Bill Pascrell, Jr.

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Bill Pascrell, Jr.
U.S. Representative – NJ-08
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Party Democratic
Assumed office

January 3, 1997

Preceded by Bill Martini
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Born January 25, 1937
Spouse Elsie Pascrell
Religion Roman Catholic


Bill Pascrell, Jr. is a Democratic congressman representing the 8th district of New Jersey. He was first elected to Congress in 1996. He was a member of the New Jersey state general assembly from 1988-1996 and mayor of Paterson, N.J. from 1990-1996.

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Pascrell was born in Paterson, New Jersey and graduated from Fordham University with a degree in education. He spent 12 years as a high school teacher before being hired as a professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Pascrell was elected to the New Jersey General Assembly in 1988, eventually rising to the post of minority leader pro tem.

Pascrell was one of the original members of the Homeland Security Committee, eventually rising to the post of ranking Democrat on the Emergency Preparedness Subcommittee. He has a particular interest in fire safety, and authored the bill that created the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, which gives federal grants directly to all fire departments, including volunteer fire departments, which he calls "the forgotten part of the public safety equation."

Pascrell served in the United States Army from 1961-1962. He and his wife Elsie have three children.

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