|U.S. House, New Jersey, District 9|
|January 3, 1997-Present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||18|
|Predecessor||Steve Rothman (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Cost per vote||$21.53 in 2012|
|First elected||November 5, 1996|
|Next primary||June 3, 2014|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Mayor of Paterson, New Jersey|
|New Jersey General Assembly|
|Paterson, New Jersey Board of Education|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1961-1962|
|Service branch||United States Army Reserve|
|Years of service||1962-1967|
|Date of birth||January 25, 1937|
|Place of birth||Paterson, New Jersey|
|Profession||High School Teacher|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Issues
- 4.1 Legislative actions
- 4.1.1 113th Congress
- 4.1.2 National security
- 4.1.3 Economy
- 4.1.4 Immigration
- 4.1.5 Healthcare
- 4.1.6 Social issues
- 4.1.7 Previous congressional sessions
- 4.2 Endorsements
- 4.1 Legislative actions
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Analysis
- 8 Personal
- 9 Recent news
- 10 External links
- 11 See also
- 12 References
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.
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. 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.
Below is an abbreviated outline of Pascrell's academic, professional and political career:
- 1961-1962: United States Army
- 1962-1967: United States Army Reserve
- 1989-1997: New Jersey General Assembly
- 1990-1996: Mayor of Paterson, New Jersey
Pascrell serves on the following committees:
Pascrell served on the following committees:
The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 114 out of the 3,036 introduced bills (3.8 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session. For more information pertaining to Pascrell's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.
Pascrell voted in support 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.
Pascrell 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.
Keystone Pipeline Amendment
Pascrell voted in favor of 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.
Pascrell voted in opposition of 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. The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.
- See also: United States Farm Bill 2013
Pascrell signed a letter sent to Collin Peterson in August 2013, asking him to keep Steve King's amendment out of the final Farm Bill. The "Protect Interstate Commerce Act" amendment prevents states from applying their own laws on agricultural products to agricultural products from another state.. 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.
- See also: United States budget debate, 2013
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. 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. Pascrell voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.
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. 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. Pascrell voted against HR 2775.
Morton Memos Prohibition
Pascrell 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. The vote largely followed party lines.
Pascrell has voted against all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Pascrell slammed House Republicans in October 2013 for not cooperating on Obamacare, yelling at members during a House Ways and Means Committee. He said, "You can sit there and say that you had a legitimate alternative after these years? We’ve gone through 44 votes, 48 votes now of you trying to dismantle this legislation! You call that cooperation? I don’t! I don’t that call that cooperation!"
Pascrell did not vote on 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.
Previous congressional sessions
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.
Pascrell was endorsed by former president Bill Clinton.
A full list of endorsements from New Jersey elected officials and labor unions were listed on Pascrell's campaign website.
Pascrell ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent New Jersey's 9th District. Pascrell sought the Democratic nomination in the primary on June 3, 2014. The general election took place November 4, 2014.
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. He announced his endorsement of presumptive Democratic nominee Barbara Buono soon thereafter.
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. Pascrell defeated Rothman in the primary and faced Republican Shmuley Boteach and Independent E. David Smith in the November general election.
|U.S. House, New Jersey District 9 General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Bill Pascrell Incumbent||74%||162,822|
|Independent||E. David Smith||0.5%||1,138|
|Source: New Jersey Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
|U.S. House, New Jersey District 9 Democratic Primary, 2012|
|Bill Pascrell Incumbent||61.2%||31,435|
|Steve Rothman Incumbent||38.8%||19,947|
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 five ugliest member vs. member battles and the North Jersey Record labeled it one of the most competitive primaries of 2012.
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."
According to Roll Call, there was little policy or ideological difference between Rothman and Pascrell, so voters were left to choose a candidate based on personality and location. The newly drawn 9th District encompasses a variety of demographics, and the Roll Call article states that Pascrell was strong in the working class Passaic County, while Rothman was more at home in the white-collar Bergen County. The 9th Disrict also includes Hudson County, which could have gone either way.
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.
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.
To view the full congressional electoral history for Bill Pascrell, click [show] to expand the section.
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.
|Bill Pascrell's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||US House (New Jersey, District 9)||$2,861,094|
|2010||US House (New Jersey, District 9)||$1,499,697|
|2008||US House (New Jersey, District 9)||$1,450,970|
|2006||US House (New Jersey, District 9)||$1,389,546|
|2004||US House (New Jersey, District 9)||$1,111,380|
|Grand Total Raised||$8,312,687|
|Bill Pascrell (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||June 20, 2013||$356,942.50||$216,196.36||$(110,244.54)||$462,894.32|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2013||$462,894.32||$214,217.44||$(128,350.27)||$548,761.49|
|October Quarterly||October 15, 2013||$547,261.49||$134,029.51||$(65,246.47)||$616,044.53|
|Year-End Quarterly (amended)||March 31, 2014||$616,044.53||$250,740.25||$(140,767.59)||$726,017.19|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2014||$726,017.19||$237,903.30||$(94,162.92)||$869,757.57|
|Pre-Primary||May 22, 2014||$869,907.57||$36,400.00||$(104,001.79)||$802,305.78|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2014||$802,305.78||$210,523.92||$(35,517.58)||$977,312.12|
|October Quarterly||October 15, 2014||$977,312.12||$272,879.43||$(142,147.49)||$1,108,044.06|
Cost per vote
Pascrell spent $21.53 per vote received in 2012.
|U.S. House, New Jersey District 9, 2012 - Bill Pascrell Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Runner-up||$317,116|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||$317,116|
|Top contributors to Bill Pascrell's campaign committee|
|Waters McPherson Mcneill||$15,600|
|Winning Strategies Washington||$15,500|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
2010U.S. House in 2010 for an eighth term. His campaign committee raised a total of $1,499,697 and spent $1,628,510.
|U.S. House, New Jersey District 9, 2010 - Bill Pascrell Campaign Contributions|
|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|
|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|
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.
Pascrell most often votes with:
Pascrell least often votes with:
Ideology and leadership
Lifetime voting record
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.
Congressional staff salaries
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.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Pascrell's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $1,794,039 and $4,188,000. That averages to $2,991,019.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Pascrell ranked as the 107th most wealthy representative in 2012.
|Bill Pascrell Yearly Net Worth|
|Year||Average Net Worth|
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. Information with respect to Pascrell's votes in 2012 is unavailable.
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.
Voting with party
Bill Pascrell voted with the Democratic Party 95.5% of the time, which ranked 62nd among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.
Pascrell has three sons and resides in Paterson with his wife, Elsie.
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- United States House of Representatives
- New Jersey's 9th Congressional District elections, 2014
- New Jersey's 9th Congressional District
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- New Jersey Department of State, "Candidates for House of Representatives," accessed March 31, 2014
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Steve Rothman (D)
|U.S. House of Representatives - New Jersey District 9
| Succeeded by|
|U.S. House of Representatives - New Jersey District 8
| Succeeded by|
Albio Sires (D)
|Mayor of Paterson, New Jersey
| Succeeded by|
|New Jersey General Assembly
| Succeeded by|
|Paterson, New Jersey Board of Education
| Succeeded by|