Menendez is the senior senator from New Jersey and is a Democrat. He has served since Jan 18, 2006. Menendez is next up for reelection in 2024 and serves until Jan 3, 2025.
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 2020 Report Card for Menendez.
Menendez is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the Senate positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Menendez has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to Jun 10, 2021. See full analysis methodology.
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Robert “Bob” Menendez sits on the following committees:
Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
Africa and Global Health Policy, East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, Europe and Regional Security Cooperation, Multilateral International Development, Multilateral Institutions, and International Economic, Energy, and Environmental Policy, Near East, South Asia, Central Asia, and Counterterrorism, State Department and USAID Management, International Operations, and Bilateral International Development, Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women's Issues subcommittees
- Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
- Senate Committee on Finance
Menendez was the primary sponsor of 30 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 496: Student Loan Tax Relief Act
- S. 5074 (116th): Robert Levinson Hostage Recovery and Hostage-Taking Accountability Act
- S. 4080 (116th): Countering Global White Supremacist Terrorism Act
- S. 712 (116th): Robert Levinson Hostage Recovery and Hostage-Taking Accountability Act
- S. 2372 (116th): Save Our Seas 2.0: Enhanced Global Engagement to Combat Marine Debris Act
- S. 2051 (116th): Strengthening Average Sales Price Reporting Act of 2019
- S. 1102 (116th): Eastern Mediterranean Security and Energy Partnership Act of 2019
Does 30 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.
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).
Menendez sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Some of Menendez’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 2027: A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for the ...
- S. 2038: A bill to increase accessible transportation for individuals with disabilities.
- S. 2000: A bill to promote the United States-Greece defense partnership, and for other purposes.
- S. 1864: A bill to amend the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 to require a ...
- S. 1851: A bill to amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to permanently prohibit ...
- S.Res. 239: A resolution recognizing the 100th anniversary of the birth of Dr. Andrei Dmitrievich ...
- S.Res. 241: A resolution widening threats to freedom of the press and free expression around ...
From Jan 2006 to Jun 2021, Menendez missed 153 of 4,825 roll call votes, which is 3.2%. This is worse than the median of 1.6% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
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