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Cory Anthony Booker is a member of the United States Senate, representing New Jersey. He was first elected to the Senate in 2013 when he won a special election to replace Sen. Frank Lautenberg. He won re-election in 2014 to a full term.

Booker announced that he was running for president of the United States on February 1, 2019. "The history of our nation is defined by collective action; by interwoven destinies of slaves and abolitionists; of those born here and those who chose America as home; of those who took up arms to defend our country, and those who linked arms to challenge and change it. I'm Cory Booker and I'm running for president of the United States of America," he said in a video announcing his candidacy.

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.




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.


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.


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


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



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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Do you support increasing defense spending?
- Yes

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.

Booker's Rhetoric Soared, But His Campaign Sagged

Jan. 13

If you want to go fast, Cory Booker was fond of saying, go alone. If you want to go far, he would continue, go together. When it came to his 2020 presidential aspirations, he did neither. Once considered a top prospect for the Democratic nomination, the senator from New Jersey ended his campaign on Monday. He didn’t even make it to Iowa. "It is with a full heart that I share this news — I’ve made the decision to suspend my campaign for president,” Booker wrote his supporters just weeks before voters officially kick off the election season. "Nearly one year ago, I got in the race for president because I believed to my core that the answer to the common pain Americans are feeling right now, the answer to Donald Trump’s hatred and division, is to reignite our spirit of common purpose to take on our biggest challenges and build a more just and fair country for everyone," he continued. Booker still believes in that message, he said, but his team no longer has the “money to scale up and continue building a campaign that can win.” Now out of the race, the former Newark mayor will return full time to the Senate where he manned the ramparts for the Resistance against President Trump and sparked national interest in a potential challenge to him. It was in the Senate Judiciary Committee that Booker compared himself to a Thracian gladiator who led a revolt against the Roman Empire. During the third day of confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, the senator said he was breaking the rules by releasing confidential emails from the nominee’s time in the George W. Bush administration. However, the documents were already public. With a national audience watching in real-time, Booker still made a show of challenging his Republican counterparts in the committee. “This is about the closest I'll probably ever have in my life to an ‘I am Spartacus’ moment," Booker said as Democrats on the panel voiced their support. But the documents proved not to be consequential and Kavanaugh was eventually confirmed. In the end, critics such as Republican Sen. Marco Rubio and  sitting Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas mocked the New Jersey lawmaker for trying to “look cute.” The historical Spartacus, depicted by actor Kirk Douglas in the 1960 film by that name, was crucified. On the campaign trail, the candidate offered a softer side. “Hope is the act of conviction that despair can never have the last word,” he told a packed ballroom the day that Kavanaugh was confirmed. A chartered jet had ferried Booker from Washington to Iowa for the state Democratic Party’s fall gala, and he assured the crowd that “we are not defined in this state by Republicans in power; we’re defined by how we respond to them.” Crowds would become increasingly difficult for the candidate to draw after he declared his White House intentions. Booker never broke into the top tier, and on the day of his exit the RealClearPolitics average shows his polling in the basement. Nationally, Booker stood at 1.8% support. In Iowa, just 3%. His campaign may be a story of a conventional candidate incapable of breaking out in an unconventional field. The senator had an inspiring biography coupled with the kind of soaring rhetoric that inspired voters and, on occasion, brought some to tears. He also had real legislative accomplishments, including the bipartisan criminal justice reform he helped shepherd through the Senate and onto President Trump’s desk. But Booker was eclipsed by the likes of Andrew Yang, an entrepreneur from Silicon Valley without any governing experience. He was also surpassed by Pete Buttigieg, the now-former mayor of South Bend, Ind., who has never won a statewide race. Both remain in the 2020 contest, and Buttigieg will appear on stage at the last Democratic debate before the Iowa caucuses. Booker did not qualify. With his exit, the field is less diverse; former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick remains as the only black candidate. Six contenders hit polling and donor thresholds required to appear at Tuesday’s debate and compete for the favor of a party that cherishes diversity. All of them are white. While several of Booker’s colleagues will continue to split their time between Iowa and Capitol Hill, he can focus his energy entirely on the impeachment trial of the president. He is expected to return to form in tormenting Trump. He will also have to prepare for his own reelection. Though Booker recently surpassed his fourth-quarter fundraising goal, the funds were not sufficient to continue his presidential bid. His deputy campaign manager, Jenna Lowenstein, encouraged supporters to donate to his Senate campaign. “Cory Booker's right back in it, running for the U.S. Senate,” she wrote on Twitter shortly after her boss called it quits. “We f***ing need him there.”Source:

Norcross, Booker, Hayes Introduce Legislation to Support Childcare for Student-Parents

Dec. 20

U.S. Congressman Donald Norcross (NJ-01) this week joined Congresswoman Jahana Hayes (CT-05) and Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) to introduce H.R. 5475, the Preparing and Resourcing Our Student Parents and Early Childhood Teachers (PROSPECT) Act. This important legislation would invest heavily in federal grants supporting childcare for student-parents at community colleges and Minority Serving Institutions (MSI's). There are over 4 million college students in the United States who are raising children while attending school. Although the number of student parents has been on the rise, the share of community colleges and four-year institutions with campus child care has been in decline. In New Jersey, 46 percent of all residents live in a child care desert, according to the Center for American Progress. The PROSPECT Act would help New Jersey students enrolled in community colleges fight costly barriers to degree completion and make sure more young people have the tools they need to learn and succeed. "Today, many student-parents are forced to choose work over their education because they cannot afford child care," said Congressman Norcross, a member of the House Committee on Education and Labor. "Access to quality, affordable child care for college students impacts the strength of our economy and the diversity of our workforce. The PROSPECT Act will help provide student-parents with a level playing field. South Jersey is a leader in higher education, and this legislation will ensure that parents, their children and educators are afforded the resources and opportunities they need to succeed." "I was a student-parent while I pursued my bachelor's, master's, and graduate degrees. I know first hand the struggles of being a young parent, while trying to study and earn a degree," said Congresswoman Hayes, a member of the House Committee on Education and Labor. "The PROSPECT Act would provide student-parents with much-needed assistance, which removes one more barrier to success. I thank Senator Booker and Congressman Norcross for joining me in this effort to support student-parents." "Today's college students are faced with realities that are very different than the idyllic assumptions we have of them," said Senator Booker. "Millions are raising kids and have enrolled in college to improve their life circumstances for their children, but too many are forced to drop out because quality child care is unavailable or unaffordable, leaving them without a degree and saddled with student debt. This legislation will address this crisis by investing in campus child care and infant-toddler educator preparation programs, making our college campuses better equipped to help today's students succeed." The PROSPECT Act is endorsed by the following organizations: American Federation of Teachers (AFT), CLASP, Education Reform Now -- Advocacy, Generation Hope, Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), National Black Child Development Institute, National Women's Law Center (NWLC), Public Advocacy for Kids, UNCF, UnidosUS and Zero to Three. "Representative Jahana Hayes' bill addresses two essential family needs - the cost of child care, and the need to meet the appetite children have to learn and thrive," said Randi Weingarten, President of American Federation of Teachers. "Children are always learning, particularly in the months and first few years of life, which means finding ways to help nurture this learning will help the children who receive that. At the same time child care costs pose an undue burden for working parents that immediately hamstring kids whose parents work to earn a living. Child care for infants and toddlers costs parents roughly 60 percent more than child care for a 3- or 4-year-old. Finding and affording child care is even harder for parents who are in college themselves. Rep. Hayes' Preparing and Resourcing Our Student Parents and Early Childhood Teachers Act takes bold steps to address the reality that in today's economy, most parents are working parents, and many are also in school. It will make infant and toddler child care more affordable and accessible on college campuses, enabling student parents to finish their degrees and access a better a better life for their families. By funding high-quality child care programs with well prepared and compensated early childhood educators, this bill helps parents and educators address take care of themselves, and their families." "In 1999, I started as a full time freshman and teen mother at the College of William & Mary, struggling to find childcare for my three-month-old daughter while adapting to the new world of college and the academic rigor of a prestigious school," said Nicole Lynn Lewis, Founder and CEO of Generation Hope. "I founded Generation Hope in 2010 to ensure young, parenting college students have all of the supports that I lacked, and the PROSPECT Act builds upon this work in an innovative way by providing childcare and opportunities for students across the country who are working incredibly hard to become college graduates." "Every student deserves a fair chance at completing a college degree and pursuing their American Dream," said Dr. Michael L. Lomax, President and CEO of UNCF. "This is something that HBCUs know all too well given their unique mission and continued efforts to ensure that our neediest of students are not ignored. The PROSPECT Act builds on the invaluable approach lead by HBCUs to make sure students with children are also taken care of and able to achieve their dreams. UNCF is proud to support such common-sense legislation and urges Congress to act swiftly and pass the PROSPECT Act." "Latinos are enrolling in college in record numbers. But support services are needed to help them finish on time, such as expanded access to quality early childhood education for student-parents," said Eric Rodriguez, Senior Vice President of Policy and Advocacy at UnidosUS. "The PROSPECT Act will lift up entire families by expanding child care at college campuses, helping with college completion and providing young children a strong start in early education and life."



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

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