Steve Rothman

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Steve Rothman
Steve Rothman, official photo portrait color.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 9th district
In office
January 3, 1997 – January 3, 2013
Preceded by Robert Torricelli
Succeeded by Bill Pascrell
Mayor of Englewood
In office
Preceded by Sondra Greenberg
Succeeded by Donald Aronson
Personal details
Born (1952-10-14) October 14, 1952 (age 63)
Englewood, New Jersey
Political party Democratic
Children 2
Residence Englewood, New Jersey
Alma mater Syracuse University, Washington University School of Law
Occupation Attorney
Religion Judaism

Steven R. "Steve" Rothman (born October 14, 1952) is an American politician from the state of New Jersey. He is a former U.S. Representative for New Jersey's 9th congressional district, serving from January 3, 1997, to January 3, 2013. He is a member of the Democratic Party. He was defeated on June 5, 2012, in a primary election by fellow incumbent Bill Pascrell.

Early life, education, and pre-congressional career[edit]

Steve Rothman was born on October 14, 1952, in Englewood, New Jersey to a Jewish family, and grew up in nearby Tenafly, where he graduated from Tenafly High School in 1970. He earned a B.A. degree in 1974 from Syracuse University, where he majored in Political Philosophy. He was awarded a J.D. degree from the Washington University School of Law in 1977. He worked as an attorney from 1978 to 1993. Rothman served two terms as Mayor of Englewood, from 1983 to 1989, and served as a Surrogate Court judge in Bergen County from 1993 to 1996.[1]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]



In 1996, incumbent Democrat U.S. Representative Robert Torricelli of the 9th congressional district decided to run for the United States Senate that was being vacated by Bill Bradley, creating a vacancy in the house seat.[2] Rothman decided to run for the seat and won the Democratic primary with 79% of the vote, defeating Robert M. Gordon with 17% and Lynne Athay Dow who received 3% of the vote.[3][4] In the general election, he defeated Republican County Clerk Kathleen Donovan 56.6%–42.2%, with two independent candidates taking up the remainder of the vote.[5][6][7][8]


Rothman won re-election to a second term, defeating Mayor Steve Lonegan of Bogota, New Jersey 64.6%–33.8%, with three independent candidates receiving less than 2% of the vote.[9][10][11][12]


During this time period, Rothman won re-election every two years with at least a 36-point margin.[13]


In 2008 Rothman defeated Republican Vince Micco 68%–31%.[14]

In Congress, Rothman helped secure money for improving transportation and relieving highway congestion, improving local homeland security, police and firefighting technology, improving education, providing relief to the unemployed, and sponsoring a bill to stop large airplanes from taking off at Teterboro Airport because of the excessive noise in residential areas. Rothman is also credited for saving the New Jersey Meadowlands from urban construction and securing millions of dollars for the protection and study of the environment and wildlife. He has consistently supported veterans' groups in New Jersey.

In February 2010, Rothman announced $4.7 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Defense to train military medical professionals in bloodless medicine at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center.[15]

Committee assignments[edit]

Caucus memberships[edit]

  • Congressional Missing and Exploited Children Caucus
  • House Caucus on U.S.-Israel Security Cooperation
  • International Conservation Caucus
  • U.S.-Philippines Friendship Congressional Caucus
  • Congressional Arts Caucus

Electoral history[edit]

New Jersey's 9th congressional district: Results 1996–2010[16][17]
Year Democrat Votes Pct Republican Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct
1996[6] Steve Rothman 117,646 55.8% Kathleen Donovan 89,005 42.2% Arthur Rosen Independent 2,730 1.3% Leon Myerson Independent 1,549 0.7%
1998[9] Steve Rothman 91,330 64.6% Steve Lonegan 47,817 33.8% Michael Perrone Independent 1,349 1.0% Michael Koontz Independent 686 0.5% *
2000 Steve Rothman 140,462 68% Joseph Tedeschi 61,984 30% Lewis Pell Independent 2,273 1% Michael Perrone Independent 1,072 1% *
2002 Steve Rothman 97,108 70% Joseph Glass 42,088 30%
2004 Steve Rothman 146,038 68% Edward Trawinski 68,564 32% David Daly Libertarian 1,649 1%
2006 Steve Rothman 105,853 71% Vincent Micco 40,879 28% Michael Jarvis The Moderate Choice 1,363 1%
2008 Steve Rothman 151,182 68% Vincent Micco 69,503 31% Michael Perrone Independent/Progressive 3,200 1%
2010 Steve Rothman 83,564 61% Michael A. Agosta 52,082 38% Patricia Alessandrini Green 1,980 1%

*Write-in and minor candidate notes: In 1998, Kenneth Ebel received 277 votes. In 2000, Robert Corriston received 980 votes.


  1. ^ About Steve, Representative Steven Rothman. Accessed July 4, 2012.
  2. ^ via Associated Press. "Florio Says He Won't Run for Senate", The Press of Atlantic City, October 11, 1995. Accessed July 4, 2012. "After weeks of openly toying with the idea, former Gov. Jim Florio on Tuesday said he will not run for Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Bradley's seat next year.... Florio pledged support for U.S. Rep. Robert Torricelli, who has lined up major Democratic Party backing and more than $1 million for a Senate run."
  3. ^ Official List - Primary Election Returns for the Office of U.S. House of Representatives for Election Held June 4, 1996, New Jersey Department of State Division of Elections, July 2, 1996. Accessed July 4, 2012.
  4. ^ NJ District 09 - D Primary: 1996, Accessed July 4, 2012.
  5. ^ Newman, Andy. "Torricelli's Old Seat Taken by Rothman", The New York Times, November 6, 1996. Accessed July 4, 2012. "The Congressional seat left open by Robert G. Torricelli's successful run for the United States Senate was filled by a fellow Democrat. Steven A. Rothman, the former Mayor of Mr. Torricelli's hometown of Englewood, defeated Kathleen A. Donovan, the Bergen County Clerk and former chairwoman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, in the Ninth District race."
  6. ^ a b Official List - General Election Returns for the Office of House of Representatives for Election Held November 5, 1996, New Jersey Department of State Division of Elections, January 31, 1997. Accessed July 4, 2012.
  7. ^ Carle, Robin H. Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996, Clerk of the United States House of Representatives, July 29, 1977. Accessed July 4, 2012.
  8. ^ NJ District 9 - 1996, Accessed July 4, 2012.
  9. ^ a b Official List - Candidate Returns for House of Representatives for November 1998 General Election, New Jersey Department of State Division of Elections, December 1, 1998. Accessed July 4, 2012.
  10. ^ Lewin, Tamar. "The 1998 Elections: State by State — Northeast; New Jersey", The New York Times, November 5, 1998. Accessed July 4, 2012.
  11. ^ Trendahl, Jeff. Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998, Clerk of the United States House of Representatives, January 3, 1999. Accessed July 4, 2012.
  12. ^ NJ District 9 - 1998, Accessed July 4, 2012.
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  15. ^ Jess, Kevin. "U.S military to train in bloodless medicine". Digital Journal, accessed February 7, 2011
  16. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 25, 2007. Retrieved November 14, 2010.  Website of the Office of the Clerk of the United States House of Representatives
  17. ^ NJ Secretary of State 2010 election results

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Robert Torricelli
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 9th congressional district

Succeeded by
Bill Pascrell
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)