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Rep. Bill Pascrell (D)

Bill Pascrell Contact
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DC Contact Information

Phone: 202-225-5751

Address: 2370 RHOB, DC 20515

State Office Contact Information

Phone: (973) 523-5152

Address: 200 Federal Plaza, Paterson NJ 07505-1953

Passaic NJ

Phone: (973) 472-4510

Fax: (973) 472-0852

Address: 330 Passaic Street, Passaic NJ 07055

Englewood NJ

Phone: (201) 935-2248

Address: 2-10 North Van Brunt Street, Englewood NJ 07631

Lyndhurst NJ

Phone: (201) 935-2248

Address: 367 Valley Brook Avenue, Lyndhurst NJ 07071

Bill Pascrell Staff
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Mandel, Arthur
Legislative Director; Senior Legislative Assistant
Rich, Benjamin
Chief of Staff
Penna, Alyssa
Health Policy Advisor
Mandel, Arthur
Legislative Director; Senior Legislative Assistant
Mandel, Arthur
Legislative Director; Senior Legislative Assistant
Mandel, Arthur
Legislative Director; Senior Legislative Assistant
Penna, Alyssa
Health Policy Advisor
Penna, Alyssa
Health Policy Advisor
Mandel, Arthur
Legislative Director; Senior Legislative Assistant
Mandel, Arthur
Legislative Director; Senior Legislative Assistant
Mandel, Arthur
Legislative Director; Senior Legislative Assistant
Penna, Alyssa
Health Policy Advisor
Mandel, Arthur
Legislative Director; Senior Legislative Assistant
Mandel, Arthur
Legislative Director; Senior Legislative Assistant
Mandel, Arthur
Legislative Director; Senior Legislative Assistant
Penna, Alyssa
Health Policy Advisor
Penna, Alyssa
Health Policy Advisor
Penna, Alyssa
Health Policy Advisor
Penna, Alyssa
Health Policy Advisor
Mandel, Arthur
Legislative Director; Senior Legislative Assistant
Sodaro, Dylan
Legislative Assistant; Legislative Correspondent
Penna, Alyssa
Health Policy Advisor
Penna, Alyssa
Health Policy Advisor
Penna, Alyssa
Health Policy Advisor
Mandel, Arthur
Legislative Director; Senior Legislative Assistant
Rich, Benjamin
Chief of Staff
Mandel, Arthur
Legislative Director; Senior Legislative Assistant
Penna, Alyssa
Health Policy Advisor
Penna, Alyssa
Health Policy Advisor
Penna, Alyssa
Health Policy Advisor
Mandel, Arthur
Legislative Director; Senior Legislative Assistant
Mandel, Arthur
Legislative Director; Senior Legislative Assistant
Mandel, Arthur
Legislative Director; Senior Legislative Assistant
Rich, Benjamin
Chief of Staff
Mandel, Arthur
Legislative Director; Senior Legislative Assistant
Mandel, Arthur
Legislative Director; Senior Legislative Assistant
Mandel, Arthur
Legislative Director; Senior Legislative Assistant
Penna, Alyssa
Health Policy Advisor
Mandel, Arthur
Legislative Director; Senior Legislative Assistant
Penna, Alyssa
Health Policy Advisor
Rich, Benjamin
Chief of Staff
Mandel, Arthur
Legislative Director; Senior Legislative Assistant
Mandel, Arthur
Legislative Director; Senior Legislative Assistant
Sodaro, Dylan
Legislative Assistant; Legislative Correspondent
Mandel, Arthur
Legislative Director; Senior Legislative Assistant
Mandel, Arthur
Legislative Director; Senior Legislative Assistant
Sodaro, Dylan
Legislative Assistant; Legislative Correspondent
Mandel, Arthur
Legislative Director; Senior Legislative Assistant
Rich, Benjamin
Chief of Staff
Penna, Alyssa
Health Policy Advisor
Penna, Alyssa
Health Policy Advisor
Penna, Alyssa
Health Policy Advisor
Penna, Alyssa
Health Policy Advisor
Abedrabbo, Fahim
Field Representative; Intern Coordinator
Akhter, Assad
Deputy Chief of Staff
Anderson, Celia
Field Representative; Caseworker
DeAngelo, Michelle
Field Director; Scheduler
Mandel, Arthur
Legislative Director; Senior Legislative Assistant
Monahan, Aileen
Scheduler; Intern Coordinator
Moralez, Ritzy
Director of Constituent Services
Penna, Alyssa
Health Policy Advisor
Pietrykoski, Thomas
Communications Director
Rendina, Peter
Special Assistant to the Congressman
Rich, Benjamin
Chief of Staff
Sodaro, Dylan
Legislative Assistant; Legislative Correspondent
Penna, Alyssa
Health Policy Advisor
Anderson, Celia
Field Representative; Caseworker
Rich, Benjamin
Chief of Staff
Pietrykoski, Thomas
Communications Director
Abedrabbo, Fahim
Field Representative; Intern Coordinator
Monahan, Aileen
Scheduler; Intern Coordinator
Akhter, Assad
Deputy Chief of Staff
DeAngelo, Michelle
Field Director; Scheduler
Moralez, Ritzy
Director of Constituent Services
Mandel, Arthur
Legislative Director; Senior Legislative Assistant
Sodaro, Dylan
Legislative Assistant; Legislative Correspondent
Sodaro, Dylan
Legislative Assistant; Legislative Correspondent
Mandel, Arthur
Legislative Director; Senior Legislative Assistant
Abedrabbo, Fahim
Field Representative; Intern Coordinator
Anderson, Celia
Field Representative; Caseworker
DeAngelo, Michelle
Field Director; Scheduler
Monahan, Aileen
Scheduler; Intern Coordinator
Rendina, Peter
Special Assistant to the Congressman
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Bill Pascrell Committees
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Bill Pascrell Biography
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  • Elected: 1996, 9th term.
  • District: New Jersey 9
  • Born: Jan. 25, 1937, Paterson
  • Home: Paterson
  • Education:

    Fordham U., B.A. 1959, M.A. 1961

  • Professional Career:

    High Schl. teacher, 1960–74; Dir., Paterson Dept. of Public Works, 1974–77; Dir., Paterson Dept. of Policy, 1977–87.

  • Military Career:

    Army, 1961; Army Reserves, 1962–67.

  • Political Career:

    Pres., Paterson Bd. of Ed., 1979–82; NJ Assembly, 1987–97, Minority ldr. pro tem; Paterson mayor, 1990–97.

  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Religion:

    Catholic

  • Family: Married (Elsie); 3 children

Bill Pascrell, elected in 1996, is a kind of a Democratic version of Gov. Chris Christie: He shares Christie’s feisty Jersey-guy demeanor and can be candid about expressing his displeasure with his party. Read More

Bill Pascrell, elected in 1996, is a kind of a Democratic version of Gov. Chris Christie: He shares Christie’s feisty Jersey-guy demeanor and can be candid about expressing his displeasure with his party.

He grew up in Paterson, the grandson of Italian immigrants. His father worked for the railroad, and Pascrell was the first one in his family to graduate from college. He worked his way through Fordham University, served in the Army, and then taught high school for 14 years. From there Pascrell went into politics, first as director of Paterson’s public works department, and then as school board president. In 1987, he was elected to the New Jersey Assembly. In 1990, Pascrell was elected mayor of Paterson but continued to serve in the Assembly—a common practice in New Jersey until the legislature voted in 2007 to stop the practice.

In 1996, Pascrell challenged first-term U.S. Rep. Bill Martini, a Republican, whom Pascrell portrayed as the tool of an “extremist” House leadership; his ads showed Martini’s face on a puppet being manipulated by Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Despite Martini’s support from the Sierra Club and labor unions, Pascrell won 51%-48%.

In the House, Pascrell has compiled a liberal record on economics and a more moderate one on cultural and foreign issues. He has voted for some restrictions on abortion, including a parental notification requirement. In 2002, he voted to authorize the use of force in Iraq, and, on the Homeland Security Committee, he was a voice for strengthening homeland defense, calling for improved communications among first responders. “How is it we can talk to people on the moon, but we can’t talk one block away?” Pascrell asked. In February 2011, he also succeeded in restoring $510 million in fire department grants that Republicans had wanted to chop. Pascrell is also a big supporter of the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) office. After the program was targeted for budget cuts, Pascrell and Rep. Dave Reichert, R-Wash., in 2011 won House passage of a measure to restore $199 million to the office.

At home, Pascrell endeared himself to Bruce Springsteen fans when he joined them in their gripes against Ticketmaster after the ticket service advertised drastically marked-up seats through a subsidiary’s website just minutes after several of the Jersey rocker’s shows had sold out. When Russian businessman Mikhail Prokhorov sought to buy the New Jersey Nets basketball team in 2010, Pascrell called for an investigation into Prokhorov’s investment bank’s ties with Zimbabwe for possible violations of U.S. sanctions. The National Basketball Association called his claims misinformed and approved the sale, a move Pascrell called “extremely short-sighted.”

As a member of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, Pascrell has worked with labor and consumer groups to promote “fair trade,” and to expand the Trade Adjustment Assistance program for workers who have lost their jobs. Two other pet projects of his were successful: A bill to designate Paterson’s Great Falls as a 120-acre national park, which was enacted in 2009. And the following year, the House passed his bill calling for development of a new set of concussion-management guidelines for student athletes.

As his party’s political fortunes declined in 2010, Pascrell was among the Democrats who was open in venting his frustrations. When White House spokesman Robert Gibbs speculated that the Democrats’ House majority was in doubt in the 2010 election, Pascrell told The Washington Post,“What the hell do they think we’ve been doing the last 12 months? We’re the ones who have been taking the tough votes.” During the debt ceiling standoff in the summer of 2011, Pascrell said his own party should shoulder some of the blame. He criticized House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi for refusing to accept any deal with cuts to entitlement programs.

Pascrell has harbored ambitions for statewide office and expressed interest in running for governor in 2001. But his support of former Gov. Jim Florio in the 2000 Senate Democratic primary against Jon Corzine left him on the losing side of the state’s Democratic establishment. In 2005, he supported Corzine for governor in the hopes of succeeding him in the Senate, but the appointment went to U.S. Rep. Robert Menendez.

Since his first election to the House, Pascrell had received at least 62% of the vote against weak challengers. But the 2011 round of redistricting put his comfortable House seat in jeopardy. The new 9th District included his home base of Paterson, but it contained a large share of Democratic colleague Steve Rothman’s old Bergen County-based district. Although the new district didn’t include Rothman’s home, Rothman moved to Englewood to run in the 9th, setting up a primary showdown against Pascrell.

Throughout the campaign, Pascrell hammered Rothman for running against him rather than taking on Republican Scott Garrett in the newly drawn 5th District. Rothman portrayed himself as the “Democrat’s Democrat,” although their voting records were quite similar. He also attacked Pascrell’s record on abortion rights, while Pascrell touted his work on President Barack Obama’s 2010 health care law.

The race became a game of turnout, with Pascrell’s Passaic County machine up against the Rothman Bergen County team. Former President Bill Clinton endorsed Pascrell. Although Obama officially remained neutral, his top political adviser David Axelrod campaigned for Rothman. In the end, the race was not even close. Pascrell won 61%-39%.

In the general election, he had an even easier time against Republican Shmuley Boteach, a celebrity rabbi who wrote a best-selling book for couples entitled Kosher Sex. Although billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson spent $1 million on super PAC ads promoting Boteach, Pascrell won 74%-25%.

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Bill Pascrell Election Results
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2012 General
Bill Pascrell (D)
Votes: 162,822
Percent: 73.97%
Shmuley Boteach (R)
Votes: 55,091
Percent: 25.03%
2012 Primary
Bill Pascrell (D)
Votes: 31,435
Percent: 61.18%
Steven Rothman (D)
Votes: 19,947
Percent: 38.82%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (63%), 2008 (71%), 2006 (71%), 2004 (69%), 2002 (67%), 2000 (67%), 1998 (62%), 1996 (51%)
Bill Pascrell Votes and Bills
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National Journal’s rating system is an objective method of analyzing voting. The liberal score means that the lawmaker’s votes were more liberal than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The conservative score means his votes were more conservative than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The composite score is an average of a lawmaker’s six issue-based scores. See all NJ Voting

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2013 2012 2011
Economic 87 (L) : 13 (C) 81 (L) : 18 (C) 82 (L) : 17 (C)
Social 72 (L) : 27 (C) 77 (L) : 22 (C) 71 (L) : 28 (C)
Foreign 83 (L) : 15 (C) - (L) : - (C) 64 (L) : 33 (C)
Composite 81.2 (L) : 18.8 (C) - (L) : - (C) 73.2 (L) : 26.8 (C)
Interest Group Ratings

The vote ratings by 10 special interest groups provide insight into a lawmaker’s general ideology and the degree to which he or she agrees with the group’s point of view. Two organizations provide just one combined rating for 2011 and 2012, the two sessions of the 112th Congress. They are the ACLU and the ITIC. About the interest groups.

20112012
FRC00
LCV9477
CFG317
ITIC-67
NTU1011
20112012
COC33-
ACLU-69
ACU00
ADA7595
AFSCME100-
Key House Votes

The key votes show how a member of Congress voted on the major bills of the year. N indicates a "no" vote; Y a "yes" vote. If a member voted "present" or was absent, the bill caption is not shown. For a complete description of the bills included in key votes, see the Almanac's Guide to Usage.

    • Pass GOP budget
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • End fiscal cliff
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Extend payroll tax cut
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Stop student loan hike
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Repeal health care
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Raise debt limit
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Pass cut, cap, balance
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Defund Planned Parenthood
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Repeal lightbulb ban
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Add endangered listings
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Speed troop withdrawal
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Regulate financial firms
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Pass tax cuts for some
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Stop detainee transfers
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Legalize immigrants' kids
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Repeal don't ask, tell
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Limit campaign funds
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Overturn Ledbetter
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass $820 billion stimulus
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Let guns in national parks
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass cap-and-trade
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Bar federal abortion funds
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass health care bill
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Bail out financial markets
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2008
    • Repeal D.C. gun law
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2008
    • Overhaul FISA
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2008
    • Increase minimum wage
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Expand SCHIP
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Raise CAFE standards
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Share immigration data
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Foreign aid abortion ban
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Ban gay bias in workplace
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Withdraw troops 8/08
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • No operations in Iran
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Free trade with Peru
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
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