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 Nov 19, 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
- Securities, Insurance, and Investment subcommittee Chair
- Senate Committee on Finance
Menendez was the primary sponsor of 33 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 1064: RENACER Act
- S. 1041: RENACER Act
- 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
Does 33 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. 3235: Small Business Lending Disclosure Act of 2021
- S. 3217: A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide special …
- S. 3220: Traveling Exotic Animal and Public Safety Protection Act of 2021
- S. 3199: Ethiopia Peace and Democracy Promotion Act of 2021
- S.Con.Res. 20: A concurrent resolution condemning the October 25, 2021, military coup in Sudan and …
- S. 3155: Jamal Khashoggi Human Rights Act
- S. 3128: National Flood Insurance Program Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2021
From Jan 2006 to Nov 2021, Menendez missed 155 of 5,067 roll call votes, which is 3.1%. This is worse than the median of 1.7% 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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