controlled substances, including inhalants and commercially available pills.
- No Answer

5. Increase funding of federally-sponsored drug education and drug treatment programs.
- X

6. Decriminalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
- No Answer

7. Increase funding for border security to stop the flow of illegal drugs into the U.S.
- X

8. Other
- No Answer

Economy and Employment

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the economy and employment.2) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding affirmative action and discrimination.

1. Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment.
- X

2. Increase funding for national job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
- X

3. Reduce government regulations on the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
- X

4. Establish empowerment zones in areas with large numbers of unemployed people.
- X

5. Eliminate any federal programs designed to reduce unemployment.
- No Answer

6. Increase the minimum wage.
- X

7. Pass legislation that encourages employers to offer their employees the options of flex-time scheduling, comp-time and unpaid leave to attend to their family responsibilities.
- X

8. Provide tax credits for businesses that provide on-site child care.
- X

9. The federal government should consider race and sex in making government contracting decisions.
- No Answer

10. The federal government should continue affirmative action programs only if such programs do not include quotas.
- X

11. The federal government should discontinue affirmative action programs.
- No Answer

12. The federal government should prosecute cases of discrimination in the public sector.
- X

13. The federal government should prosecute cases of discrimination in the private sector.
- X

14. The federal government should include sexual orientation in its anti-discrimination laws.
- X

15. Other
- No Answer

Education

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning education.

1. Support national standards and testing in reading and math.
- No Answer

2. Allow parents to use vouchers to send their children to any publicly funded school.
- No Answer

3. Allow parents to use vouchers to send their children to any participating school: public, private or religious.
- No Answer

4. Allow parents to use tax-free savings accounts to send their children to any publicly funded school.
- No Answer

5. Allow parents to use tax-free savings accounts to send their children to any participating school: public, private or religious.
- No Answer

6. Support creation of more charter schools where teachers and professionals receive authorization and funding to establish new schools.
- X

7. Give all federal education funding to states in the form of block grants and allow them to spend it as they see fit.
- No Answer

8. Support voluntary teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.
- No Answer

9. Increase funding for block grants to states to help them hire additional teachers.
- No Answer

10. Other
- X

11. Do you support amending the U.S. Constitution to guarantee the right to religious expression and voluntary prayer in public places, including schools?
- Undecided

Environment

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding America's environment and natural resources.

1. Require the state to fully compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses on privately owned land.
- No Answer

2. Strengthen the Clean Water Act.
- X

3. Change the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to limit the number of habitats eligible to be designated as endangered.
- No Answer

4. Increase fees charged to ranchers who graze cattle on federal lands.
- X

5. Revise the 1872 mining law to increase the fees charged to mining companies using federal lands.
- X

6. Encourage development of alternative fuels to reduce pollution.
- X

7. Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks.
- No Answer

8. Increase federal taxes on gasoline and diesel fuels to promote conservation and alternative fuel development.
- No Answer

9. Promote the selling of pollution credits between nations to encourage industries to decrease pollution levels.
- X

10. Impose stricter national air quality standards.
- No Answer

11. Adhere to the United Nations treaty regarding global climate change.
- No Answer

12. Strengthen the restrictions on clear-cutting on federal lands.
- X

13. Other
- No Answer

Federalism

Indicate which level of government that should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only.

1. Border security
- Federal

2. Civil rights enforcement
- Federal

3. Education
- State

4. Environmental cleanup
- Federal

5. Job training
- Federal

6. Law enforcement
- Local

7. Low-income housing
- Federal

8. Medicaid
- Federal

9. Medicare
- Federal

10. Transportation infrastructure (highways, roads, bridges)
- Federal

11. Welfare
- State

12. Other
- No Answer

Foreign Policy

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Bosnia/former Yugoslavia.2) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the Middle East.3) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the United States-United Nations relationship.

1. The U.S. should lift the arms embargo against Bosnia-Herzegovina.
- No Answer

2. The U.S. should maintain a military presence in Bosnia-Herzegovina with a certain deadline for withdrawal.
- No Answer

3. The U.S. should maintain a military presence in Bosnia-Herzegovina without a certain deadline for withdrawal.
- No Answer

4. Other
- No Answer

5. The U.S. should resolve future disputes with Iraq through diplomatic means.
- No Answer

6. The U.S. should take unilateral military action if Iraq does not comply with all accepted UN resolutions.
- No Answer

7. The U.S. should take military action against Iraq only as part of an international effort.
- No Answer

8. The U.S. should not continue to play a prominent leadership role in the peace process between Israel and Palestine.
- No Answer

9. The U.S. should contribute more funding and troops to United Nations peacekeeping missions.
- No Answer

10. The U.S. should contribute less funding and troops to United Nations peacekeeping missions.
- No Answer

11. The U.S. should participate in UN peacekeeping missions only when vital U.S. interests are involved.
- X

12. The U.S. should not commit military troops to UN peacekeeping missions.
- No Answer

13. The U.S. should withdraw from the UN completely.
- No Answer

14. The U.S. should pay its debt to the United Nations.
- X

15. Should the U.S. have diplomatic and trade relations with Cuba?
- No

16. Should the U.S. recognize and extend full diplomatic relations to Taiwan?
- Yes

Gun

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.

1. Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons.
- No Answer

2. Increase federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
- No Answer

3. Maintain federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
- X

4. Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
- No Answer

5. Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms by law-abiding citizens.
- No Answer

6. Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms.
- No Answer

7. Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks with firearms.
- X

8. Other
- No Answer

Health

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues in America.

1. The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care.
- No Answer

2. Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income.
- No Answer

3. Implement a government-financed, single-payer national health care system similar to that of Canada.
- No Answer

4. Support health care strategies focused on prevention, including health education and natural medicines and remedies.
- No Answer

5. Support legislation to define and enforce the rights of insured patients, including greater access to specialists and emergency rooms, wider choice of health care providers, and appeal mechanisms when claims are denied.
- X

6. Allow small business owners, the self-employed and workers whose employers do not provide health insurance to have the same deductibility for health costs as corporations and large employers.
- X

7. Expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts, which would be taxed if used for any purpose other than medical costs.
- No Answer

8. Establish limits on the amount of damages awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
- No Answer

9. Allow states and local communities to use federal funds for needle-exchange programs to combat the spread of HIV.
- No Answer

10. Classify nicotine as a drug and cigarettes as drug delivery devices, which should be regulated by the Federal Food and Drug Administration.
- No Answer

11. Provide citizens age 55-65 the option of purchasing Medicare health coverage.
- X

12. Other
- No Answer

Immigration

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration.

1. Decrease the number of immigrants allowed into the country.
- No Answer

2. Increase the eligibility of legal immigrants for certain social programs (i.e. HUD housing, food stamps).
- No Answer

3. Require the Immigration and Naturalization Service to reduce to six months the time between applying for citizenship and taking the oath of allegiance.
- X

4. Provide extra federal aid to states with higher numbers of immigrants for necessary medical and social services.
- No Answer

5. Prohibit states from passing laws that deny human services (medical care, education) to illegal immigrants or their children.
- No Answer

6. Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive U.S. citizenship.
- No Answer

7. Increase the immigration quota for computer scientists and other information technology workers.
- No Answer

8. Establish English as the official and recognized language of the United States government.
- No Answer

9. Other
- No Answer

Social Security

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Social Security.

1. Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage.
- No Answer

2. Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which are managed by the government.
- No Answer

3. Invest Social Security's assets collectively in stocks and bonds instead of U.S. Treasury securities.
- No Answer

4. Increase the payroll tax to finance the program in its current form.
- No Answer

5. Invest a portion of the budget surplus into the Social Security trust fund.
- X

6. Increase the minimum age that determines when retirees are able to receive full Social Security benefits.
- No Answer

7. Lower Social Security's annual cost-of-living increases.
- No Answer

8. Limit Social Security benefits based on recipients' other income and assets.
- No Answer

9. Require individuals to pay the Social Security tax on income above $68,400, which is currently exempt.
- No Answer

10. Other
- X

Taxes

Indicate the levels you support concerning taxes in the following categories. Select one number (level) only.Income Taxes:Other Tax Issues:

1. Retiree income over $40,000
- Maintain Status

2. Family income less than $25,000
- Greatly Decrease

3. Family income $25-75,000
- Slightly Decrease

4. Family income $75-150,000
- Maintain Status

5. Family income over $150,000
- Maintain Status

6. Alcohol Taxes
- Maintain Status

7. Capital Gains Taxes
- Maintain Status

8. Charitable deductions
- Maintain Status

9. Child tax credit
- Slightly Increase

10. Cigarette Taxes
- Slightly Increase

11. Corporate income taxes
- Maintain Status

12. Earned Income Tax Credit
- Greatly Increase

13. Estate taxes
- Maintain Status

14. Medical expense deductions
- Maintain Status

15. Mortgage deductions
- Maintain Status

16. Do you support replacing the U.S. income tax structure with a flat income tax?
- Undecided

17. Do you support eliminating the Internal Revenue Service?
- No

18. Do you support instituting a national sales tax?
- No

19. Should a married couple filing jointly pay the same taxes as if they were an unmarried couple filing separately?
- Yes

20. Do you support requiring a super-majority vote in both houses of Congress to raise taxes?
- No

21. Other
- No Answer

Indicate the levels you support concerning taxes in the following categories. Select one number (level) only.Income Taxes:Other Tax Issues:

1. Marriage penalty -- Eliminate
- Tax loopholes -- Eliminate

Term Limits

If you support term limits, how many terms should each serve?

1. Do you support amending the Constitution to limit the number of terms which members of Congress can serve?
- No

2. Senator (# of 6 yr. terms)
- No Answer

3. Representatives (# of 2 yr. terms)
- No Answer

Trade

1. Do you support the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?
- No

2. Do you support broadening NAFTA to include other countries in the western hemisphere?
- Undecided

3. Do you support the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)?
- Yes

4. Do you support the World Trade Organization (WTO)?
- Yes

5. Do you support imposing tariffs on products imported from nations that maintain restrictive trade barriers on American products?
- Yes

6. Should a nation's human rights record affect its "most favored nation" trading status with the United States?
- Yes

7. Do you support granting the President "fast-track" authority?
- Undecided

Welfare and Poverty

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding poverty and the welfare system.

1. Provide tax incentives for companies to hire and train homeless people who want to work.
- No Answer

2. Increase funding of homeless shelters and low income housing projects.
- No Answer

3. Increase funds for housing assistance for welfare recipients who need housing to get or keep a job.
- No Answer

4. Provide homeless families with apartment vouchers they can use to supplement the cost of an apartment.
- No Answer

5. Continue to give states and local governments responsibility for welfare programs through block grants.
- No Answer

6. Eliminate federal funds for welfare programs at the federal, state or local levels.
- No Answer

7. Maintain current welfare-to-work requirements in order for states to qualify for block grants.
- No Answer

8. Convert government-funded low-income housing projects into private housing, managed and owned by the residents.
- No Answer

9. Require that unwed teenage mothers live with a parent or guardian (if possible) and attend school to receive benefits.
- No Answer

10. Other
- X

Congress Bills
Elections

2018

General election
General election for U.S. Senate New Jersey

The following candidates ran in the general election for U.S. Senate New Jersey on November 6, 2018.

Bob Menendez (D)
54.0%
1,711,654 Votes

Bob Hugin (R)
42.8%
1,357,355 Votes

Madelyn Hoffman (G)
0.8%
25,150 Votes

Murray Sabrin (L)
0.7%
21,212 Votes

Natalie Rivera (For the People Party)
0.6%
19,897 Votes

Tricia Flanagan (New Day NJ Party)
0.5%
16,101 Votes

Kevin Kimple (Make it Simple Party)
0.3%
9,087 Votes

Hank Schroeder (Economic Growth Party)
0.3%
8,854 Votes

Total votes: 3,169,310
(100.00% precincts reporting)

Democratic primary election
Democratic primary for U.S. Senate New Jersey

Incumbent Bob Menendez defeated Lisa McCormick in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate New Jersey on June 5, 2018.

Bob Menendez
62.3%
262,477 Votes

Lisa McCormick
37.7%
158,998 Votes

Total votes: 421,475

Republican primary election
Republican primary for U.S. Senate New Jersey

Bob Hugin defeated Brian Goldberg in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate New Jersey on June 5, 2018.

Bob Hugin
75.1%
168,052 Votes

Brian Goldberg
24.9%
55,624 Votes

Total votes: 223,676

Withdrawn or disqualified candidates

  • Dana Wefer (R)
  • Michael Starr Hopkins (D)
  • Muhammad Usman (Independent)
  • Jerry Watson (R)
  • Jeff Bell (R)
  • Antonio Sabas (R)


2012

Menendez won re-election in 2012. He was unopposed in the June 5 Democratic primary and defeated Joe Kyrillos (R) and Jeff Boss (I) in the November general election.

U.S. Senate, New Jersey, General Election, 2012

Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Menendez Incumbent 58.9% 1,987,680
Republican Joe Kyrillos 39.4% 1,329,534
Libertarian Kenneth R. Kaplan 0.5% 16,803
Green Ken Wolski 0.5% 15,801
Jersey Strong Independents Gwen Diakos 0.3% 9,359
Totally Independent Candidate J. David Dranikoff 0.1% 3,834
America First Inder "Andy" Soni 0.1% 3,593
Responsibility Fairness Integrity Robert "Turk" Turkavage 0.1% 3,532
Socialist Party USA Gregory Pason 0.1% 2,249
No Slogan Eugene Martin Lavergne 0.1% 2,198
Reform Nation Daryl Mikell Brooks 0.1% 2,066
Total Votes 3,376,649
Source: New Jersey Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history


Speeches
Articles

Newsweek - Do Black Lives Matter? Americans Can't Avoid Answering this Simple Question Any Longer | Opinion

Jun. 10, 2020

By Bob Menendez George Floyd's senseless and tragic killing at the hands of police was just the latest in a long line of racial injustices against black Americans. It has galvanized millions across the nation to stand up and peacefully march in protest against systemic racism, inequality and injustice that has plagued our country since its founding, and that communities of color continue to endure today. Americans are reeling in agony, anger, and frustration. Their pain is real. Their demands for systemic change in our criminal justice system and an end to racial inequality in our society are just. And who can blame them? These same communities that have suffered systemic racial, social, and economic indignity are also being disproportionally impacted by the other crisis gripping our nation: the COVID-19 pandemic. If you're black or brown in this country, you're more likely to have a different life experience, one in which the color of your skin, or your zip-code, determines your access to health care, education, jobs and much more. In the context of the pandemic, black and brown Americans are more likely to have lost their job or businesses. And black and brown Americans are more likely to get sick or die. Those facts are undeniable. And they are alarming. A recent Johns Hopkins University and American Community Survey analysis of data collected by State Health Departments revealed that counties with a majority black population have three times the rate of infections and almost six times the rate of deaths as counties with a majority white population. In states like Iowa, Washington and Florida, infection rates among Hispanics are reportedly two or three times the size of their overall Hispanic populations. In my home state of New Jersey, where racial and ethnic data on COVID-19 cases are being collected, Hispanics and African Americans account for 30.3 percent and 17.2 percent of positive COVID-19 cases respectively, despite comprising 20.6 percent and 15 percent of the State's population. The coronavirus doesn't care if you're white, black or green. It's a microscopic parasite with no agenda and no purpose other than to stay alive by reproducing indiscriminately among its hosts -- no matter who they are. But America is far from colorblind. Our nation's long, dark history of racial and economic injustice cannot be ignored as we endeavor to understand why COVID-19 has hit some communities harder. Let's be clear, if you're black or brown living in America, it's harder to see a doctor if you get sick, and you are more likely to live in communities scarred by legacies of neglect and pollution, faced with higher asthma rates and underlying health conditions that make you more vulnerable to COVID-19. When health care becomes a luxury you can't afford -- as is the case for many struggling African American and Latino families -- chronic diseases like diabetes, hypertension, or asthma can go undiagnosed or unchecked for years. And sadly, any of those pre-existing conditions can turn COVID-19 into a death sentence. Likewise, black and brown Americans experience an entire system stacked against them. But when these inequalities, disparities and injustices are exposed, they are routinely only met by words and little action. The pandemic has shined a spotlight on the persistent and systemic racial injustice in our society, a spotlight that is only further elucidated by the death of Mr. Floyd. And if this pandemic has taught us anything, it is that we are all interconnected--that the health of my neighbor, coworker or stranger impacts my health. This a transformative moment for us to turn American anguish into action that changes the course of events for generations to come and honors both Mr. Floyd and the people of color who have disproportionately died from COVID-19. We must confront these racial inequities. We must answer the call for community policing and criminal justice reforms that include providing federal funding to expand local police training, developing a national standard for excessive force and creating a national registry for police misconduct. But we also must address the social, economic, environmental and health care disparities disadvantaging black and brown Americans once and for all. It is our shared responsibility to ensure everyone can access the medical and financial relief they need to recover from this devastating pandemic. We must work harder and smarter to help those who historically have been left behind. I stand with the millions peacefully protesting across the country to end the racial disparities in our society. The time for talk is over; it's time for Congress to act.

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Events

2020

Jun. 28
[POSTPONED] 10th Annual Women's History Month Celebration

Sun 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT

Wilkins Theatre Union Township, NJ

Apr. 8
Mar. 23
[POSTPONED] Women-Owned Small Business Resource Fair

Mon 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM EDT

Seton Hall University South Orange, NJ