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Menendez won election to the [[United States Senate|U.S. Senate]] in 2012. During that election cycle, Menendez's campaign committee raised a total of $17,344,783 and spent $16,226,545.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00000699&cycle=2012 ''Open Secrets'' "Bob Menendez 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 26, 2013]</ref>
 
Menendez won election to the [[United States Senate|U.S. Senate]] in 2012. During that election cycle, Menendez's campaign committee raised a total of $17,344,783 and spent $16,226,545.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00000699&cycle=2012 ''Open Secrets'' "Bob Menendez 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 26, 2013]</ref>
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Bob Menendez
Bob Menendez.jpg
U.S. Senate, New Jersey
Incumbent
In office
January 18, 2006-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2019
Years in position 8
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorJon S. Corzine (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 7, 2006
Next generalNovember 2018
Campaign $$37,570,454
AppointedJanuary 18, 2006
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
U.S. House of Representatives from New Jersey's 13th district
1993-2006
New Jersey Senate
1991-1993
New Jersey General Assembly
1987-1991
Education
Bachelor'sSaint Peter's College
J.D.Rutger's School of Law in Newark
Personal
BirthdayJanuary 1, 1954
Place of birthNew York City, New York
ProfessionLawyer
Net worth$498,502
ReligionRoman Catholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Robert "Bob" Menendez (b. January 1, 1954) is a Democratic member of the United States Senate from New Jersey. He was first appointed to the Senate in 2005. He won re-election in 2012.[1]

Prior to his election to the U.S. Senate, Menendez served in the U.S. House of Representatives.[2]

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

Biography

Menendez was born New York City to Cuban immigrants, but his family moved to New Jersey where he graduated from Union Hill High School in Union City. He earned B.A. from Saint Peter's College in Jersey City and earned his Juris Doctor degree from Rutgers School of Law in Newark.[2]

Career

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

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate

2013-2014

Menedez serves on the following Senate committees[3]:

2011-2012

Menendez served on the following committees:[4]

  • Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
    • Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation, and Community Development (Chairman)
  • Committee on Finance
    • Subcommittee on Health Care
    • Subcommittee on Taxation, IRS Oversight, and Long-Term Growth
    • Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs, and Global Competitiveness
  • Committee on Foreign Relations
    • Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Peace Corps and Narcotics Affairs (Chairman)
    • Subcommittee on International Operations and Organizations, Human Rights, Democracy and Global Women's Issues
    • Subcommittee on European Affairs
    • Subcommittee on International Development and Foreign Assistance, Economic Affairs, and International Environmental Protection

Issues

Campaign themes

For 2012, Menendez's campaign themes included:[5]

  • Job creation
  • Tax relief
  • Maintaining Social Security

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Menendez 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. The bill was passed in the Senate by a 89/8 vote on January 1, 2013.[6]

Elections

2012

See also: United States Senate elections in New Jersey, 2012

Menendez won re-election in 2012.[1] He was unopposed in the June 5 Democratic primary and defeated Joe Kyrillos (R) and Jeff Boss (I) in the November general election.

U.S. Senate, New Jersey, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Menendez Incumbent 58.9% 1,987,680
     Republican Joe Kyrillos 39.4% 1,329,534
     Libertarian Kenneth R. Kaplan 0.5% 16,803
     Green Ken Wolski 0.5% 15,801
     Jersey Strong Independents Gwen Diakos 0.3% 9,359
     Totally Independent Candidate J. David Dranikoff 0.1% 3,834
     America First Inder "Andy" Soni 0.1% 3,593
     Responsibility Fairness Integrity Robert "Turk" Turkavage 0.1% 3,532
     Socialist Party USA Gregory Pason 0.1% 2,249
     No Slogan Eugene Martin Lavergne 0.1% 2,198
     Reform Nation Daryl Mikell Brooks 0.1% 2,066
Total Votes 3,376,649
Source: New Jersey Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Polls

Robert Menendez vs. Joe Kyrillos
Poll Robert Menendez Joe KyrillosSomeone ElseDon't know/NAMargin of ErrorSample Size
Quinnipiac University Poll of Likely Voters (August 27 - September 2, 2012)
50%40%0%10%+/-2.61,471
Stockton College
(October 12-18, 2012)
52%30%0%0%+/-3.5811
Survey USA
(October 17,18 2012)
53%33%5%9%+/-4.2577
Inquirer New jersey
(October 23-25, 2012)
50%32%0%0%+/-4601
AVERAGES 51.25% 33.75% 1.25% 4.75% +/-3.58 865
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Menendez is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Menendez raised a total of $37,570,454 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 25, 2013.[15]

Bob Menendez's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. Senate (New Jersey) Won $17,344,783
2006 U.S. Senate (New Jersey) Won $11,950,586
2004 US House (New Jersey, District 13) Won $3,624,587
2002 US House (New Jersey, District 13) Won $2,461,956
2000 US House (New Jersey, District 13) Won $2,188,542
Grand Total Raised $37,570,454

2012

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

Menendez won election to the U.S. Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Menendez's campaign committee raised a total of $17,344,783 and spent $16,226,545.[16]

Cost per vote

Menendez spent $8.16 per vote received in 2012.

Out-of-state donations

According to an Open Secrets report, Menendez ranked among the top ten senate candidates receiving out-of-state donations during the 2012 election cycle. He received $7,366,999, or 54.6%, of his donations from outside of New Jersey. [17]

2006

Breakdown of the source of Menendez's campaign funds before the 2006 election.

Menendez was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2006 and kept the seat he acquired in his appointment earlier that year. His campaign committee raised a total of $11,950,586 and spent $13,328,665.[18]


Analysis

Like-minded colleagues

The website Open Congress 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.[19]

Menendez most often votes with:

Menendez 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, Menendez is a "moderate Democratic leader," as of July 1, 2013.[20]

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Menendez missed 47 of 2,212 roll call votes from January 2006 to April 2013. This amounts to 2.1%, which is worse than the median of 1.7% among current senators as of April 2013.[21]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Menendez paid his congressional staff a total of $3,116,650 in 2011. He ranks 8th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic senatorial staff salaries and ranks 10th overall of the lowest paid Senatorial Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, New Jersey ranks 7th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[22]

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 - The Center for Responsive Politics, Menendez's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $317,005 to $680,000. That averages to $498,502, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Senators in 2011 of $20,795,450. His average net worth increased by 17.71% from 2010.[23]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Menendez's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $217,005 and $629,999. That averages to $423,502, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Senators in 2010 of $19,383,524.[24]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Menendez tied with one other Senator, ranking 15th in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. Senate.[25]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Menendez ranked 31st in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. Senate.[26]

Political positions

Voting with party

2013

Bob Menendez voted with the Democratic Party 97% of the time, which ranked 11th among the 52 Senate Democratic members as of June 2013.[27]

Recent news

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Personal

Menendez and his wife Jane Jacobsen have two children, Alicia and Robert.

External links


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 CNN "New Jersey Senate Race - 2012 Election Center"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "MENENDEZ, Robert, (1954 - )," Accessed July 1, 2013
  3. Congressional Quarterly "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 22, 2013
  4. Robert Menendez, United States Senator for New Jersey "Committee Assignments for the 112th Congress"
  5. Bob Menendez campaign site "Issues," Accessed March 9, 2012
  6. U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  7. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  8. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  9. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  10. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  11. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  12. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  13. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1994," accessed March 28, 2013
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1992," accessed March 28, 2013
  15. Open Secrets "Donor history for Bob Menendez" Accessed April 25, 2013
  16. Open Secrets "Bob Menendez 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 26, 2013
  17. http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2013/05/more-than-60-lawmakers-relied-mostly-on-out-of-state-money.html?utm_source=feedly Open Secrets, "More than 60 Lawmakers Relied Mostly on Out-of-State Money", May 7, 2013]
  18. Open Secrets "Bob Menendez 2006 Election Data," Accessed October 29, 2011
  19. OpenCongress, "Robert Menendez," Accessed August 8, 2013
  20. Gov Track "Bob Menendez," Accessed July 1, 2013
  21. GovTrack, "Menendez," Accessed April 11, 2013
  22. LegiStorm "Bob Menendez"
  23. OpenSecrets.org "Robert Menendez (D-NJ), 2011," accessed February 14, 2013
  24. OpenSecrets.org, "Menendez, (D-NJ), 2010"
  25. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 6, 2013
  26. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  27. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Jon Corzine
United States Senate - New Jersey
2006–present
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Frank Guarini
United States House of Representatives - District 13
1993–2006
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Albio Sires
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New Jersey Senate
1991–1993
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New Jersey General Assembly
1987–1991
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Mayor of Union City, New Jersey
1986–1992
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Union City Board of Education (Chief Financial Officer)
1978–1982
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Union City Board of Education
1974–1978
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