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Biography

Elected: Nov. 2006, 4th full term.

Born: January 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.

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.

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.

Office Contact Information

MAIN OFFICE

(202) 225-7919

(202) 226-0792

RHOB- Rayburn House Office Building Room 2342
Washington, DC 20515-3008

MAIN OFFICE

(202) 225-7919

(202) 226-0792

RHOB- Rayburn House Office Building Room 2342
Washington, DC 20515-3008

DISTRICT OFFICE

(201) 309-0301

(201) 309-0384

121 Newark Avenue Suite 200
Jersey City, NJ 07302

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121 Newark Avenue Suite 200
Jersey City, NJ 07302

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West New York, NJ 07093-2124

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DISTRICT OFFICE

(908) 820-0692

(908) 820-0694

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Elizabeth, NJ 07201

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CAMPAIGN OFFICE

6050 JFK Boulevard East Apt. 6-B
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Human Rights

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Judiciary

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Medicare

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Seniors

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Tax

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Technology

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Legislative Director

Telecommunications

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Transportation

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Veterans

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Welfare

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Legislative Director

Women

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Legislative Director

Election Results

2012 GENERAL
Albio Sires
Votes: 130,853
Percent: 77.99%
Maria Karczewski
Votes: 31,763
Percent: 18.93%
2012 PRIMARY
Albio Sires
Votes: 30,840
Percent: 89.01%
Michael Shurin
Votes: 3,808
Percent: 10.99%
2010 GENERAL
Albio Sires
Votes: 62,840
Percent: 74.11%
Henrietta Dwyer
Votes: 19,538
Percent: 23.04%
2010 PRIMARY
Albio Sires
Votes: 16,022
Percent: 86.93%
Jeff Boss
Votes: 2,409
Percent: 13.07%
2008 GENERAL
Albio Sires
Votes: 120,382
Percent: 75.36%
Joseph Turula
Votes: 34,735
Percent: 21.74%
2008 PRIMARY
Albio Sires
Votes: 26,527
Percent: 100.0%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (74%), 2008 (75%), 2006 (78%), 2006 special (97%)

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