Rob Andrews

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Rob Andrews
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 1st district
In office
November 6, 1990 – February 18, 2014
Preceded by James Florio
Succeeded by Donald Norcross
Personal details
Born Robert Ernest Andrews
(1957-08-04) August 4, 1957 (age 58)
Camden, New Jersey, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Camille Spinello
Children Jackie
Alma mater Bucknell University
Cornell University
Religion Episcopalianism

Robert Ernest "Rob" Andrews (born August 4, 1957) is an American politician and lawyer who is known as one of the primary authors of the Affordable Care Act. He currently leads Dilworth Paxon’s Government Relations practice.

First elected to Congress in 1990, Andrews served for 24 years as the U.S. Representative for New Jersey's 1st congressional district, which includes most of Camden County and parts of Burlington County and Gloucester County. In the U.S. House of Representatives, he served as chairman of the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions.

Early life, education, and early career[edit]

Andrews was born in Camden, New Jersey, the son of Josephine (née Amies) and Ernest Andrews. He grew up in Bellmawr and attended Triton Regional High School in Runnemede.[1] Andrews was the first in his family to attend college, graduating from Bucknell University in 1979 with a BA in political science, summa cum laude. He later attended Cornell University Law School, earning his JD degree with honors in 1982.

For several years, Andrews was involved in legal education as a member of Cornell Law Review‍‍ '‍s board of editors. He also was an adjunct professor at Rutgers University-Camden Law School. From 1983 onward, Andrews operated a private law practice. In 1986, he was elected as a member of the Camden County Board of Chosen Freeholders, where he served for four years, including two years as freeholder director (1988–1990).

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]


In 1990, after a 15-year incumbent Democratic U.S. Congressman James Florio resigned from the U.S. House of Representatives to take office as Governor of New Jersey, Andrews won the 1990 special election and simultaneous general election against Gloucester County Freeholder Daniel J. Mangini.[2] He subsequently won re-election every two years until his retirement. Andrews had the 10th longest tenure among U.S. Representatives in New Jersey history, and the fifth longest among Democrats state.[3] In November 2004, he received more votes than anyone ever elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from New Jersey, a record which he broke once again in 2012.[4]

Andrews was a candidate for the Democratic nomination in the 2008 U.S. Senate election, being defeated by incumbent U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg.


During his tenure, Andrews was considered a “key champion of health care legislation in the U.S. Congress.”[5] According to President Barack Obama, he was an “original author” of the Affordable Care Act and was a “vital partner in its passage and implementation.”[6]

While in office, Andrews was generally considered a moderate by Democratic standards, though he voted with his party most of the time. he New York Times characterized him as "fiscally conservative ... and socially moderate."[7] He earned a lifetime rating of 17.24 from the American Conservative Union and a 2007 rating of 100 from Americans for Democratic Action.[8][9] He has a liberal rating of 76.2 and a conservative rating of 23.8 from the National Journal.[10]

Andrews served for his entire Congressional career on the House Committee on Education and Labor. He was the Democratic leader and ranking member on the Education Subcommittee on Employer-Employee Relations, and was the chairman of the Education Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions. He also served on the House Armed Services Committee.

Committee assignments[edit]


Caucus memberships[edit]

  • Congressional Arts Caucus


In 2014 Andrews came under investigation by the House Ethics Committee for improper use of campaign funds. The identical substance of the accusations made were dismissed in their entirety by the Federal Elections Commission in May 2014.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Andrews is married to Camille Spinello Andrews, an associate dean of enrollment and projects at Rutgers School of Law - Camden. They have two daughters, Jackie and Josie.[13]

Electoral history[edit]

New Jersey's 1st congressional district: Results 1990–2012[14][15]
Year Democrat Votes Pct Republican Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct


Rob Andrews 71,373 55% Daniel J. Mangini 58,087 45%
1990 Rob Andrews 72,415 54% Daniel J. Mangini 57,299 43% Jerry Zeldin Libertarian 1,592 1% Walter E. Konstanty Pride and Honesty 1,422 1% William H. Harris Populist 1,066 1%
1992 Rob Andrews 153,525 67% Lee A. Solomon 65,123 29% James E. Smith Pro-Life Pro-Family Veteran 3,761 2% Jerry Zeldin Libertarian 2,641 1% Kenneth L. Lowndes Pro-Life Independent Conservative 2,163 1% Nicholas Pastuch America First Populist 859 <1%
1994 Rob Andrews 108,155 72% James N. Hogan 41,505 28%
1996 Rob Andrews 160,413 76% Mel Suplee 44,287 21% Michael Edmondson Independent 2,668 1% Patricia A.Bily Independent 1,873 1% Norman E.Wahner Independent 1,493 1%
1998 Rob Andrews 90,279 73% Ronald L. Richards 27,855 23% David E.West, Jr. Independent 1,684 1% Joseph W.Stockman Independent 1,324 1% Edward Forchion Independent 1,257 1% James E.Barber Independent 943 1%
2000 Rob Andrews 167,327 76% Charlene Cathcart 46,455 21% Catherine L.Parrish Independent 3,090 1% Edward Forchion Independent 1,959 1% Joseph A.Patalivo Independent 781 <1%
2002 Rob Andrews 121,846 93% (no candidate) Timothy Haas Libertarian 9,543 7%
2004 Rob Andrews 201,163 75% S. Daniel Hutchison 66,109 25% Arturo F. Croce E Pluribus Unum 931 <1%
2006 Rob Andrews 140,110 100% (no candidate)
2008 Rob Andrews 191,796 72% Dale M. Glading 70,466 26% Matthew Thieke Green 1,778 <1% Margaret Chapman Back toBasics 1,188 <1% Everitt M.Williams, III Think Independently 954 <1% Alvin Lindsay Lindsay for Congress 483 <1%
2010 Rob Andrews 106,334 63% Dale M. Glading 58,562 35% Mark Heacock Green 1,593 <1% Margaret Chapman Time for Change 1,257 <1% Nicky I. Petrutz Defend American Constitution 521 <1%
2012 Rob Andrews 210,470 68% Gregory W. Horton 92,459 30% John William Reitter Green 4,413 1% Margaret Chapman Reform Party 1,177 <1%


External links[edit]

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
James Florio
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
Donald Norcross
Party political offices
Preceded by
George Miller
Chairperson of House Democratic Policy Committee
Succeeded by
George Miller