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Rep. Albio Sires (D)

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DC Contact Information

Phone: 202-225-7919

Address: 2342 RHOB, DC 20515

Websites: sires.house.gov
State Office Contact Information

Phone: (201) 309-0301

Address: 121 Newark Avenue, Jersey City NJ 07302

West New York NJ

Phone: (201) 558-0800

Fax: (201) 617-2809

Address: 5500 Palisades Avenue, West New York NJ 07093-2124

Elizabeth NJ

Phone: (908) 820-0692

Fax: (908) 820-0694

Address: 800 Anna Street, Elizabeth NJ 07201

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Albio Sires Biography
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  • Elected: Nov. 2006, 4th full term.
  • District: New Jersey 8
  • Born: Jan. 26, 1951, Bejucal, Cuba
  • Home: West New York
  • Education:

    St. Peter’s Col., B.A. 1974, Middlebury Col., M.A. 1985

  • Professional Career:

    High schl. Spanish and ESL teacher, 1975-85; Special asst., NJ Dept. of Community Affairs, 1985; Part-owner, A.M. Title Agency, 1986-2006.

  • Political Career:

    West New York mayor, 1995-2006; NJ Assembly, 1999-2006; NJ Assembly speaker, 2002-06.

  • Ethnicity: Hispanic/Latino
  • Religion:

    Catholic

  • Family: Married (Adrienne); 1 children

Democrat Albio Sires replaced Robert Menendez, also a Democrat, after he was appointed to the Senate in January 2006. Like Menendez, Sires is a Cuban-American who has long been a political player in New Jersey’s Hudson County, and he concentrates on issues important to that area—improving roads and bridges as well as taking a tough stance against Cuba’s Castro regime. Read More

Democrat Albio Sires replaced Robert Menendez, also a Democrat, after he was appointed to the Senate in January 2006. Like Menendez, Sires is a Cuban-American who has long been a political player in New Jersey’s Hudson County, and he concentrates on issues important to that area—improving roads and bridges as well as taking a tough stance against Cuba’s Castro regime.

Sires (SEAR-eez), who was born in Cuba, remembers the book-burning following the Communist revolution there. His family fled Fidel Castro’s regime in 1962 when he was 10. He attended St. Peter’s College on a four-year basketball scholarship—he is 6-foot-4-inches—and then earned a master’s degree from Middlebury College.He became a high school Spanish teacher.

On his fourth try, he was elected mayor of West New York as a Republican in 1995, and held that post until 2006. He focused on the creation of more affordable housing in the small but densely populated town and won praise for merging the fire department with three neighboring departments. He switched parties in 1999 and, with the support of party leaders, defeated a veteran Democratic incumbent in the primary to win a state House seat (dual office-holding was then a common practice in New Jersey). With strong support from newly elected Democratic Gov. Jim McGreevey in 2002, he became speaker of the Assembly.

After newly elected Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine appointed Menendez to replace him in the U.S. Senate, Sires immediately became the front-runner for the House seat. In the primary, Sires faced a fierce challenge from Joe Vas of Perth Amboy, who likewise was a state House member and a mayor. Vas assailed Sires as a puppet of the Hudson County Democratic machine. Sires responded by depicting Vas as soft on crime and won the support of most leading Democrats, except for his longtime rival Menendez, who remained neutral.

Although Vas carried his home base of Middlesex County 76%-24%, Sires crushed him 80%-20% in Hudson County, which cast 74% of the total vote. Overall, Sires won 72%-28%. In the general election, Republicans nominated John Guarini, who raised little money and posed no threat. Sires won 78%-19%. He succeeded Menendez as the only Cuban-American House member from a state other than Florida (although Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas joined that group in 2013). Sires has been reelected easily since then.

In the House, Sires established a liberal voting record that has placed him in the middle of the pack among New Jersey’s House Democrats. He allied himself in 2007 with South Florida members who wanted to keep U.S. sanctions on Cuba in place; he joined them again three years later in opposing the Obama administration’s proposed loosening of restrictions on travel and economic aid. In 2013, he became ranking Democrat on the Foreign Affairs Committee’s Western Hemisphere panel.

On the Financial Services Committee, Sires got approval in 2007 of his bill to increase penalties, up to $1 million in some cases, for identity theft. He switched to the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and prodded the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to move quickly on solutions to raising the Bayonne Bridge’s height to accommodate larger ships. He also introduced legislation to revitalize urban parks and to help commuters find alternative ways to get to work. He got a bill into law in January 2013 to combat fraud in international adoptions by requiring accreditation for all inter-country adoption service providers.

In the 2010 election, Sires was one of the vice chairs of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, in charge of member participation and outreach. After Democrats lost their majority, he called for Speaker Nancy Pelosi to step down, although he subsequently backed her bid to become minority leader. But his comments didn’t endear him to Democratic leaders, and Roll Call newspaper reported in October 2010 that he had raised significantly less money than the other three DCCC vice chairmen.

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Albio Sires Election Results
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2012 General
Albio Sires (D)
Votes: 130,853
Percent: 77.99%
Maria Karczewski (R)
Votes: 31,763
Percent: 18.93%
2012 Primary
Albio Sires (D)
Votes: 30,840
Percent: 89.01%
Michael Shurin (D)
Votes: 3,808
Percent: 10.99%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (74%), 2008 (75%), 2006 (78%), 2006 special (97%)
Albio Sires 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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Economic 85 (L) : 14 (C) 85 (L) : 15 (C) 70 (L) : 30 (C)
Social 85 (L) : 13 (C) 72 (L) : 27 (C) 73 (L) : 25 (C)
Foreign 74 (L) : 25 (C) 74 (L) : 25 (C) 74 (L) : 26 (C)
Composite 82.0 (L) : 18.0 (C) 77.3 (L) : 22.7 (C) 72.7 (L) : 27.3 (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
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LCV8983
CFG515
ITIC-82
NTU1211
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ACLU-84
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ADA8080
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
    • 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: Y
    • 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: Y
    • 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: Y
    • 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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