Steve Rothman

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Steve Rothman
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U.S. House, New Jersey, District 9
Retired Representative
In office
January 3, 1997-January 3, 2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 5, 1996
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Bergen County Surrogate Court Judge
Mayor of Englewood, New Jersey
Bachelor'sSyracuse University
J.D.Washington University in St. Louis
BirthdayOctober 14, 1952
Place of birthEnglewood, New Jersey
Net worth$2,946,019
Office website
Campaign website
Steven R. "Steve" Rothman (b. October 14, 1952) was a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from New Jersey. Rothman was first elected by voters from New Jersey's 9th Congressional District in 1997. Rothman's district was eliminated in New Jersey's redistricting in 2012, and he lost in the primary to Bill Pascrell in the newly redrawn 9th District.[1]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Rothman was a "rank-and-file Democrat."[2]


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Rothman was born in Englewood, New Jersey. He earned a B.A. from Syracuse University in 1974, and a J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis in 1977.[3]


From 1978-1993, Rothman practiced as a private attorney, outside of his stints as mayor of Englewood, New Jersey from 1983-1989, and at the Bergen County Surrogate Court from 1993-1996.[4]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Rothman serves on the following committees:[5]


Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Rothman voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of 172 Democrats who voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[6]



See also: New Jersey's 9th Congressional District elections, 2012

Rothman ran for re-election in 2012.[7] Because of New Jersey's redistricting, Rothman faced fellow Democratic representative Bill Pascrell in the June 5 primary. Pascrell currently represents New Jersey's 8th District, but redistricting redrew Pascrell's territory as the new 9th District. The new 9th also includes some of Rothman's territory.[8] Pascrell defeated Rothman in the Democratic primary.[1][9]

New Jersey's 9th Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBill Pascrell Incumbent 61.2% 31,435
Steve Rothman Incumbent 38.8% 19,947
Total Votes 51,382

Pascrell v. Rothman

Due to redistricting, Rothman faced fellow Democratic incumbent Bill Pascrell for the newly redrawn 9th District in 2012. The one-time friends faced off in the June 5 primary. Politico rated it one of the five ugliest member vs. member battles[10] and the North Jersey Record labeled it one of the most competitive primaries of 2012.[8]


The 8th District was eliminated as a result of redistricting in New Jersey following the 2010 census results. Rothman's territory was split into the new 9th District, which is Pascrell's new district, and Republican Scott Garrett's 5th. Rather than face Garrett in the Republican-leaning new 5th District, Rothman chose to challenge his Democratic colleague Pascrell. Pascrell resented this move, saying Rothman was "running from fights with the radical right."[11]

Ideological similarities

According to Roll Call, there is little policy or ideological difference between Rothman and Pascrell, and so voters were left decide the primary based largely on personality and location. The newly drawn 9th District encompasses a variety of demographics, and, the Roll Call article states, Pascrell is strong in the working class Passaic County, while Rothman is more at home in the white-collar Bergen County. The 9th also includes Hudson County, which may go either way.[12]

TV ads

Rothman came under criticism for a TV ad his campaign ran against Pascrell. The New Jersey Star-Ledger editorial board wrote that Rothman made "cheap shots" against Pascrell, and said a fact-check showed the ad's claims were false.[13]

February 23, 2012

On February 23, 2012, Rothman and Pascrell met for their first debate.[14]


In early 2012, a group of New Jersey synagogues encouraged their members to vote for Rothman in the primary, citing his pro-Israel stance. This prompted American Arab Forum President Aref Assaf to write an Op-Ed against what he described as putting another country above the U.S. in voting decisions. Rothman responded that he does put America first, and Pascrell distanced himself from Assaf's comments.[15]


On November 2, 2010, Rothman was re-elected to the United States House for an eighth term. He defeated Michael A. Agosta (R) and Patricia Alessandrini (Green).[16]

United States House, New Jersey General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Rothman Incumbent 60.7% 83,564
     Republican Michael A. Agosta 37.8% 52,082
     Green Patricia Alessandrini 1.4% 1,980
Total Votes 137,626



President Barack Obama has met with Rothman, which has been viewed as implicit support, although he has not officially endorsed either candidate in the race.[17]

Campaign donors


Breakdown of the source of Rothman's campaign funds before the 2010 election.
Rothman was re-elected to the U.S. House in 2010 for an eighth term. His campaign committee raised a total of $1,085,315 and spent $1,279,072.[18]
U.S. House, New Jersey, 2010 - Steve Rothman Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,085,315
Total Spent $1,279,072
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $193,590
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $192,895
Top contributors to Steve Rothman's campaign committee
Englewood Hospital & Medical Center$20,100
Inserra Supermarkets$16,100
American Assn for Justice$10,000
American Crystal Sugar$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Lawyers/Law Firms$98,900
Health Professionals$81,950
Real Estate$43,100
Pharmaceuticals/Health Products$42,250


Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Rothman paid his congressional staff a total of $1,068,773 in 2011. Overall, New Jersey ranks 42nd in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[19]

Staff bonuses

According to an analysis by CNN, Rothman is one of nearly 25% of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. Rothman's staff was given an apparent $12,800.00 in bonus money.[20]

Net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Heller's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $1,676,039 to $4,216,000. That averages to $2,946,019, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic House members in 2011 of $5,107,874.[21]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Rothman's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $1,920,058 to $5,051,000. Averaging to a net worth of $3,485,529 which was lower than the average net worth of Democrats in 2010 of $4,465,875.[22]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings


Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Rothman tied with two other members of the U.S. House of Representatives, ranking 68th in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. House.[23]


Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Rothman ranked 129th in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. House.[24]

Voting with party

November 2011

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Steve Rothman has voted with the Democratic Party 92.9% of the time, which ranked 88th among the 192 House Democratic members as of December 2011.[25]


Steve is a proud father of two children, John and Karen Rothman.[26]

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 WYNC "Live! NJ Election Results," June 5, 2012
  2. GovTrack, "Rothman" accessed May 25, 2012
  3. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "ROTHMAN, Steven, (1952 - )"
  4. Representative Steve Rothman, Proudly Serving Bergen, Hudson, and Passaic Counties, "Representative Steven Rothman "
  5. Representative Steve Rothman, Proudly Serving Bergen, Hudson, and Passaic Counties, "Representative Steven Rothman "
  6. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  7. Examiner, "Another Democratic primary matchup to watch," January 13, 2012
  8. 8.0 8.1 North, "Harrison: New Jersey's competitive primaries," April 22, 2012
  9. New Jersey Secretary of State "2012 Primary Results"
  10. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named politico
  11. Politico, "Congress 2012: The 5 ugliest member vs. member battles" accessed April 18, 2012
  12. Roll Call, "N.J. 9th District race pits county vs. county," May 7, 2012
  13. New Jersey Star-Ledger, "With cheap shots at Pascrell, Rothman tarnishes his own integrity," May 14, 2012
  14. Two New Jersey incumbents thrown together by redistricting hold debate
  15. PolitickerNJ "Politics in Pascrell v. Rothman spills into religion," February 24, 2012
  16. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  17. Huffington Post, "Steve Rothman Meets With Obama, But POTUS Doesn't Endorse Him," June 1, 2012
  18. Open Secrets, "Steven R. Rothman 2010 Election Data," accessed December 1, 2011
  19. LegiStorm, "Steven R. Rothman," accessed October 2, 2012
  20. CNN Politics, "Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts," accessed March 8, 2013
  21. OpenSecrets, "Steven R. Rothman (D-NJ), 2011," accessed February 14, 2014
  22. OpenSecrets, "Steven R. Rothman (D-NJ), 2010," accessed October 2, 2012
  23. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," accessed March 6, 2013
  24. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  25. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
  26. Representative Steve Rothman, Proudly Serving Bergen, Hudson, and Passaic Counties, "Representative Steven Rothman "
Political offices
Preceded by
Robert Torricelli
U.S. House of Representatives - New Jersey District 9
Succeeded by
Bill Pascrell (D)
Preceded by
Bergen County Surrogate Court Judge
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Mayor of Englewood, New Jersey
Succeeded by