Eliot Engel

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Eliot Engel ()
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Next election: Nov. 6, 2012

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Eliot Lance Engel, a Democrat, has represented the 17th Congressional District of New York in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1988.


Record and controversies

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Iraq War

Engel voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[1]

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

Environmental record

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

Indian Point nuclear power plant

In February 2009, Engel urged the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) not to approve the 20-year license renewal application of the Indian Point nuclear power plant in Buchanan, New York. Engel said he told NRC Commissioner Dale Klein, "Indian Point would never be built today at its present location because of its proximity to the millions of people in the New York metropolitan area. It is degrading the Hudson River by using its water, some two billion gallons daily, to cool the plant, and by the radioactive leakages that may have already reached the river." Engel also argued that Indian Point is "a very tempting target for terrorist," and said there are "too many other serious issues about the dangers of Indian Point’s nuclear reactors to ignore." [2]


On January 24, 2007, Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) introduced the Dependence Reduction through Innovation in Vehicles and Energy Act – the DRIVE Act of 2007 – (H.R.670) to "promote the national security and stability of the United States economy by reducing the dependence of the United States on foreign oil through the use of alternative fuels and new vehicle technologies, and for other purposes." The bill attracted 82 cosponsors[3] (as of June 2007)

Main article: U.S. congressional action on climate change#DRIVE Act of 2007 (H.R.670)


Engel was born February 18, 1947 in The Bronx. He graduated from Hunter-Lehman College. Engel was elected to the New York general assembly in 1976. In 1988, Engel was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives after defeating Congressman Mario Biaggi, who had been charged with racketeering in the Wedtech scandal, in the Democratic primary. (Biaggi was eventually jailed by Rudolph Giuliani and subsequently ran against and lost to Representative Engel in 1992).

Congressional career

Engel is a supporter of recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and has also been an advocate for the causes of Albanian-Americans. In 2003, he authored the Syria Accountability and Lebanese Sovereignty Restoration Act, which was signed into law by President Bush on December 12, 2003 [1]. In this Law, Congress authorized penalties and restrictions on US relations with Syria for its occupation of Lebanon and for its relationship with terrorist groups.

2006 elections

In 2006, the Republicans nominated Jim Faulkner to face Engel in his November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [2] Engel retained his seat.

Money in politics

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Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle
DonorAmount (US Dollars)
St George's University$ 20,800
Avenue Ventures$ 15,200
Duty Free Americas$ 11,000
Pachulski, Stang et al$ 10,900
American Crystal Sugar$ 10,000
General Atomics$ 10,000
Laborers Union$ 10,000
Monroe College$ 10,000
National Cable & Telecommunications Assn$ 10,000
Northrop Grumman$ 10,000
Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' www.OpenSecrets.org 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 Eliot Engel
from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org 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)

Coalitions and Caucuses

  • Member, Congressional Human Rights Caucus
  • Member, Democratic Study Group on Health
  • Member, Long Island Sound Caucus
  • Co-chair, Albanian Issues Caucus
  • Executive Board Member of the Congressional Ad Hoc Committee on Irish Affairs

More Background Data

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


DC office
  • 2161 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
    Ph: 202-225-2464 Fax: 202-225-5513
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District offices
  • 3655 Johnson Avenue, Bronx, NY 10463
    Ph: 718-796-9700 Fax: (none entered)
  • 6 Gramatan Avenue, Suite 205, Mount Vernon, NY 10550
    Ph: 914-699-4100 Fax: (none entered)
  • 261 West Nyack Road, West Nyack, NY 10994
    Ph: 845-735-1000 Fax: (none entered)
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Campaign office
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Articles and resources

See also


  1. Roll call vote, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.
  2. "Engel tells NRC chief that Indian Point license should not be renewed," Mid-Hudson News Network, February 14-15, 2009.
  3. "THOMAS page on H.R.670 cosponsors," THOMAS.

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