Robert Andrews

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Robert Andrews
U.S. Representative – NJ-01
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Party Democratic
Assumed office

November 6, 1990

Preceded by Jim Florio
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Born August 4, 1957
Spouse Camille Andrews
Religion Episcopalian


Robert E. Andrews is a Democratic congressman, representing the 1st district of New Jersey. He was first elected to Congress in 1990, before that he was a Camden county freeholder from 1986-1990. He is an attorney, who graduated from Cornell Law School in 1982.

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Andrews was born in Camden, New Jersey and currently lives in neighboring Haddon Heights. Andrews graduated from Bucknell University in 1979 with a B.A. in political science. He later attended Cornell University Law School, earning his J.D. degree in 1982.

In 1987, Andrews was elected as a member of the Camden County Board of Chosen Freeholders. In 1990, after 15-year incumbent James Florio resigned to take office as Governor of New Jersey, Andrews won a special election to succeed him. He won a full term later that year and has been reelected seven times without serious opposition.

In 1997 and 2001, Andrews unsuccessfully campaigned for the Democratic nomination for Governor of New Jersey. In 1997, Andrews fell some 5,000 votes short of winner Jim McGreevey, out of 350,000 votes cast.[1] Andrews was reportedly considering a primary challenge in 2005, before McGreevey's resignation.

Andrews and his wife Camille have two children.

Andrews received a "B" on the Drum Major Institute's 2005 Congressional Scorecard on middle-class issues.[2]

Andrews crossed party lines to vote for the Secure Fence Act of 2006, authorizing the erection of a 700-mile fence across the U.S.-Mexico border, as an alternative to the more comprehensive immigration reform measures pushed by Democrats and many moderate Republicans.

On October 10, 2002, Rob Andrews was among the 81 House Democrats who voted in favor of authorizing the invasion of Iraq.

He was also involved in proposing a bill for sanctioning Iranians in 2007. "The Iran Sanctions Enhancement Act of 2007" targets any company or individual that provides Iran with refined petroleum products or engages in an activity that could contribute to the enhancement of Iran's ability to import refined products after December 31 2007.[3]

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