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Albio Sires (D)
|Leadership:||No leadership position|
|Committees:||House Committee on Foreign Affairs, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure|
|(subcommittees and past assignments)|
| Next election: Nov. 6, 2012
Primary challenge: N/a
Incumbent running: Yes, for a different seat
2012 candidates for NJ-08
|Confirmed:||Albio Sires, Michael Shurin, Maria Karczewski, Anthony Zanowic|
|Possible:||None so far|
|Out:||None so far|
|(more info & editing for NJ-08)|
Record and controversies
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Sires was born in Cuba in 1951. He went to St. Peter's College on a basketball scholarship then earned a master's degree at Middlebury College. He taught English and Spanish before becoming interested in politics while working on the campaign of a fellow teacher.
In 1987, Gov. Tom Kean appointed him to a position in the state Department of Community Affairs. Sires served as mayor of West New York from 1995 until he decided to run for U.S. Congress. From 2002-2006 he also served in the New Jersey state legislature, where he was elected Speaker of the Assembly. Serving in this position, he became acting governor on several occasions when the elected governor was out of the state. In this capacity, he signed several bills into law. Sires was the first Hispanic to hold either of these positions in New Jersey. 
Sires sought election to the U.S. House of Representatives from New Jersey's 13th District and for the special election to complete the final two months of Bob Menendez's term. Menendez moved up to the United States Senate to fill the seat vacated by Governor of New Jersey Jon Corzine.
In the June 6, 2006 primary, Sires beat [Perth Amboy, and fellow assemblyman, Joseph Vas, capturing almost 75% of the vote. In the special primary to fill the remaining two months, Sires won approximately 90% of the vote, defeating James Geron, almost assuring Sires of a Congressional seat as no Republican is seeking the term.
Money in politics
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The following is drawn from government records of campaign contributions to Albio Sires. Campaign contributions are one of the most direct conduits for influencing members of Congress. How to use this information.
The "revolving door" refers to the passage of staffers between government and industry employment. Former staff for members of Congress often use the connections and knowledge they gained as public employees to help their new employers – often lobbying firms – influence their former employers and institutions.
Privately funded travel
The following is drawn from Albio Sires's travel disclosure forms. Corporations and other organizations can pay for trips by members of Congress and their staff as long as it is related to official business (though some trips have been glorified junkets). How to use this information.
The following is drawn from Albio Sires's personal financial disclosure forms. Close study of the data has often revealed conflicts of interest by members of Congress. How to use this information.
Committees and Affiliations
- House Committee on Financial Services
- Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Insurance, and Government Sponsored Enterprises
- Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity
- House Committee on Foreign Affairs
- Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific
- Subcommittee on Europe and Emerging Threats
- Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere
More Background Data
35 Journal Square, Suite 906
Jersey City, NJ 07306
West New York:
5500 Palisades Avenue, Suite A
West New York, NJ 07093
100 Cooke Avenue, 2nd Floor
Carteret, N.J. 07008
Bayonne City Hall
630 Avenue C, Room 4
Bayonne, N.J. 07002
Articles and Resources
- Albio Sires for Congress, official campaign site.