Robert Andrews

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Committees: House Committee on Armed Services, House Committee on Budget, House Committee on Education and Labor
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Next election: Nov. 6, 2012

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Robert 'Rob' Ernest Andrews a Democrat, has represented the First Congressional District of New Jersey,in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1990.. He is challenging Senate incumbent Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) in the upcoming primary elections which will take place on June 3, 2008. Andrews lost the primary to Lautenberg, and ran in the general election for his House seat. [1]


Record and controversies

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Organization 2007 Scorecard
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American Civil Liberties Union not avail. not avail.
American Conservative Union 0 - 0/25 not avail.
AFSCME not avail. not avail.
Americans for Democratic Action 100 - 20/20 85 - 17/20
Club for Growth not avail. not avail.
Drum Major Institute not avail. not avail.
Family Research Council not avail. not avail.
Information Technology Industry Council not avail. not avail.
League of Conservation Voters not avail. not avail.
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People not avail. not avail.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce 50 - 10/20 not avail.

Iraq War

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Most recently, Rep. Andrews voted ‘yes’ to HR 3087, or Requiring Reports from the Department of Defense to Congress Regarding Withdrawal from Iraq. Other bills pertaining to Iraq voted on by Andrews include:

HR 3159---Mandatory Troop Rest Periods Between Deployments to Iraq: Yes

HR 2956---Redeployment from Iraq Act: Yes

H Con Res. 63---Iraq War Policy Resolution (Congressional disapproval of President Bush’s decision to deploy 20,000 additional troops to Iraq): Yes


Andrews voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[2]

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal

The last piece of legislation that Andrews voted against was the Deep Ocean Energy Resources Act of 2006. This act would have opened up the 50-100 miles off the coast of the U.S. to drilling for mineral resources. Andrews recently voted “yes” to the Hardrock Mining and Reclamation Act, which would modify the requirements applied to minerals on public domain land.


Support for gun control

Andrews cosponsored H.R. 1312 (Assault Weapons Ban and Law Enforcement Protection Act of 2005) on July 28, 2005.[3]

Main article: U.S. gun legislation

On 6/28/2006, Andrews voted against HR 5672, or the Trigger Lock Amendment. This amendment prohibits Commerce Department funds in the FY2007 Appropriation Bill from being used to enforce laws requiring that guns be sold with trigger locks.


Lincoln Group

In September 2006, it was announced that the Lincoln Group, a PR firm that covertly placed U.S. military-written stories in Iraqi newspapers and has been called "amateurish" by former associates, had won a new two-year, $6.2 million Pentagon contract for PR support of the U.S.-led military force in Iraq. [1]

In his role as a member of the House Armed Services Committee, Andrews told Associated Press that "he would be asking the Department of Defense for information about how this 'controversial' vendor was chosen, saying the choice of the Lincoln Group 'concerns me greatly.'" He added, "I wish that our problem in Iraq was that the military wasn't getting good PR. ... The problem seems to be that the country is sliding into civil war." [2]



Robert Andrews was born August 4, 1957, in Camden, New Jersey. He graduated summa cum laude in 1979 with a B.A. in political science from Bucknell University, where he also was Phi Beta Kappa. He received his Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree in 1982 from Cornell University, where he was on the Board of Editors of the Cornell Law Review. Before coming to Congress, he was an attorney and an adjunct professor at the Rutgers University School of Law. [3]

From 1983 onward, Andrews had a private law practice. From 1987 to 1990, he served as an elected member of the Camden County, New Jersey Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Congressional Career

In 1990, Andrews became a Representative, filling the seat of James Florio, who resigned to become the Governor of New Jersey. In 1997 and 2001, Andrews unsuccessfully campaigned for the Democratic nomination for Governor of New Jersey. Before the resignation of incumbent Jim McGreevey, Congressman Andrews was reportedly considering a primary election challenge against him in 2005.

Andrews is generally considered a moderate with a pro-defense and fiscally conservative platform. Rob Andrews is one of the very few South Jersey Democratic politicians that are independent of party boss George Norcross III.

Using AMTRAK to commute from his Haddon Heights, New Jersey home while Congress is in session, Andrews does not maintain a residence in Washington.

Andrews was frequently mentioned as a possible replacement for Jon Corzine in the Senate upon Corzine's November 2005 gubernatorial victory, yet Robert Menendez was eventually chosen as Corzine's replacement.

2006 elections

No major candidates announced their intentions to contest Andrews' seat in the November 2006 election. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [4]

2008 elections

Andrews announced in April, 2008 that he would seek a primary challenge against Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.). He will give up his seat in the House of Representatives, where he had served nine terms, to pursue the primary bid against his state's senior senator. Six other House members representing the Garden State had pressured Andrews to stay out of the Senate race, but Andrews said "the people of New Jersey deserve to choose their senator."[4] The primary will be held on June 3, 2008.[5] After losing his Senate primary, Rep. Andrews decided to run in the general election for his House seat. His wife, Camille Andrews, had just won the primary to fill the seat; she stepped aside to let him run. [6]


Andrews has "authored two laws creating the Income Contingent Repayment Plan and Direct Student Loans, making higher education more affordable for millions students since 1993. Rep. Andrews also wrote laws to lower mortgage costs for rural families, to protect the child visitation rights of grandparents, to provide health and pension benefits for employees of religious organizations, cut administrative costs for small businesses and to move more people from welfare to work." [5]

Money in politics

This section contains links to – and feeds from – money in politics databases. For specific controversies, see this article's record and controversies section.

Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle
DonorAmount (US Dollars)
Communications Workers of America$ 15,000
Corinthian Colleges$ 13,000
Blue Cross/Blue Shield$ 11,600
Accenture$ 9,200
Duane Morris LLP$ 7,600
Cozen O'Connor$ 6,500
American Soc/Pension Prof & Actuaries$ 6,000
Winning Strategies Washington$ 5,400
Archer & Greiner$ 5,250
ECPI College of Technology$ 5,200
Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Note: Contributions are not from the organizations themselves, but are rather from
the organization's PAC, employees or owners. Totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
Links to more campaign contribution information for Robert Andrews
from the Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2008 election cycle Career totals

Committees and Affiliations


Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Robert Andrews. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC office
  • 2265 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
    Ph: 202-225-6501 Fax: 202-225-5633
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District offices
  • 506-A White Horse Pike, Haddon Heights, NJ 08035
    Ph: 856-546-5100 Fax: (none entered)
  • 63 North Broad Street, Woodbury, NJ 08096
    Ph: 856-848-3900 Fax: (none entered)
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Articles and Resources


  1. "Wife bows out,so Rep. Andrews can run", UPI, September 4, 2008, Accessed December 9, 2008
  2. Roll call vote, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.
  3. Thomas page on H.R. 1312
  4. By Rachel Kapochunas, "Andrews to Challenge Lautenberg in Senate Primary, Leaving House Seat Open", CQ Politics, April 2, 2008
  5. Cynthia Burton "Rob Andrews’ Wife to run for his US House seat", The Philadelphia Inquirer, April 8, 2008, Accessed April 8, 2008
  6. "Wife bows out,so Rep. Andrews can run", UPI, September 4, 2008, Accessed December 9, 2008


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