U.S. Rep. Bob Menendez to Address Rowan GraduatesApril 29, 2005
2,275 to Participate in Commencement on May 13
U.S. Rep. Bob Menendez (D, NJ) will be the speaker when 2,275 undergraduate and graduate students take part in commencement ceremonies on Friday, May 13, at 10 a.m. on the University Green in front of Bunce Hall at Rowan University.
In his seventh term in the U.S. House of Representatives, Menendez has a long history of serving New Jersey and the United States.
A Union City native and representative of the state?s 13th Congressional District, which is along the Hudson River and overlooks the Statue of Liberty, Menendez has risen rapidly to the highest levels of influence in the U.S. House and the highest levels of prominence in American political life.
Today, he is serving his second term as the chairman of the Democratic Caucus, a post that makes him the third-ranking Democrat in the House, the highest-ranking Hispanic in Congressional history and the only Hispanic ever elected to a leadership position in either chamber by either party.
In addition to being the first Democratic House member from New Jersey elected to a leadership post, he is also the youngest member of the elected Democratic leadership. Previously, Menendez served two consecutive terms as the vice chairman of the Democratic Caucus. During the 107th Congress, he was appointed chairman of both the Democratic Task Force on Education and the Democratic Task Force on Homeland Security, an appointment also made in recognition of the effects September 11th had on his Congressional District, which is across the Hudson River from Manhattan and Ground Zero. Working with the Homeland Security Task Force, Menendez introduced the Bioterrorism Protection Act and the United States Security Act to ensure the United States has the resources and tools it needs to respond to and prevent acts of terrorism. Menendez also served on the Select Committee on Homeland Security, which created the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
In the 108th Congress, he served on the conference committee on the intelligence reform bill and was a key negotiator in securing passage of this landmark legislation that implemented the unanimous and bipartisan recommendations of the 9/11 Commission to protect the American people from future terrorist attacks.
Internationally, the congressman is a vocal advocate for human rights. For his tireless work in this area, he was awarded the prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 1998. He currently serves as the ranking Democratic member of the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee of the House International Relations Committee, where he continues that work. As a senior member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, he has been one of the leading proponents in Congress for investing in transportation hubs, infrastructure and ports as a means to expand commerce and create jobs.
A former member of the State Assembly and State Senate -- where he authored New Jersey?s landmark bias crime law and New Jersey's telecommunications reform act -- and an attorney in private practice, Menendez received his B.A. from St. Peter?s College in Jersey City and his law degree from Rutgers University. He currently resides in Hoboken and is the father of two children, Robert and Alicia.