|U.S. Senator from New Jersey|
From: January 18, 2006 – Present
|Successor||Incumbent (no successor)|
|U.S. Representative from New Jersey's 13th District|
From: January 5, 1993 – January 18, 2006
|Spouse(s)||Jane Menendez (div.)|
Robert "Bob" Menendez (born January 1, 1954) is the junior United States Senator from New Jersey and a member of the Democratic Party. After being appointed to fill the vacant Senate seat left by Governor Jon Corzine, Menendez was elected to a term in his own right with 53% of the vote in 2006. He has voted with his Democrat colleagues 97.2% of the time.  In the 2010 midterm elections, Menendez is chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
Previously he served as a U.S. Representative for New Jersey's 13th congressional district.
In 2009, some citizens started a campaign to recall him from office, on the grounds that he had failed in his duty to represent them properly and to uphold the United States Constitution, as any Senator swears to do. New Jersey state law requires a minimum number of signatures equivalent to at least 25% of the prior general election’s registered voters in order to grant a special recall election.
Most recently, the New Jersey Division of Elections, in a long-delayed response to the Recall Committee's Notice of Intention, declared it inherently illegal on the ground that States may not recall their Senators mid-term, because only the Senate can judge the qualifications of its own membership. The Menendez Recall Committee will appeal.
- [http://projects.washingtonpost.com/congress/members/m000639/ Source: The Washington Post
- Sussex County Tea Party Committee Announces Campaign to Recall Senator Robert Menendez
- Hurlbut T, "NJ division of elections says Menendez recall illegal," Essex County Conservative Examiner, <http://www.examiner.com/Newark>, 14 Jan 2010.