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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.


Mar. 20, 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

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