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Bill Pascrell
Bill Pascrell.jpg
U.S. House, New Jersey, District 9
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 1997-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 17
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorSteve Rothman (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$21.53 in 2012
First electedNovember 5, 1996
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$8,312,687
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Mayor of Paterson, New Jersey
1990-1996
New Jersey General Assembly
1989-1997
Paterson, New Jersey Board of Education
1979-1982
Education
Bachelor'sFordham University
Master'sFordham University
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1961-1962
Service branchUnited States Army Reserve
Years of service1962-1967
Personal
BirthdayJanuary 25, 1937
Place of birthPaterson, New Jersey
ProfessionHigh School Teacher
Net worth$3,085,518
ReligionRoman Catholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
William J. "Bill" Pascrell, Jr. (b. January 25, 1937, in Paterson, New Jersey) is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from New Jersey. Pascrell was first elected to the House by voters from New Jersey's 8th congressional district. Due to New Jersey's redistricting, Pascrell ran in the newly redrawn 9th congressional district in 2012 and won.[1]

He is set to run for re-election in 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Pascrell previously served as mayor of Paterson, New Jersey and as a member of the New Jersey General Assembly.[2]

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

Biography

Pascrell was born in Paterson, New Jersey. He earned a B.A. in journalism from Fordham University in 1959 and an M.A. in philosophy in 1961.[2] After earning his degrees, Pascrell worked as both a high school history teacher and an adjunct professor at Farleigh Dickenson University. He served in the U.S. Army and the U.S. Army Reserve beginning in 1961 and received an honorary discharge in 1967. He also served as president of the Paterson Board of Education and as a member of Passaic County Community College’s Board of Trustees.[3][4]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Pascrell's academic, professional and political career:[2]

  • 1961-1962: United States Army
  • 1962-1967: United States Army Reserve
  • 1989-1997: New Jersey General Assembly
  • 1990-1996: Mayor of Paterson, New Jersey

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Pascrell serves on the following committees:[5]

2011-2012

Pascrell served on the following committees:[6]

Issues

Debates

February 23, 2012

On February 23, 2012, Pascrell met for a debate with Steve Rothman, his opponent for the Democratic nomination.[7]

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Pascrell 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.[8]

Endorsements

2012

Pascrell was endorsed by former president Bill Clinton.[9]

A full list of endorsements from New Jersey elected officials and labor unions were listed on Pascrell's campaign website.

Elections

2014

See also: New Jersey's 9th congressional district elections, 2014

Pascrell is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Democratic nomination in the primary election. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2013

See also: New Jersey gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2013

Pascrell briefly considered running for Governor of New Jersey in 2013. He quashed most rumors that he wanted to challenge incumbent Chris Christie in his bid for re-election when he told a reporter, "I'm not pursuing that position," in a January interview.[10][11] He announced his endorsement of presumptive Democratic nominee Barbara Buono soon thereafter.[12]

2012

See also: New Jersey's 9th congressional district elections, 2012

Pascrell ran for re-election in 2012. Because of New Jersey's redistricting, Pascrell faced fellow Democratic representative Steve Rothman in the June 5 primary. Pascrell currently represents New Jersey's 8th district, but redistricting has put a significant chunk of Pascrell's territory in the new 9th district, along with some of Rothman's territory.[13] Pascrell defeated Rothman in the primary and faced Republican Shmuley Boteach and Independent E. David Smith in the November general election.[14][15]

U.S. House, New Jersey District 9 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBill Pascrell Incumbent 74% 162,822
     Republican Shmuley Boteach 25% 55,091
     Independent E. David Smith 0.5% 1,138
     Independent Jeanette Woolsey 0.5% 1,082
Total Votes 220,133
Source: New Jersey Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, New Jersey District 9 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, Pascrell faced fellow Democratic incumbent Steve Rothman 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 5 ugliest member vs. member battles[16] and and the North Jersey Record labeled it one of the most competitive primaries of 2012.[13]

Redistricting

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."[17]

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 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.[18]

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.[19]

Debates
February 23, 2012

On February 23, 2012, Rothman and Pascrell met for their first debate.[20]

Israel

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.[21]

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Pascrell is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Pascrell raised a total of $8,312,687 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 23, 2013.[30]

Bill Pascrell's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (New Jersey, District 9) Won $2,861,094
2010 US House (New Jersey, District 9) Won $1,499,697
2008 US House (New Jersey, District 9) Won $1,450,970
2006 US House (New Jersey, District 9) Won $1,389,546
2004 US House (New Jersey, District 9) Won $1,111,380
Grand Total Raised $8,312,687

2014

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

Bill Pascrell (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[32]6/20/2013$356,942.50$216,196.36$(110,244.54)$462,894.32
July Quarterly[33]7/15/2013$462,894.32$214,217.44$(128,350.27)$548,761.49
Running totals
$430,413.8$(238,594.81)

2012

Breakdown of the source of Pascrell's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Pascrell won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Pascrell's campaign committee raised a total of $2,861,095 and spent $3,506,000.[34]

Cost per vote

Pascrell spent $21.53 per vote received in 2012.

2010

Breakdown of the source of Pascrell's campaign funds before the 2010 election.
Pascrell was re-elected to the U.S. House in 2010 for an eighth term. His campaign committee raised a total of $1,499,697 and spent $1,628,510.[35]
U.S. House of Representatives, New Jersey's 9th Congressional District, 2010 - Bill Pascrell Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,499,697
Total Spent $1,628,510
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $169,070
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $168,540
Top contributors to Bill Pascrell's campaign committee
Lowenstein Sandler PC$19,300
Roche Holdings$14,780
Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance$13,300
Winning Strategies Washington$10,800
American Assn/Oral & Maxillofacial Surg$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Lawyers/Law Firms$120,115
Health Professionals$117,850
Insurance$79,000
Pharmaceuticals/Health Products$76,080
Real Estate$73,171

Analysis

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.[36]

Pascrell most often votes with:

Pascrell 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, Bonner is a "moderate Democratic leader," as of June 19, 2013.[37]

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Pascrell missed 477 of 11,061 roll call votes from January 1997 to April 2013. This amounts to 4.3%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[38]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Pascrell paid his congressional staff a total of $934,731 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.[39]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Pascrell's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $1,862,037 to $4,309,000. That averages to $3,085,518, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic House members in 2011 of $5,107,874. His average net worth decreased by 8.89% from 2010.[40]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Pascrell's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $2,026,041 to $4,747,000. Averaging to a net worth of $3,386,520.50 which is lower than the average net worth of Democrats in 2010 of $4,465,875.[41]

National Journal vote ratings

2012

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. Information with respect to Pascrell's votes in 2012 is unavailable.[42]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Pascrell was tied with one other member of the U.S. House of Representatives ranking 121st in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. House.[43]

Voting with party

2013

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Bill Pascrell has voted with the Democratic Party 95.5% of the time, which ranked 62nd among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[44]

Recent news

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Personal

Pascrell has three sons and resides in Paterson with his wife, Elsie.[45]

External links

References

  1. Politico "2012 House Race Results"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "PASCRELL, William J., Jr., (1937 - )"
  3. Congressman Bill Pascrell, Representing the 8th District of New Jersey "Biography of Bill Pascrell, Jr."
  4. Pascrell for Congress "About Bill"
  5. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  6. Congressman Bill Pascrell, Representing the 8th District of New Jersey "Bill's Work in Congress"
  7. [Two New Jersey incumbents thrown together by redistricting hold debate]
  8. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  9. Bill Pascrell campaign website "Bill Clinton endorses Bill Pascrell," May 4, 2012
  10. PolitickerNJ, "Pascrell on governor: 'I'm not pursuing that position,'" January 10, 2013
  11. NJ.com, "Sen. Buono raises almost $250K in first month of campaigning," January 2, 2013
  12. The Associated Press, "Buono picks up key backing in NJ gov's race," January 28, 2013
  13. 13.0 13.1 North Jersey.com "Harrison: New Jersey's competitive primaries," April 22, 2012
  14. WYNC "Live! NJ Election Results," June 5, 2012
  15. New Jersey Secretary of State "2012 Primary Results"
  16. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named politico
  17. Politico "Congress 2012: The 5 ugliest member vs. member battles" Accessed April 18, 2012
  18. Roll Call "N.J. 9th district race pits county vs. county," May 7, 2012
  19. New Jersey Star-Ledger "With cheap shots at Pascrell, Rothman tarnishes his own integrity," May 14, 2012
  20. Two New Jersey incumbents thrown together by redistricting hold debate
  21. PolitickerNJ "Politics in Pascrell v. Rothman spills into religion," February 24, 2012
  22. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  23. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  24. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  25. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  26. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  27. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  28. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  30. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Bill Pascrell," Accessed April 23, 2013
  31. Federal Election Commission "Pascrell 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 23, 2013
  32. FEC "April Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
  33. FEC "July Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
  34. Open Secrets "Bill Pascrell 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 26, 2013
  35. Open Secrets "Bill Pascrell Jr. 2010 Election Data," Accessed December 1, 2011
  36. OpenCongress, "Bill Pascrell," Accessed August 6, 2013
  37. Gov Track "Bill Pascrell," Accessed June 19, 2013
  38. GovTrack, "Pascrell," Accessed April 10, 2013
  39. LegiStorm, "Bill Pascrell," Accessed October 2, 2012
  40. OpenSecrets.org "Bill Pascrell Jr (D-NJ), 2011," accessed February 14, 2013
  41. OpenSecrets.org, "Bill Pascrell (D-NJ), 2010," Accessed October 2, 2012
  42. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 6, 2013
  43. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  44. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
  45. Pascrell for Congress "About Bill"
Political offices
Preceded by
Steve Rothman (D)
U.S. House of Representatives - New Jersey District 9
2013-present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
Bill Martini
U.S. House of Representatives - New Jersey District 8
1997-2013
Succeeded by
Albio Sires (D)
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Mayor of Paterson, New Jersey
1990-1996
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Preceded by
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New Jersey General Assembly
1989-1997
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Paterson, New Jersey Board of Education
1979-1982
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