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Cory A. BookerDEMDemocrat United States Senator
53
Years of Age
20
Years of Experience
NJResidence (state)

Cory Anthony Booker (born April 27, 1969) is an American politician, attorney, and author who has served as the junior United States senator from New Jersey since 2013. A member of the Democratic Party, Booker is the first African-American U.S. senator from New Jersey. He was the 38th mayor of Newark from 2006 to 2013, and served on the Municipal Council of Newark for the Central Ward from 1998 to 2002. Booker was born in Washington, D.C., and raised in Harrington Park, New Jersey. He attended Stanford University, receiving a BA in 1991 and a master's degree a year later. He attended Queen's College, Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship before attending Yale Law School. He won an upset victory for a seat on the Municipal Council of Newark in 1998, staging a 10-day hunger strike and briefly living in a tent to draw attention to urban development issues in the city. He ran for mayor in 2002 but lost to incumbent Sharpe James. He ran again in 2006 and defeated Deputy Mayor Ronald Rice. Booker's first term saw the doubling of affordable housing under development and the reduction of the city budget deficit from $180 million to $73 million.

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Campaign Funding

20
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$26,199,872
Total Raised
$22,064,386
Total Spent
$4,135,489
Cash on Hand
Top Industries  (1 - 4 of 10) View All Industries
99%
Lawyers/Law Firms$3,186,358
89%
Securities & Investment$2,863,271
46%
Real Estate$1,492,304
35%
TV/Movies/Music$1,112,774
30%
Retired$973,754
19%
Business Services$614,255
19%
Misc Finance$601,355
17%
Education$550,042
15%
Insurance$483,942
14%
Internet$447,397
Direct campaign contributions grouped by the industry industry of each donor/PAC.

Largest Contributors

Funding generally from an organization's PAC or its members/employees. Organizations did not donate directly.
Financial Data Source: Center for Responsive Politics
Education6 - 6 of 4
Yale Law School
JD
1995 - 1997
Oxford University
BA Modern History
1993 - 1994
Stanford University
MA Sociology
1988 - 1992
Stanford University
BA Political Science
1988 - 1991
Past Positions1 - 5 of 5
Senator
United States Senate
2013 - Current
Mayor
Newark, New Jersey
2006 - 2013
Member
Newark City Council
1998 - 2002
Partner
Booker, Rabinowitz, Trenk, Lubetkin, Tully, DiPasquale & Webster Professional Corporation
1992
Staff Attorney
Urban Justice Center
Other Experience1 - 17 of 17
Program Coordinator
Newark Youth Project
Former Member
Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness, United States Senate
Former Member
Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety, United States Senate
Former Member
Environment and Public Works Committee, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on the Near East, South Asia, Central Asia, and Counterterrorism, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water, and Wildlife, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security, United States Senate
Former Member
Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management, United States Senate
Former Ranking Member
Subcommittee on Superfund, Waste Management, and Regulatory Oversight, United States Senate
Former Ranking Member
Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security, United States Senate