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Sen. Robert Torricelli

Former Senator for New Jersey

Torricelli was a senator from New Jersey and was a Democrat. He served from 1997 to 2002.

He was previously the representative for New Jersey’s 9th congressional district as a Democrat from 1983 to 1996.


On Jul. 30, 2002, the Senate Select Committee on Ethics investigated Torricelli for violating Senate gift rules and creating the appearance of impropriety and admonished him for creating the appearance of impropriety. In 2002, he did not run for reelection.

Jul. 30, 2002 Senate Select Committee on Ethics admonished him for creating the appearance of impropriety
2002 He did not run for reelection.
Photo of Sen. Robert Torricelli [D-NJ, 1997-2002]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Torricelli is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 2002 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 Torricelli sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 7, 1997 to Nov 20, 2002. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Torricelli was the primary sponsor of 6 bills that were enacted:

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Does 6 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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Torricelli sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (22%) Economics and Public Finance (14%) Commerce (13%) Health (13%) Law (12%) Crime and Law Enforcement (11%) Science, Technology, Communications (8%) Social Welfare (7%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Torricelli recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1997 to Nov 2002, Torricelli missed 83 of 1,917 roll call votes, which is 4.3%. This is much worse than the median of 1.8% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Nov 2002. 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

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: