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Rep. Robert Jacobsen Menendez

Representative for New Jersey’s 8th District

Menendez is the representative for New Jersey’s 8th congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. He has served since Jan 3, 2023. Menendez is next up for reelection in 2024 and serves until Jan 3, 2025. He is 38 years old.

Photo of Rep. Robert Jacobsen Menendez [D-NJ8]


Menendez proposed $39 million in earmarks for fiscal year 2024, including:

  • $5 million to County of Hudson, New Jersey for “Reconstruction of the Newark Jersey City Turnpike”
  • $5 million to City of Elizabeth, New Jersey for “Elizabeth Lead Service Line Replacement”
  • $5 million to Urban League of Union County, Inc. for “Urban League of Union County Workforce Project”

These are earmark requests which may or may not survive the legislative process to becoming law. Most representatives from both parties requested earmarks for fiscal year 2024. Across representatives who requested earmarks, the median total amount requested for this fiscal year was $39 million.

Earmarks are federal expenditures, tax benefits, or tariff benefits requested by a legislator for a specific entity. Rather than being distributed through a formula or competitive process administered by the executive branch, earmarks may direct spending where it is most needed for the legislator's district. All earmark requests in the House of Representatives are published online for the public to review. We don’t have earmark requests for senators. The fiscal year begins on October 1 of the prior calendar year. Source: Background: Earmark Disclosure Rules in the House

Committee Membership

Robert Jacobsen Menendez sits on the following committees:

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Menendez sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Transportation and Public Works (100%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Menendez recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Missed Votes

From Jan 2023 to Sep 2023, Menendez missed 3 of 455 roll call votes, which is 0.7%. This is better than the median of 1.8% among the lifetime records of representatives 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, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

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