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Cory Booker

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Twitter Followers: 4.5M

Running, 2020, Presidential Primary Election

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New Jersey U.S. Senate, Jr (2013 - Present)

2019


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Quick Facts
Personal Details

Cory Booker (Democratic Party) is a member of the U.S. Senate from New Jersey. He assumed office on October 31, 2013. His current term ends on January 3, 2021.

Booker (Democratic Party) is running for re-election to the U.S. Senate to represent New Jersey. He is on the ballot in the Democratic primary on July 7, 2020.

Booker also ran for election for President of the United States.

Booker announced that he was running for president of the United States on February 1, 2019. He suspended his presidential campaign on January 13, 2020.

Before being elected to the Senate, Booker served as the 36th mayor of Newark. He also served on the Newark City Council for the Central Ward.

In September 2017, he was rated the third most liberal senator based on his voting record, according to The New York Times.

Booker was born in 1969 in Washington, D.C., and grew up in Harrington Park, New Jersey. He attended Stanford University on a varsity football scholarship, receiving a B.A. in 1991 and an M.A. in 1992. Booker was a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford, where he earned a graduate degree in history in 1994. He then attended Yale Law School, graduating with a J.D. in 1997.

After completing his education, Booker moved into a public housing project in Newark, New Jersey, became a tenant organizer, and founded a nonprofit that provided legal assistance to low-income families. He was elected to the Newark City Council in 1998 and served there until 2002, when he ran unsuccessfully for mayor. The same year, he became a partner at Booker, Rabinowitz, Trenk, Lubetkin, Tully, DiPasquale & Webster. In 2006, Booker ran again for mayor of Newark and was elected with 72% of the vote. He served as mayor until 2013.

On October 16, 2013, Booker won a special election to the U.S. Senate after the death of Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D). Booker was re-elected to the U.S. Senate on November 4, 2014.

In 2016, Booker published a memoir titled United: Thoughts on Finding Common Ground and Advancing the Common Good.

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

  • 2013-Present: U.S. Senator from New Jersey
  • 2006-2013: Mayor of Newark, New Jersey
  • 1998-2002: Newark City Council
  • 1997: Graduated from Yale Law School with a J.D.
  • 1994: Graduated from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar
  • 1992: Graduated from Stanford University with an M.A.
  • 1991: Graduated from Stanford University with a B.A.

Possible 2016 SCOTUS nominee

Prior to President Barack Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland, Booker was mentioned as a possible nominee to replace former United States Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who passed away on February 13, 2016.

Education

  • JD, Yale Law School, 1995-1997
  • BA, Modern History, Oxford University, 1993-1994
  • MA, Sociology, Stanford University, 1988-1992
  • BA, Political Science, Stanford University, 1988-1991

Professional Experience

  • JD, Yale Law School, 1995-1997
  • BA, Modern History, Oxford University, 1993-1994
  • MA, Sociology, Stanford University, 1988-1992
  • BA, Political Science, Stanford University, 1988-1991
  • Staff Attorney, Urban Justice Center
  • Partner, Booker, Rabinowitz, Trenk, Lubetkin, Tully, DiPasquale & Webster Professional Corporation, 1992

Political Experience

  • JD, Yale Law School, 1995-1997
  • BA, Modern History, Oxford University, 1993-1994
  • MA, Sociology, Stanford University, 1988-1992
  • BA, Political Science, Stanford University, 1988-1991
  • Staff Attorney, Urban Justice Center
  • Partner, Booker, Rabinowitz, Trenk, Lubetkin, Tully, DiPasquale & Webster Professional Corporation, 1992
  • Senator, United States Senate, 2013-present
  • Candidate, President of the United States, 2020
  • Candidate, United States Senate, New Jersey, 2020
  • Mayor, Newark, New Jersey, 2006-2013
  • Member, Newark City Council, 1998-2002

Former Committees/Caucuses

Former Member, Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, United States Senate

Former Member, Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, United States Senate

Former Member, Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security, United States Senate

Former Member, Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet, United States Senate

Former Member, Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security, United States Senate

Former Member, Subcommittee on Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management, United States Senate

Former Member, Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water, and Wildlife, United States Senate

Former Member, Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard, United States Senate

Former Member, Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management, United States Senate

Former Member, Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness, United States Senate

Former Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security, United States Senate

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

Current Legislative Committees

Member, Environment and Public Works

Member, Foreign Relations

Member, Judiciary

Member, Small Business and Entrepreneurship

Member, Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy

Member, Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights

Member, Subcommittee on Border Security and Immigration

Member, Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety

Member, Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism

Member, Subcommittee on Multilateral International Development, Multilateral Institutions, and International Economic, Energy, and Environmental Policy

Ranking Member, Subcommittee on State Department and USAID Management, International Operations, and Bilateral International Development

Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Superfund, Waste Management, and Regulatory Oversight

Member, Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure

Religious, Civic, and other Memberships

  • JD, Yale Law School, 1995-1997
  • BA, Modern History, Oxford University, 1993-1994
  • MA, Sociology, Stanford University, 1988-1992
  • BA, Political Science, Stanford University, 1988-1991
  • Staff Attorney, Urban Justice Center
  • Partner, Booker, Rabinowitz, Trenk, Lubetkin, Tully, DiPasquale & Webster Professional Corporation, 1992
  • Senator, United States Senate, 2013-present
  • Candidate, President of the United States, 2020
  • Candidate, United States Senate, New Jersey, 2020
  • Mayor, Newark, New Jersey, 2006-2013
  • Member, Newark City Council, 1998-2002
  • Program Coordinator, Newark Youth Project

Other Info

— Awards:

  • Rhodes Scholar, Oxford University

  • Cary

Favorite Food:

Vegan

  • Carolyn

Elections

2020

U.S. Senate

Some 2020 election dates and procedures have changed as a result of the coronavirus. For the latest in your state, .
General election
General election for U.S. Senate New Jersey

The general election will occur on November 3, 2020. General election candidates will be added here following the primary.

Madelyn Hoffman (G)

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Daniel Burke (Independent)

Veronica Fernandez (Independent)

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Luis Vergara (Independent) (Write-in)

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

Incumbent Cory Booker and Lawrence Hamm are running in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate New Jersey on July 7, 2020.

Cory Booker (D)

Lawrence Hamm (D)

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

Eugene Anagnos, Tricia Flanagan, Rik Mehta, Natalie Rivera, and Hirsh Singh are running in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate New Jersey on July 7, 2020.

Eugene Anagnos (R)

Tricia Flanagan (R)

Rik Mehta (R)

Natalie Rivera (R)

Hirsh Singh (R)

Presidency

An election for president of the United States will be held on November 3, 2020. Booker announced that he was running for president on February 1, 2019. He suspended his presidential campaign on January 13, 2020.

2016

In August 2013, Booker ruled out a run on the ticket of the presidential campaign in 2016. When asked whether he would rule out running himself or being the vice presidential nominee, Booker answered, “Absolutely yes, unequivocally," adding that his focus was on winning the seat and serving six years, which is a full Senate term.

2014

Booker won re-election to the U.S. Senate in the 2014 election, representing New Jersey. He defeated Jeff Bell (R), Joe Baratelli (L), Jeff Boss (I), Antonio N. Sabas (I), Eugene Lavergne (Democratic-Republican) and Hank Schroeder (Economic Growth). Booker ran uncontested for the Democratic nomination in the primary on June 3, 2014. The general election took place on November 4, 2014.

U.S. Senate, New Jersey General Election, 2014

Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCory Booker Incumbent 55.8% 1,043,866
Republican Jeff Bell 42.3% 791,297
Libertarian Joe Baratelli 0.9% 16,721
Independent Jeff Boss 0.2% 4,513
Independent Antonio N. Sabas 0.2% 3,544
Democratic-Republican Eugene Lavergne 0.2% 3,890
Economic Growth Hank Schroeder 0.3% 5,704
Total Votes 1,869,535
Source: New Jersey Division of Elections

2013

Booker ran for U.S. Senate in the special election for the seat left vacant by the death of Frank Lautenberg (D). Booker defeated U.S. Representatives Rush D. Holt, Jr. and Frank Pallone and Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver for the Democratic party nomination in the primary election on August 13, 2013. He defeated Steve Lonegan (R) and independent candidates Robert Depasquale, Eugene Martin Lavergne, Stuart David Meissner, Pablo Olivera, Antonio N. Sabas and Edward Stackhouse, Jr. in the general election on October 16, 2013. He was sworn into office on October 31, 2013.

U.S. Senate, New Jersey Special General Election, 2013

Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCory Booker 54.9% 740,742
Republican Steve Lonegan 44% 593,684
Independent Edward C. Stackhouse 0.4% 5,138
Independent Robert DePasquale 0.2% 3,137
Independent Stuart Meissner 0.2% 2,051
Independent Pablo Olivera 0.1% 1,530
Independent Antonio N. Sabas 0.1% 1,336
Independent Eugene LaVergne 0.1% 1,041
Total Votes 1,348,659
Source: Official results via New Jersey Division of Elections

U.S. Senate, New Jersey Special Democratic Primary, 2013

Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCory Booker 59.2% 216,936
Frank Pallone 19.8% 72,584
Rush Holt 16.8% 61,463
Sheila Oliver 4.3% 15,656
Total Votes 366,639
Source: Official Election Results from New Jersey Division of Elections
Policy Positions

2020

Abortion

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. Do you support expanding federal funding to support entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare?
- Yes

Education

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

Energy & Environment

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

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

Guns

Do you generally support gun-control legislation?
- Yes

Health Care

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

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

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

National Security

1. Should the United States use military force to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a weapon of mass destruction (for example: nuclear, biological, chemical)?
- Unknown Position

2. Do you support reducing military intervention in Middle East conflicts?
- Yes

Trade

Do you generally support removing barriers to international trade (for example: tariffs, quotas, etc.)?
- Unknown Position

Defense

Do you support increasing defense spending?
- Yes

Endorsements
Vice President Joe Biden's planned visit to New Jersey on October 11, 2013, to help campaign for Booker, was canceled due the government shutdown.
Articles

Letter to Joseph V. Cuffari, Inspector of Department of Homeland Security - California Congressional Members Lead Request for Investigation of Death at Detention Facility and ICE Measures During COVID Crisis

May 28, 2020

Dear Inspector General Cuffari: We write to ask for a thorough investigation into the recent death of a detained person at OtayMesa Detention Center (Otay Mesa) due to COVID-19. We request that your investigationinclude an assessment of the sufficiency of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's(ICE's) preparedness for a COVID-19 outbreak, including any measures to prevent its spreadamong the detained population and ensure the testing, treatment, and care of persons detained at Otay Mesa during this pandemic. Since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak in the UnitedStates, Members of Congress have requested information from the Department of HomelandSecurity (DHS) and ICE to understand how the Department manages the risk of COVID-19outbreaks in detention centers, and we have yet to receive sufficient answers. Based on the scantinformation that DHS and ICE have made available and public reports, ICE has takeninsufficient measures to protect individuals in its custody and staff working in detentionfacilities. As of today, 1,327 detained persons have tested positive for COVID-19 out of 2,620 individualswho have been tested,although this may be an undercount of the number of infections sinceICE has not implemented widespread testing of all detained persons. According to ICE, it hasreleased at least 900 medically vulnerable individuals since March. The Otay Mesa DetentionCenter has suffered the most significant coronavirus outbreak among ICE detention facilities; atleast 217 total detained persons have tested positive, including 158 in ICE custody. ICE hasstated that the agency will consider releasing more detained persons based on medical conditionsand public safety considerations. On May 6, Carlos Escobar-Mejia died at Paradise Valley Hospital in National City, CA aftercontracting COVID-19 in the Otay Mesa Detention Center. He was held in ICE custody fornearly four months and was identified as medically vulnerable after he was hospitalized.Advocacy organizations have described the following dangerous conditions at Otay Mesa: * cells are populated by up to eight people at once with bunk beds fewer than six feetapart;* when a detained person has tested positive, ICE has "cohorted" dozens of people whowere in the same housing unit as that person, which means they were locked uptogether for two weeks in close proximity despite public health guidancerecommending physical distancing to prevent the spread of infection;* detained persons share sinks, toilets, telephones, and showers, with no disinfectantcleaner available for after use;* soap runs out frequently and refills are inconsistent, forcing detained persons whocannot afford to buy soap to go without it;* mealtime is communal, with detained persons lined up in close proximity to receivetheir meals, compelling them to choose between eating at overcrowded tables or intheir cells, close to other detained persons and toilets; and* detained persons have reported insufficient medical services and potential retaliationagainst individuals who report concerns regarding the same. Additionally, a group of 43 individuals currently detained at Otay Mesa describe serious medicalneglect by staff at Otay Mesa.5 We urge you to investigate and assess conditions at Otay Mesa,including the sufficiency of policies, protocols, and practices governing decision-making aboutsocial distancing, hygiene, and personal protective equipment by both ICE and third-partycontractors operating at the facility. We also urge you to identify the actual availability oftesting, care, and treatment for detained persons; and the availability of testing for all staff atOtay Mesa, including individuals employed by third-party contractors. Your robust and thorough investigation is imperative to preventing COVID-19-related illnessand death in ICE custody. In addition to seeking records from ICE and interviewing staff at OtayMesa, this investigation should include interviews with legal service providers and detainedpersons (with adequate precautions to prevent retaliation and ensure anonymity). Thank you for your time and attention to this matter. We respectfully request a response as soonas possible.

Letter to the Hon. Betsy DeVos, Secretary of Education - Students Whose Financial Aid Eligibility is Impacted by COVID-19 Pandemic

May 27, 2020

Dear Secretary DeVos: We write to urge you to help ensure that students whose financial circumstances have changed asa result of the COVID-19 emergency receive the federal financial aid for which they nowqualify. We appreciate the U.S. Department of Education's ("Department") effort to provideguidance regarding the financial aid disruptions resulting from this pandemic. Unfortunately,with the national unemployment rate at 14.7 percent and with fewer students applying for federalfinancial aid than last year, it is critical that the Department take additional steps to ensure thatshifts in financial circumstances receive due consideration and that students have the informationthey need to continue to pursue postsecondary educational opportunities. We are concerned that the current financial situation of students who recently filed, or are in theprocess of filing, their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) may not be accuratelyreflected. Students and families who have recently become unemployed or suffered a significantdrop in income may fail to qualify for the support they need to afford college. To that end, webelieve the Department plays an integral role in ensuring that students and financial aidadministrators have the information and resources necessary to respond to the unique challengesthat this global pandemic has created and exacerbated. While colleges currently have tools attheir disposal to recalculate financial aid eligibility resulting from a loss of income, it is vitallyimportant to make students and families aware of these options. Financial aid administrators should have the support, guidance, and flexibility of the Departmentto fairly and efficiently execute "Professional Judgment," their authority under the HigherEducation Act to recalculate financial aid eligibility when a student's expected familycontribution has abruptly changed. We request that the Department reissue guidance similar toGEN-09-05 regarding Professional Judgment to clarify that income earned from work performedby recently unemployed students should be treated as zero. Additionally, due to theunemployment insurance (UI) application backlogs experienced by many states, the guidancedocument in question should include accommodations and documentation requirementflexibilities with respect to individuals who have applied for UI benefits but not yet receivedthem. The Department should consider, for instance, allowing for unemployment verificationthrough electronic confirmation of application for, or receipt of, UI benefits. Furthermore, the Department should provide resources for state unemployment agencies toensure that UI applicants know that federal financial aid and means-tested benefits are availableto support them during this difficult time. The guidance should encourage aid administrators toproactively reach out to students on the availability of Professional Judgment if their own, ortheir family's income has changed significantly. In order to encourage such practices amongadministrators, the Department should publicly announce the adjustment of the selection processfor Program Reviews for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 award years. Additionally, to assist students and families during this time, we ask the Department to makeimportant changes to the FAFSA website and FAFSA itself. As you know, the FAFSA collectstax data from two years prior and does not account for recent financial changes. We recommendmaking a few key changes to provide an additional opportunity for applicants to note recentchanges to their income. To begin to help address this, the Department should highlight on thehomepage of FAFSA/FAFSA App that there is an existing "dislocated worker question" on theFAFSA, and that those who have lost a job, those who have been laid off, and those who arereceiving UI benefits should mark off the box for that question. That said, we understand that the "dislocated worker question" may not capture those who werenot laid off but still experienced a substantial income reduction, nor will it necessarily accountfor self-employed individuals who reduced their own pay to keep their businesses afloat. Withthat in mind, we request that the Department add a temporary question to the FAFSA for the2020-2021 award year and the 2021-2022 award year that asks, "Was your income significantlyreduced due to the COVID-19 emergency?" Aligned with this change, the Department shouldalso update pages of the FAFSA website and the myFAFSA mobile application with guidancefor students and families to follow up with a student aid administrator at the institution thestudent plans to attend in order to provide information about income changes. At a time when students and their families across the country face economic uncertainty, theDepartment and institutions of higher education must do everything they can to ensure thatstudents do not fail to matriculate or stop-out of their programs of study because they are unableto access the resources needed to do so. We appreciate your attention to this important matter.

Events

2020

Jan. 9
Conversation with Cory in North Liberty

Thur 12:00 PM – 1:45 PM CST

520 W Cherry St, North Liberty, IA 52317-9797, United States

Jan. 9
Meet and Greet with Cory in Mount Vernon

Thur 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM CST

221 1st St E, Mt Vernon, IA 52314-1424, United States

Jan. 4
Conversation with Cory in Allendale

Sat 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM EST

Allendale County Democratic Party, 220 Georgia Ave, Allendale, SC 29810-2842, United States