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Frank Pallone Jr.

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 6th district
Assumed office 
January 3, 1993
Preceded by Bernard J. Dwyer

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 3rd district
In office
November 8, 1988 – January 3, 1993
Preceded by James J. Howard
Succeeded by Jim Saxton

Born October 30, 1951 (1951-10-30) (age 58)
Long Branch, New Jersey
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Sarah Hospodor
Residence Long Branch, New Jersey
Alma mater Middlebury College
Tufts University
Rutgers University
Occupation attorney
Religion Roman Catholic

Frank Pallone Jr. (born October 30, 1951 in Long Branch, New Jersey) is an American Democratic politician, who is a member of the United States House of Representatives, where he represents New Jersey's 6th district ( map). Pallone was elected to office in 1988, filling the 3rd district seat vacated by the death of James J. Howard. In redistricting following the 1990 Census, the district was effectively renumbered as the 6th district.

Pallone is a graduate of Middlebury College, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and Rutgers School of Law-Camden. Prior to being elected to the House, Pallone was a member of the Long Branch city council from 1982 to 1988 and the New Jersey Senate (the upper house of the New Jersey Legislature) from 1983 to 1988.

Congressman Pallone currently serves as Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Health within the Energy and Commerce Committee. In addition, Congressman Pallone serves as Vice Chairman of the Native American Caucus of the U.S. House of Representatives. In this capacity, Congressman Pallone has worked on a bipartisan basis to protect the inherent sovereignty of tribal governments and promote the needs of Indian Country. As a senior member of the House Resources Committee — the committee with jurisdiction over all matters regarding the relations of the United States with American Indians and Alaska Natives — he has been a defender of the sovereign status of Indian Tribal governments.

In 2002, he was awarded India's third highest civilian award, the Padma Bhushan for his contributions as member of the India Caucus in the Congress.[1]

Frank Pallone is a co-chairman of the Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues along with Congressman Joe Knollenberg[2] and was instrumental in garnering the support of 127 members (30%) of the U.S. House of Representatives for the Armenian Caucus.[3] In 2002 he was awarded the Mkhitar Gosh Medal by the President of the Republic of Armenia.[4]

He was one of the 31 who voted in the House to not count the electoral votes from Ohio in the 2004 United States presidential election. [1]

Early in 2005, Pallone announced his intentions to seek the United States Senate position held at the time by Jon Corzine. Corzine won the Democratic nomination for Governor of New Jersey in June 2005, and Pallone was the first New Jersey politician to officially seek Corzine's senate seat. Pallone launched "Pallone for New Jersey to inform New Jersey citizens of his work in the House and his desire to be New Jersey's next Senator. In January 2006, Pallone announced his endorsement of Bob Menendez for Senate in the November 2006 Election, ending his bid for the seat.

Pallone received an "A" on the Drum Major Institute's 2005 Congressional Scorecard on middle-class issues.[5]

Pallone has questioned the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on its update of flood plain maps in Monmouth County, specifically in the Bayshore area. [6]

Pallone has introduced a bill to modify (some would say weaken, others would say make more realistic) the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the U.S.'s most important set of fisheries regulations. [7]; [8]

On October 3, 2008 Rep. Pallone voted in favor of the Troubled Asset Relief Program[9] believing that the enumerated powers grant congress the authority to "purchase assets and equity from financial institutions in order to strengthen its financial sector."

In 2000, Pallone endorsed and strongly supported incumbent Monmouth County Democratic Chairman Victor V. Scudiery over then Red Bank Mayor Edward McKenna, who had the support of Middlesex County Powerbroker/Pallone enemy John Lynch and South Jersey Powerbroker George Norcross. Scudiery was re-elected county chairman by a 2 to 1 margin. In 2002, Pallone turned down an offer to replace embattled Sen. Bob Torricelli as the Democratic Nominee for US Senate by Democratic Party leaders. The slot eventually went to Sen. Frank Lautenberg who ended up winning the general election. In 2004-2005, Pallone considered a gubernatorial bid against embattled and unpopular Gov. James E. McGreevey but ended up supporting eventual party nominee winner, Gov. Jon Corzine. In 2006, Pallone joined Gov. Jon Corzine in calling on Monmouth County Democratic Party Chairman Victor V. Scudiery to resign. Scudiery refused and was re-elected unopposed in 2006. Pallone was an early and strong endorser of Sen. Hillary Clinton in the 2008 Democratic Party primaries. Pallone traveled to New Hampshire to campaign for Clinton. Clinton eventually lost the primary to Sen. Barack Obama who went on to become President. Pallone also endorsed Frank Lautenberg over Congressman Rob Andrews, who was the candidate of South Jersey Powerbroker George Norcross. Pallone harshly attacked Andrews as the 'candidate of the political boss' - Lautenberg easily won that election with Pallone and Scudiery delivering an overwhelming majority for Lautenberg in Monmouth County. In 2009, Pallone endorsed Ocean Township Board of Education Member Michael Beson for Monmouth County Freeholder over Middletown Committeeman Sean F. Byrnes, who had the support of Scudiery. Beson was crushed by a 4 to 1 margin at the April 2009 Democratic county convention. In June of 2009, Pallone endorsed incumbent Edison Mayor Jun Choi over the candidate supported by Middlesex County and Edison Democratic Party leaders. Choi lost that election as did his entire city council slate, resulting in two strong losses for Pallone in his own district. In 2009, Pallone has been a strong supporter of Gov. Jon Corzine and a fierce critic of Corzine's Republican opponent, Gov.-elect Christopher Christie.


Committee assignments


Party leadership

  • Communications Chair of the Democratic Policy Committee

Personal Life

  • Pallone lives with his wife and three children.


  1. ^ "Fund push to AIDS war", The Telegraph (Calcutta), January 12, 2004. Accessed May 26, 2007. "Pallone, a Democrat Congressman from New Jersey and recipient of the Padma Bhushan in 2002 for his contribution towards bringing India and the US closer, said America has promised to make $15 billion available to combat AIDS in 14 hard-hit countries ranging from Haiti to Kenya."
  2. ^ Armenian Caucus co-chairs call on Bush administration to renounce accusations by State Department official on Nagorno-Karabakh
  3. ^ Armenia Fund USA. Karabakh president Ghoukassian starts US tour with successful tribute gala in New York
  4. ^ Embassy of the Republic of Armenia in the USA. Remarks by Ambassador Arman Kirakossian at the Ceremony honoring Representative Frank Pallone, Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues
  5. ^ Congress at the Midterm: Their 2005 Middle-Class Record, accessed June 28, 2006.
  6. ^ "Pallone looks for FEMA flood map intermission". Gaffney, Melissa. The Courier. May 8, 2008. May 31, 2008.
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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
James J. Howard
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 3rd congressional district

Succeeded by
Jim Saxton
Preceded by
Bernard J. Dwyer
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 6th congressional district

Succeeded by


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