Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey has dedicated his life to fighting for those who have been left out, left behind, or left without a voice.
Booker attended Stanford University on a football scholarship, studied in Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship, and graduated from Yale Law School. In 1996, Booker moved to Newark, New Jersey, and founded a nonprofit organization to provide legal services for low-income families, helping tenants take on slumlords, improve their living conditions, and stay in their homes. In 1998, Booker moved into the Brick Towers housing project in Newark, where he lived until its demolition in 2006. Booker still lives in Newarkâs Central Ward today, around the corner from where Brick Towers once stood.
At age twenty-nine, Booker was elected to the Newark City Council, where he challenged the cityâs entrenched political machine and fought to improve living conditions for city residents, increase public safety, and reduce crime.
Starting in 2006, Booker served as Newarkâs mayor for more than seven years. During his tenure, the city entered its largest period of economic growth since the 1960s. In addition, overall crime declined and the quality of life for residents improved due to initiatives such as more affordable housing, new green spaces and parks, increased educational opportunities, and more efficient city services.
On October 16th, 2013, Booker won a special election and became the first African-American to represent New Jersey in the United States Senate. In 2014, Senator Booker was re-elected to a full six year term.
In the Senate, Booker has fought to resist President Trumpâs damaging policies and blatant disregard for fundamental American values. Heâs led efforts to block repeal of the Affordable Care Act, stop Brett Kavanaughâs nomination to the Supreme Court, protect Special Counsel Robert Muellerâs investigation from interference by the President, and more.
Booker is fighting to advance economic justice, advancing policies that will increase wages and ensure hard work is fairly rewarded, like a model for a federal jobs guarantee program, and working against corporate consolidation and anti-competitive behavior that holds down worker pay and upward mobility.
And Booker is leading the fight for equal justice -- championing common sense criminal justice reforms, introducing landmark legislation to legalize marijuana nationwide, and standing up for the rights of all Americans to breathe clean air and drink clean water.
Booker serves on the Senate's committees on the Judiciary; Foreign Relations; Environment and Public Works; and Small Business and Entrepreneurship.