Menéndez is the senior senator from New Jersey and is a Democrat. He has served since Jan 18, 2006. Menéndez is next up for reelection in 2018.
He was previously the representative for New Jersey’s 13th congressional district as a Democrat from 1993 to 2006.
Menendez was investigated for unspecified misconduct in 2012. The Senate investigation was halted during his investigation and trial for corruption and bribery which resulted in a mistrial. In April 2018, the Senate Select Committee on Ethics admonished Senator Menendez for violating Senate rules and ordered him to repay any remaining outstanding value of impermissable gifts.
|Nov. 16, 2017||Senate Select Committee on Ethics reopened its investigation after Menendez's corruption and bribery case ended in a mistrial|
|Apr. 26, 2018||Senate Select Committee on Ethics admonished Senator Menendez for violating Senate rules and ordered him to repay any remaining outstanding value of impermissable gifts|
Read our 2017 Report Card for Menéndez.
Menéndez is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the Senate positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Menéndez has sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Robert “Bob” Menéndez sits on the following committees:
Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
- Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy
- Ex Officio, Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy
- Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation
- Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Multilateral International Development, Multilateral Institutions, and International Economic, Energy, and Environmental Policy
- Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Near East, South Asia, Central Asia, and Counterterrorism
- Ex Officio, Subcommittee on State Department and USAID Management, International Operations, and Bilateral International Development
- Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women's Issues
Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
- Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation, and Community Development
- Member, Subcommittee on Economic Policy
- Member, Subcommittee on Securities, Insurance, and Investment
- Senate Committee on Finance
Menéndez was the primary sponsor of 16 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 484: U.S. Territories Investor Protection Act of 2017
- S. 3083 (114th): Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act of 2016
- S. 2413 (114th): TOTAL Act of 2015
- S. 1811 (114th): Superstorm Sandy Relief and Disaster Loan Program Improvement Act of 2015
- S. 2142 (113th): Venezuela Defense of Human Rights and Civil Society Act of 2014
- S. 1683 (113th): A bill to provide for the transfer of naval vessels to certain foreign recipients, and for other purposes.
- S. 2124 (113th): Support for the Sovereignty, Integrity, Democracy, and Economic Stability of Ukraine Act of 2014
We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).
Menéndez sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Some of Menéndez’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 2954: A bill to provide for the award of medals or other commendations to ...
- S. 2963: A bill to repeal the prohibition on the transfer of articles on the ...
- S. 2926: A bill to amend part B of title IV of the Social Security ...
- S. 2915: A bill to protect alien victims of crime or serious labor or employment ...
- S.Res. 510: A resolution expressing support for the designation of the month of May 2018 ...
- S. 2820: Repeal the Trump Tax Hike on Victims of Sexual Harassment Act of 2018
- S.Res. 496: A resolution recognizing April 30, 2018, as “El Dia de los Ninos-Celebrating Young ...
|Menéndez’s Vote||Vote Description|
On the Nomination PN755: Tilman Eugene Self III, of Georgia, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Georgia
Mar 5, 2018. Nomination Confirmed 85/11.
H.R. 1892: Further Extension of Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018; Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2018, the SUSTAIN Care Act of 2018; Family First Prevention Services Act.; Honoring Hometown ...
Feb 9, 2018. Motion Agreed to 71/28.
This bill became the vehicle for passage of funding for the federal government through March 23, 2018, to avert a government shutdown that would have occurred on February 9, 2018 had this bill not been enacted. The bill was introduced as the Honoring Hometown Heroes ...
S. 89: A bill to amend title 46, United States Code, to exempt old vessels that only operate within inland waterways from the fire-retardant materials requirement if the ...
Apr 3, 2017. Bill Passed 85/12.
H.R. 5325: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017
Sep 28, 2016. Bill Passed 72/26.
H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act
Dec 3, 2015. Conference Report Agreed to 83/16.
H.R 22, formerly the Hire More Heroes Act, has become the Senate’s vehicle for passage of the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act or DRIVE Act (S. 1647). The DRIVE Act is a major bipartisan transportation bill that would authorize funding ...
H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 18, 2014. Joint Resolution Passed 78/22.
S. 1789 (112th): 21st Century Postal Service Act of 2012
Apr 25, 2012. Bill Passed 62/37.
H.R. 3606 (112th): Jumpstart Our Business Startups
Mar 22, 2012. Bill Passed 73/26.
S. 365 (112th): Budget Control Act of 2011
Aug 2, 2011. Motion Agreed to 74/26.
The Budget Control Act of 2011 (Pub.L. 112–25, S. 365, 125 Stat. 240, enacted August 2, 2011) is a federal statute in the United States that was signed into law by President Barack Obama on August 2, 2011. The Act brought conclusion to the United ...
H.R. 4853 (111th): Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010
Dec 15, 2010. Motion Agreed to 81/19.
The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (Pub.L. 111–312, H.R. 4853, 124 Stat. 3296, enacted December 17, 2010), also known as the 2010 Tax Relief Act, was passed by the United States Congress on December 16, 2010, and signed into ...
From Jan 2006 to May 2018, Menéndez missed 145 of 3,713 roll call votes, which is 3.9%. This is much worse than the median of 1.4% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
|Time Period||Votes Eligible||Missed Votes||Percent||Percentile|
The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: