Albio Sires

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Albio Sires ()
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Next election: Nov. 6, 2012

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Albio Sires, a Democrat, has represented the Thirteenth Congressional District of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2007.


Record and controversies

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Iraq War

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Veteran Support

Representative Sires is “committed to providing veterans with the health care and benefits we promised them by allowing hospitals to hire more doctors and nurses to decrease wait times for appointments”[1]. In 2007 he voted in support of the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill, which, as the larges veterans health bill in history, allocated over $87 billion for veteran’s programs [2]. Sires also approves of increased spending to aid “veterans suffering from traumatic brain injury (TBI), post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and prosthetics research”[3]. The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America list Representative Sires as a strong supporter [4], and Representative Sires voted for H.R. 1538, the Dignified Treatment of Wounded Warriors Act, which unanimously passed the House [5]. Veterans’ affairs are largely a non-partisan issue, with both parties strongly in support of increased aid.

Environmental record

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Representative Sires believes “in limited drilling where it is currently allowed”, but also that “we must invest in clean, renewable energy sources”, including wind power [6]. Representative Sires has been a consistant supporter of alternative energy, voting YES to increase funding for homegrown biofuels, renewable energy, and energy production and conservation [7]. He also voted for H.R. 6049, the Renewable Energy and Job Creation Act of 2008, because he believes “We must act now to establish reliable, affordable energy sources for the future” and he is ”excited about the role alternative, renewable energy will play.” [8]. Representative Sires also voted to end oil and gas exploration subsidies and criminalize oil cartels (such as OPEC). [9] Representative Sires's focus on alternative energy as opposed to increased drilling is largely a liberal position though it is quickly becoming bipartisan as environmental decay expands.


Albio Sires has been a strong advocate of increased funding for education. He believes that “We must do more as a country to support education by strengthening our schools, fully funding special education, and modernizing our classrooms” [10]. In 2007, Representative Sires voted to allocate another 10.2 billion dollars to federal education [11]. Sires has supported the interests of the National Education Association consistently [12]. Sires also supported H.R. 5, the College Student Relief Act of 2007 and H.R. 2669, the College Cost Reduction and Access Act [13], stating that “we must work to…ensure every student can attend college” [14]. representative Sires commitment to public education is a classically liberal perspective, and his goals to provide funding for students to achieve higher levels of education even more so.


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.[15]

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. [16]

2006 elections

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.

Sires faced Republican John Guarini ? a salesman and second cousin of former New Jersey Democratic Rep. Frank J. Guarini (1979-93) ? who was the GOP nominee. Sires defeated Guarini 78%-19%. [17]

Money in politics

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Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle
DonorAmount (US Dollars)
West New York Board of Education$ 26,450
Amalgamated Transit Union$ 10,000
Honeywell International$ 10,000
Machinists/Aerospace Workers Union$ 10,000
National Assn of Realtors$ 10,000
Operating Engineers Union$ 10,000
Verizon Communications$ 10,000
Comcast Corp$ 9,500
American Bankers Assn$ 9,000
AT&T Inc$ 8,000
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 Albio Sires
from the Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
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Committees and Affiliations


Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

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DC office
  • 2342 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
    Ph: 202-225-7919 Fax: 202-226-0792
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District offices
  • 35 Journal Square, Suite 906, Jersey City, NJ 07306
    Ph: 201-222-2828 Fax: (none entered)
  • 5500 Palisades Avenue, Suite A, West New York, NJ 07093
    Ph: 201-558-0800 Fax: (none entered)
  • 100 Cooke Avenue, 2nd Floor, Carteret, N.J. 07008
    Ph: 732-969-9160 Fax: (none entered)
  • Bayonne City Hall, 630 Avenue C, Room 4, Bayonne, N.J. 07002
    Ph: 201-823-2900 Fax: (none entered)
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