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.
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 2018 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 liberal–conservative 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 6, 2015 to Oct 16, 2019. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Robert “Bob” Menendez 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
- Member, Subcommittee on Health Care
- Member, Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs, and Global Competitiveness
- Member, Subcommittee on Taxation and IRS Oversight
Menendez was the primary sponsor of 21 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 427: Autism CARES Act of 2019
- S. 3209 (115th): A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 413 Washington Avenue in Belleville, New Jersey, as the “Private Henry Svehla Post ...
- S. 3233: Nicaragua Human Rights and Anticorruption Act of 2018
- S. 3291: A bill to reauthorize the New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail Route, and for other purposes.
- S. 382: Firefighter Cancer Registry Act of 2018
- S. 484: U.S. Territories Investor Protection Act of 2017
- S. 3083 (114th): Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act of 2016
Does 21 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.J.Res. 57: A joint resolution opposing the decision to end certain United States efforts to ...
- S.Res. 357: A resolution celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi.
- S.Res. 352: A resolution recognizing Hispanic Heritage Month and celebrating the heritage and culture of ...
- S. 2537: Ukraine Foreign Assistance Integrity and Accountability Act of 2019
- S.Res. 321: A resolution designating September 2019 as “National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month”.
- S.Res. 319: A resolution designating the week beginning September 16, 2019, as National Hispanic-Serving Institutions ...
- S. 2478: Bahamas Temporary Protected Status Act of 2019
From Jan 2006 to Oct 2019, Menendez missed 148 of 4,201 roll call votes, which is 3.5%. This is worse than the median of 1.5% 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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