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*1995- 2007: Mayor of West New York, [[New Jersey]]
*1995-2007: Mayor of West New York, [[New Jersey]]
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*2001-2007: [[New Jersey General Assembly]]

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Albio Sires
Albio Sires.jpg
U.S. House, New Jersey, District 8
In office
January 2007-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 8
PredecessorBill Pascrell (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$5.05 in 2012
First electedNovember 7, 2006
Next primaryJune 3, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$4,216,627
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
New Jersey General Assembly
Mayor of West New York, New Jersey
1995- 2007
Bachelor'sSt. Peter’s College
Master'sMiddlebury College
BirthdayJanuary 26, 1951
Place of birthBejucal, Cuba
ProfessionTeacher, Business Executive
Net worth$180,502.50
ReligionRoman Catholic
Office website
Albio Sires (b. January 26, 1951, in Bejucal, Cuba) is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from New Jersey. Sires was re-elected to the U.S. House in 2012 by voters from New Jersey's 8th Congressional District, his former district having been eliminated by the 2010 census.[1]

Sires is a 2014 Democratic candidate seeking re-election to the U.S. House to represent the 8th Congressional District of New Jersey.[2]

He previously served as the mayor of West New York, New Jersey and as a member of the New Jersey General Assembly.[3]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Sires is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.


Sires was born in Bejucal, Cuba. He earned a B.A. from St. Peter’s College in 1974 and his M.A. from Middlebury College in 1985.[3]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Sires' academic, professional and political career:[3]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Sires serves on the following committees:[4]


Sires served on the following committees:[5]


Legislative actions

113th Congress


The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[6] For more information pertaining to Sires's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

National security


Voted "No" Sires voted in opposition of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[8]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "No" Sires voted in opposition of HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[8]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "Yes" Sires supported House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[8]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Sires supported HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[9] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[8]


Farm Bill
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Voted "No" Sires voted against the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[10] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[11]

King Amendment

Sires signed a letter sent to Collin Peterson in August 2013, asking him to keep Steve King's amendment out of the final Farm Bill.[12] The "Protect Interstate Commerce Act" amendment prevents states from applying their own laws on agricultural products to agricultural products from another state.[13]. King introduced the amendment in response to a law in California, requiring a larger size cage for egg-producing chickens. King represents Iowa, which is a large egg producer.

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[14] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[15] Sires voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[14]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[16] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Sires voted for HR 2775.[17]


Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "No" Sires voted against House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[18] The vote largely followed party lines.[19]


Repealing Obamacare

Voted "No" Sires has voted against all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[20]

Social issues


Voted "No" Sires voted against HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[21]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Sires 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 1 of 172 Democrats that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[22]

Political positions


Sires' website highlighted the following campaign themes:[23]

  • Economy: "I remain committed to improving our current economic outlook by supporting legislation that will help New Jersey’s families, stimulate our economy, and create jobs."
  • Education: "Education is the cornerstone of opportunity. We must do more as a country to support education by strengthening our schools, fully funding special education, and modernizing our classrooms."
  • Global Leadership: "I believe that basic human rights and fundamental freedoms must be upheld and respected around the world, in every nation and in every community. No child should have to suffer unnecessarily simply because of where he or she was born."
  • Healthcare: "Every American deserves access to quality, affordable health care. Without access to affordable health care, our children cannot learn properly, parents cannot be as productive at work, and our seniors are forced to choose between food, shelter, or medical care."
  • Homeland Security: "New Jersey’s 13th District is home to what is considered to be the most dangerous two-mile stretch in the country. With one of the largest ports in the country, chemical plants, the Newark Airport, and critical transportation infrastructure, securing this region is of great importance to the communities I represent and to the nation."
  • Housing: "The foundation of the American Dream is to have a home to call your own."
  • Medicare: "While there are improvements that can be made to Medicare in order to reduce wasteful spending and make them more cost efficient, we must not abandon our commitment to the millions of Americans who rely on these programs for every-day needs and for future generations that were guaranteed these benefits."
  • Seniors: "I am a steadfast advocate for American’s seniors and the issues they care about, including retirement security, the health of Medicare, and the high cost of prescription drugs."
  • Tax Reform: "I support reforming our tax system in a way that will create jobs, strengthen the middle class, encourage entrepreneurs, and help small businesses grow and hire."
  • Transportation: "Investment in our transportation modes is vital to enhancing our economy, increasing our safety, maintaining our global competitiveness, and most importantly improving our quality of life."
  • Veterans: "With our aging veteran population and so many new veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, I am committed to providing veterans and their families with the care and benefits they deserve."
  • Women: "Last Congress, I voted for, and Congress passed, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, giving women the right to seek legal redress for wage discrimination."



See also: New Jersey's 8th Congressional District elections, 2014

Sires is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent New Jersey's 8th District. Sires is seeking the Democratic nomination in the primary on June 3, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.


See also: New Jersey's 8th Congressional District elections, 2012

In the 2011 redistricting, Albio Sires' 13th District was eliminated, and he ran for election representing the 8th District.[24] He defeated Michael Shurin in the June 5 Democratic primary and defeated Republican Maria Karczewski in the November general election.[25][26]

U.S. House, New Jersey District 8 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAlbio Sires Incumbent 78% 130,853
     Republican Maria Karczewski 18.9% 31,763
     Independent Stephen Deluca 1% 1,710
     Independent Pablo Olivera 1% 1,625
     Independent Herbert Shaw 1.1% 1,839
Total Votes 167,790
Source: New Jersey Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
New Jersey's 8th Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAlbio Sires Incumbent 89% 30,840
Michael Shurin 11% 3,808
Total Votes 34,648

Full history

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Sires is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Sires raised a total of $4,216,627 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 23, 2013.[30]

Albio Sires's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (New Jersey, District 8) Won $663,826
2010 US House (New Jersey, District 8) Won $657,768
2008 US House (New Jersey, District 8) Won $993,228
2006 US House (New Jersey, District 8) Won $1,901,805
Grand Total Raised $4,216,627


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Sires' reports.[31]

Albio Sires (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[32]April 7, 2013$160,021.88$20,000.00$(95,122.38)$84,899.50
July Quarterly[33]July 9, 2013$84,899.50$126,700.00$(95,189.750)$116,409.75
October Quarterly[34]October 7, 2013$116,409.75$39,710.50$(49,498.39)$106,621.86
Year-End Quarterly[35]December 31, 2013$106,621$34,846$(95,426)$46,541
April Quarterly[36]April 6, 2014$46,541.64$108,885.03$(56,517.84)$98,908.83
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of Sires' campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Sires won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Sires' campaign committee raised a total of $663,827 and spent $660,824.[37]

Cost per vote

Sires spent $5.05 per vote received in 2012.


Breakdown of the source of Sires's campaign funds before the 2010 election.
Sires was re-elected to the U.S. House in 2010 for a third term. His campaign committee raised a total of $657,768 and spent $708,763.[38]


Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[39]

Sires most often votes with:

Sires least often votes with:

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Sires is a "rank-and-file Democrat," as of June 19, 2013.[40]

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Sires missed 220 of 5,256 roll call votes from November 2006 to April 2013. This amounts to 4.2%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[40]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Sires paid his congressional staff a total of $988,501 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.[41]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Sires' net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $96,005 and $265,000. That averages to $180,502.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Sires ranked as the 354th most wealthy representative in 2012.[42]

Albio Sires Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

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. Sires tied with one other member of the U.S. House of Representatives, ranking 102nd in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. House.[43]


Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Sires ranked 125th in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. House.[44]

Voting with party


Albio Sires voted with the Democratic Party 94% of the time, which ranked 127th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[45]


Congressman Sires resides in West New York with his wife, Adrienne. His stepdaughter, Tara Kole, graduated from Harvard Law School, clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, and now works for a private law firm in Los Angeles.[5]

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  1. Politico, "2012 House Race Results," accessed November 6, 2012
  2. New Jersey Department of State, "Candidates for House of Representatives," accessed March 31, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "SIRES, Albio, (1951 - )"
  4. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  5. 5.0 5.1 Congressman Albio Sires, Serving the 13th District of New Jersey, "Official Biography"
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Project Vote Smart, "Representative Albio Sires' Voting Records on National Security," accessed September 30, 2013
  9. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  10. Project Vote Smart, "Sires on agriculture," accessed September 30, 2013
  11. New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps," accessed September 17, 2013
  12. Project Vote Smart, "Letter to Ranking Member Collin Peterson, House Committee on Agriculture - Reject Rep. King's Provision on Farm Bill," accessed September 23, 2013
  13. Time.com, "King Farm Bill Amendment Angers Animal Advocates," accessed September 18, 2013
  14. 14.0 14.1 Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  15. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  16. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  17. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  18. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  19. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Albio Sires' Voting Records on Immigration," accessed September 30, 2013
  20. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Albio Sires' Voting Records on Issue: Health and Healthcare," accessed September 30, 2013
  21. Project Vote Smart, "Albio Sires on abortion," accessed September 30, 2013
  22. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  23. Congressman Albio Sires, "Issues," accessed October 13, 2012
  24. The Jersey Journal, "Sires gets a new number, but district's composition couldn't be better for him: Capital Clips," accessed January 5, 2012
  25. WYNC, "Live! NJ Election Results," accessed June 5, 2012
  26. New Jersey Secretary of State, "2012 Primary Results"
  27. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  28. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  30. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Albio Sires," accessed April 23, 2013
  31. Federal Election Commission, "Sires 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 23, 2013
  32. FEC, "April Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  33. FEC, July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  34. FEC, October Quarterly," accessed October 25, 2013
  35. FEC, Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 12, 2014
  36. FEC, April Quarterly," accessed April 30, 2014
  37. Open Secrets, "Albio Sires 2012 Election Cycle," accessed February 26, 2013
  38. Open Secrets, "Albio Sires 2010 Election Data," accessed December 2, 2011
  39. OpenCongress, "Albio Sires," accessed August 6, 2013
  40. 40.0 40.1 GovTrack, "Albio Sires," accessed June 19, 2013
  41. LegiStorm, "Albio Sires," accessed October 2, 2012
  42. Open Secrets, "Albio Sires (D-NJ), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  43. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," accessed March 6, 2013
  44. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  45. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Bill Pascrell (D)
U.S. House of Representatives - New Jersey, District 8
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Bob Menendez
U.S. House of Representatives - New Jersey, District 13
Succeeded by
Preceded by
New Jersey General Assembly
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Mayor of West New York, New Jersey
Succeeded by