Senator Cory Booker - New Jersey. Former Mayor of Newark NJ 2006-2013
Senator Cory A. Booker was Mayor of Newark from 2006 – 2013. He won a special election to fill the term of the late Senator Frank Lautenberg in 2013 - and became New Jersey’s first African-American senator. He serves on the Senate's Commerce, Science and Transportation, Small Business and Entrepreneurship and Environment and Public Works Committees. Under his leadership as mayor, New Jersey’s largest city, Newark, entered its biggest period of economic growth since the 1960s – the first new downtown hotels were constructed in 40 years, the first new office towers in 20. During Cory’s tenure, overall crime declined and the quality of life for residents improved with more affordable housing, new green spaces and parks, increased educational opportunities and more efficient city services.
Senator Booker was born in Washington, D.C. His father, Cary, was from North Carolina and the son of a single mom, and his mother, Carolyn, is a Detroit native. They both worked for IBM and relocated the family to Harrington Park in Bergen County, New Jerey. Housing rights activists helped the family buy their first home after initially being turned down because of the color of their skin.A star athlete at Northern Valley High School in Old Tappan, Cory Booker earned bachelors and masters degrees from Stanford University, where he also played for the football team. He ran a crisis hotline for students and worked with disadvantaged youth in East Palo Alto. He then attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar where he ran a student tutoring and mentoring program in a disadvantaged community. He later earned his law degree from Yale Law School, where he helped lead free legal clinics for New Haven residents.