Meet Cory Booker

Cory Booker is currently a U.S. senator from New Jersey. He was born in Washington D.C. in 1969, and raised in Harrington Park, New Jersey.


  • Stanford University – Bachelor of Arts in political science 1991, Master of Arts in sociology 1992
  • Rhodes scholar at University at Oxford, honors degree in US history 1994
  • J.D. in law from Yale University 1997

Political career:

  • Elected councilor on the Municipal Council of Newark, New Jersey in 1998
  • Ran for mayor of Newark in 2002 and lost
  • Elected mayor of Newark in 2006
  • Re-elected mayor of Newark in 2010
  • Elected New Jersey senator in 2013 special election
  • Re-elected New Jersey senator in 2014

Political Record:

As mayor:

  • During a budget crisis, cut $60 million in spending while also cutting municipal taxes
  • Reduced city budget deficit from $180 million to $73 million
  • Reduced own salary twice
  • Doubled the amount of affordable housing development
  • Was a member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition
  • Won the Sarah Brady Visionary Award from the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence
  • Would patrol Newark streets with security team at night
  •  From 2006 to 2008, Newark led the nation in violent crime reduction
  •  In March 2010, Newark had first murder-free month in 44 years

As senator:

Serves on U.S. Senate Committees:

  • Foreign Relations
  • Judiciary
  • Small Business and Entrepreneurship
  • Environment and Public Works

Sponsored or cosponsored legislation supporting:

  • Creating tax-advantaged savings accounts for individuals with disabilities
  • Tax relief for working families
  • Paid family and medical leave benefits
  • Health care for incarcerated children
  • Disaster tax relief
  • Tax credits for businesses that hire apprentices
  • Prohibiting employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity
  • Promoting year-round school to boost achievement in low-income and low-performing districts
  • Helping police departments purchase bulletproof vests
  • Requiring the U.S. federal government to recognize same-sex marriages
  • Ensuring that women could access abortion services
  • Protecting child victims of human trafficking
  • Adjusting mandatory sentencing to reduce prison population & costs
  • Restoring voting rights for former prisoners
  • Hiring resource officers and law enforcement personnel to reduce crime in schools
  • Delaying increases in flood insurance premiums
  • Helping protect horses from abuse
  • Increasing the minimum wage for the first time since 2009
  • Extending unemployment benefits for people in emergency situations
  • Equal pay for equal work
  • Prohibiting Iran from developing nuclear weapons
  • Protecting members of the military who have been discriminated against or discharged from the military because of their sexual orientation
  • Expanded benefits for veterans
  • Encouraging capital investments in low-income communities
  • Debt-free college education

To learn more about Cory Booker’s stance on political issues, check out our page Cory Booker On The Issues.

Sourced from:

Cory Booker’s Official Homepage

Wikipedia – Cory Booker