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Rob Andrews

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 1st district
Assumed office 
November 6, 1990
Preceded by Jim Florio

Born August 4, 1957 (1957-08-04) (age 52)
Camden, New Jersey
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Camille Andrews
Children Jackie and Josie
Residence Haddon Heights, New Jersey
Alma mater Bucknell University, Cornell University
Occupation college professor
Religion Episcopalian

Robert Ernest "Rob" Andrews (born August 4, 1957) is an American Democratic Party politician from New Jersey, who is currently serving as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing New Jersey's 1st congressional district (map).

In the 2008 Democratic primary election, Andrews unsuccessfully challenged the incumbent U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg. He subsequently announced his intention to run for another term in the House of Representatives.



Andrews was born in Camden, New Jersey and currently lives in nearby Haddon Heights. He attended Triton Regional High School in Runnemede.[1] Andrews graduated from Bucknell University in 1979 with a B.A. in political science. He later attended Cornell University Law School, earning his J.D. degree in 1982. For several years, Andrews was involved in legal education as a member of Cornell Law Review's board of editors; he also was an adjunct professor at Rutgers University-Camden Law School .

Andrews is married to Camille Spinello Andrews, an Associate Dean of Enrollment and Projects at Rutgers School of Law - Camden. They have two daughters, Jackie and Josie.[2]

From 1983 onward, Andrews had a private law practice. In 1987, he was elected as a member of the Camden County Board of Chosen Freeholders. In 1990, after a 15-year incumbent James Florio resigned from the House of Representatives to take office as Governor of New Jersey, Andrews won a special election to succeed him. He won a full term later that year and has been re-elected seven times without serious opposition.

In 1997 and 2001, Andrews unsuccessfully campaigned for the Democratic nomination for Governor of New Jersey. In 1997, Andrews fell some 5,000 votes short of winner Jim McGreevey, out of 350,000 votes cast.[3] Andrews was reportedly considering a primary challenge in 2005, before McGreevey's resignation.

Andrews is generally considered a moderate by New Jersey Democratic standards. The New York Times has characterized Congressman Andrews as "fiscally conservative...and socially moderate."[4] Rep. Andrews has a lifetime rating of 17.24 (and a 2007 rating of 0) from the American Conservative Union and a 2007 rating of 100 from Americans for Democratic Action.[5][6]. He has a liberal rating of 76.2 and a conservative rating of 23.8 from the National Journal.[7]

Rep. Andrews has served for his entire Congressional career on the House Committee on Education and Labor. He was the Democratic leader and Ranking Member on the Education Subcommittee on Employer-Employee Relations, and is currently the Chairman of the Education Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions which has responsibility for the health insurance, pension and labor laws of the nation. Rep. Andrews also serves on the House Armed Services Committee, which maintains jurisdiction over funding for the military forces.

Using Amtrak to commute from his Haddon Heights home while Congress is in session so that he can be closer to his family and constituents, Andrews does not maintain a residence in Washington, D.C.. Andrews is an ardent supporter of Amtrak subsidies.

While Andrews had been frequently mentioned as a possible replacement for Jon Corzine's United States Senate seat after Corzine's November 2005 gubernatorial victory, Bob Menendez was eventually chosen by Corzine to fill the vacancy. Andrews had informally announced his plan to run in the 2006 Democratic primary against Menendez, but in January 2006 announced that he would run for a ninth full term in the House and seek the Senate seat in 2008 if Senator Frank Lautenberg retired.

Congressman Andrews faced no Republican opponent in the 2002 and the 2006 Congressional race.

Andrews voted for the Secure Fence Act of 2006, authorizing the erection of a 700-mile fence across the U.S.-Mexico border.

On October 10, 2002, Rob Andrews was among the 81 House Democrats who voted in favor of authorizing the invasion of Iraq (126 Democrats in the House were opposed) and was the only Democratic member of the New Jersey Congressional delegation to co-sponsor the Iraq Resolution.[8] [9] In 2005, he voted in favor of amending the U.S. Constitution to prohibit desecration of the American flag. The proposed amendment was later defeated in the Senate.[10]. In the same year he voted for the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act which makes it more difficult for individuals to declare bankruptcy under Chapter 7 and encourages declaration of bankruptcy under Chapter 13.[11]

Senators Frank Lautenberg, Bob Menendez,[12] and Andrews[13] were the only members of the New Jersey Democratic Congressional Delegation to vote for the Military Commissions Act of 2006. He was also involved in proposing a bill for sanctioning Iran in 2007. The Iran Sanctions Enhancement Act of 2007 targets any company or individual that provides Iran with refined petroleum products or engages in an activity that could contribute to the enhancement of Iran's ability to import refined products after December 31 2007.[14]

Andrews is a superdelegate within the Democratic Party and prior to the New Jersey primary he endorsed Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination.[15] Following the results from the Indiana and North Carolina primaries Andrews stated that he believed Senator Barack Obama would win the nomination and that the party should unite behind him. However he did not switch his vote as a superdelegate from Clinton to Obama stating that "such a move might 'retard' the process of unifying the party".[16]

2008 Senate election

On 2 April 2008, Andrews announced he would challenge incumbent Senator Frank Lautenberg in the 2008 Democratic primary in New Jersey. Andrews also announced that he would not seek reelection to his U.S. House district in 2008.[17] His wife, Camille Andrews stood as a candidate for his U.S. House seat instead, although she said she might withdraw in favor of another candidate chosen by the party. [18]

Andrews was beaten by Lautenberg in the Senate primary, but Camille Andrews won the Democratic primary for his seat in the House. After losing to Lautenberg, Rob Andrews decided to run for re-election to his House seat; Camille withdrew her candidacy on September 3, and Rob Andrews announced that on September 4 that he would take her place as the Democratic candidate. Despite strong public opinion to the contrary, he maintained that his wife had not been merely a placeholder candidate and said that he had only decided to run for re-election a week before he announced it; according to Andrews, his change of heart was a result of personal reflection: "I just looked deep into what I believe in and decided that this is what I had to do."[19]

Committee assignments

Electoral history

New Jersey's 1st congressional district: Results 1990–2008[20][21]
Year Democrat Votes Pct Republican Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct
1990 Rob Andrews 72,415 54% Daniel J. Mangini 57,299 43% Jerry Zeldin Libertarian 1,592 1% Walter E. Konstanty Pride and Honesty 1,422 1% William H. Harris Populist 1,066 1%
1992 Rob Andrews 153,525 67% Lee A. Solomon 65,123 29% James E. Smith Pro-Life Pro-Family Veteran 3,761 2% Jerry Zeldin Libertarian 2,641 1% Kenneth L. Lowndes Pro-Life Independent Conservative 2,163 1% Nicholas Pastuch America First Populist 859 <1%
1994 Rob Andrews 108,155 72% James N. Hogan 41,505 28%
1996 Rob Andrews 160,413 76% Mel Suplee 44,287 21% Michael Edmondson Independent 2,668 1% Patricia A. Bily Independent 1,873 1% Norman E. Wahner Independent 1,493 1%
1998 Rob Andrews 90,279 73% Ronald L. Richards 27,855 23% David E. West, Jr. Independent 1,684 1% Joseph W. Stockman Independent 1,324 1% Edward Forchion Independent 1,257 1% James E. Barber Independent 943 1%
2000 Rob Andrews 167,327 76% Charlene Cathcart 46,455 21% Catherine L. Parrish Independent 3,090 1% Edward Forchion Independent 1,959 1% Joseph A. Patalivo Independent 781 <1%
2002 Rob Andrews 121,846 93% (no candidate) Timothy Haas Libertarian 9,543 7%
2004 Rob Andrews 201,163 75% S. Daniel Hutchison 66,109 25% Arturo F. Croce E Pluribus Unum 931 <1%
2006 Rob Andrews 140,110 100% (no candidate)
2008 Rob Andrews 191,796 72% Dale M. Glading 70,466 26% Matthew Thieke Green 1,778 <1% Margaret Chapman Back to Basics 1,188 <1% Everitt M. Williams, III Think Independently 954 <1% Alvin Lindsay Lindsay for Congress 483 <1%


  1. ^ Robert Ernest Andrews, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed October 7, 2007.
  2. ^ Profile of Camille Spinello Andrews from Rutgers School of Law - Camden, accessed December 23, 2006
  3. ^ Pulley, Brett. "McGreevey Wins Democratic Nod for Governor", The New York Times, June 4, 1997. Accessed November 28, 2007.
  4. ^ Robert E. Andrews - First District of New Jersey
  5. ^ ACU Ratings
  6. ^ Ratings on liberal issues collated by Project Vote Smart
  7. ^ National Journal's 2007 Vote Ratings for New Jersey
  8. ^ House Roll Call 455 Office of the Clerk
  9. ^ H.J.RES.114 Co-sponsors The Library of Congress
  10. ^ votes database/Key Votes by Robert Andrews
  11. ^ House Roll Call 108 Office of the Clerk
  12. ^ Roll Call Vote On Passage of the Bill S. 3930 As Amended
  14. ^ US lawmakers target Iran gasoline imports in new sanctions bill
  15. ^ Press Release: Gov. Corzine, NJ Officials Endorse Clinton
  16. ^ "Andrews: Time for Democrats to unite" May 13, 2008 The Star-Ledger
  17. ^ "Lautenberg to Face Primary Challenge", The New York Times, April 2, 2008.
  18. ^ Margolin, Josh; Schwaneberg, Robert (2008-04-08), "Camille Andrews: I'm running for real", The Star-Ledger,, retrieved 2008-05-17  
  19. ^ "Wife bows out, so Rep. Andrews can run", UPI, September 4, 2008.
  20. ^ "Election Statistics". Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives. Retrieved 2008-01-10.  
  21. ^ NJVoter Info, for 2008 results.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
James Florio
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by


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