Cory Booker

Cory Booker

U.S. SENATOR CORY BOOKER

D-NEW JERSEY

 

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VOTING RECORD: Project Vote Smart, Govtrack US

 

BIOGRAPHY POLITICAL CAREER
 
Party:  Democrat
 
Born:  4/27/1969
 
Education:  Stanford University (B.A., M.A.); Oxford University (M.A.); Yale Law School (J.D.)
 
Occupation:  Lawyer
 
Religion:  Baptist

Political Career: 

  • Member of the Newark City Council (1998-2002)
  • Mayor of Newark, NJ (2006-2013)
  • U.S. Senator (2013-Present)

Committees: 

  • Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
  • Committee on Environment and Public Works
  • Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship
  • Committee on Foreign Relations

Elected: 2013

 

ISRAEL


  • Committed to supporting Israel and a two-state solution
  • Believes that Israel is an advocate for freedom, equality, and democracy in the Middle East.

 

CHOICE


  • Earned a 100 percent pro-choice rating from NARAL Pro-Choice America
  • Supports Roe v. Wade
  • Supports Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive insurance coverage policy
  • Voted against the Blunt Amendment, also known as the Birth Control Refusal Law, which would have allowed any employer to refuse to cover contraception or any health service required under the health reform law for virtually any reason
  • Supported increased funding for women’s health services, which includes Title X family planning programs
  • Co-sponsored Protect Women’s Health From Corporate Interference Act (Not My Bosses Business Act). This Act was aimed at countering the Supreme Court Hobby Lobby decision and would prohibit for-profit employers that maintain a group health plan for its employees from using religious beliefs to deny employees coverage of contraception or any other vital health service required by federal law. 

 

In His Own Words


  • "From a strategic perspective, the United States must continue to support Israel as a secure homeland for the Jewish people. Simply put, where Israel’s security is at stake, America’s security is at stake. We share strategic interests, face common threats and jointly aspire to achieve peace." 1
  • “When women get involved, things change. Neighborhoods change; cities change; our nation changes -- all for the better.” 2
  •  “We cannot and will not regress on women's health and safety.”  3

SOURCES: (1) www.corybooker.com, (2) www,emilyslist.org, (3) www.emilyslist.org

Interesting Facts


Booker gained a national reputation for being a hands-on public servant during a 2010 New Jersey snow storm.  He volunteered to shovel an elderly man’s driveway himself after the man’s son asked Booker for help.

In 2012, Booker saved a woman from a house fire and suffered smoke inhalation and second degree burns on his hands.

Following the devastation from Hurricane Sandy in 2012, many Newark residents were without power. Booker, as Mayor, invited suffering residents to eat and sleep in his house.