William Pascrell

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William Pascrell ()
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Next election: Nov. 6, 2012

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William J. Pascrell, Jr., a Democrat has represented the Eighth Congressional District of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1991.


Record and controversies

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Iraq War

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

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

Environmental record

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

Reauthorization of sewage grants

On March 7, 2007, the House passed H.R.569 - To amend the Clean Water Pollution Act to reauthorize sewage grants[2], sponsored by Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.), which would reauthorize federal grants to municipalities and states to control sanitary sewer overflows. At the time of the bill's passage, many U.S. communities had inadequate sewer systems in need of redesign. Billions of dollars in local and state funds had been spent across the U.S. on the problem, and the federal funding was expected to ease that burden somewhat. [3]

On March 7, 2007, the bill passed the House in a vote of 367-58.

Main article: U.S. water management legislation#H.R.569 - To amend the Clean Water Pollution Act to reauthorize sewage grants

Support for gun control

Pascrell cosponsored H.R 1022 (Assault Weapons Ban Reauthorization Act of 2007) on March 13, 2007.[4]

Main article: U.S. gun legislation


Pascrell was born January 25, 1937 in Paterson, New Jersey. He graduated from Fordham University. Pascrell was elected to the New Jersey General Assembly in 1988. He was also elected as Mayor of Paterson, New Jersey's third largest city, in 1990.

Pascrell is Italian-American and has been outspoken about the representation of Italians-Americans in the media regarding what he sees as negative stereotypes in shows such as HBO's The Sopranos.

Congressional career

Pascrell gave up his seat as Mayor after he was elected to the House in 1996, defeating one-term Republican Bill Martini. He has been reelected four times, usually by a large margin.

2006 elections

In 2006, the Republicans nominated Jose M. Sandoval to face Pascrell in his November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [1] Pascrell retained his seat.

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)
Bio-Reference Laboratories$ 15,600
Roche Holdings$ 14,592
Lowenstein Sandler LLP$ 13,150
Morgan Stanley$ 10,600
Plumbers/Pipefitters Union$ 10,500
American College of Cardiology$ 10,000
American Council of Engineering Cos$ 10,000
American Dental Assn$ 10,000
American Federation of Teachers$ 10,000
BAE Systems$ 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 William Pascrell
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

  • Passaic County Democratic Chair, 1982-1990
  • Congressional Ad Hoc Committee for Irish Affairs
  • Co-Founder, Congressional Brain Injury Task Force
  • Congressional Friends of Animals
  • Democratic Homeland Security Task Force
  • Co-Chair, Democratic Livable Communities Task Force
  • Italian-American Leadership Council

Boards and other Affiliations

  • Board of Trustees, Passaic County Community College, 1975-1982.

More Background Data

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


DC office
  • 2370 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
    Ph: 202-225-5751 Fax: 202-225-5782
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District offices
  • Robert A. Roe Federal Building, 200 Federal Plaza, Suite 500, Paterson, NJ 07505-1953
    Ph: 973-523-5152 Fax: (none entered)
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Campaign office
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Articles and Resources


  1. Roll call vote, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.
  2. THOMAS page on H.R.569
  3. Robert McElroy, "Managing America: Environment & Resources," TheWeekInCongress.com, March 9, 2007.
  4. Thomas page on H.R. 1022


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