|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 9th district
January 3, 1997 – January 3, 2013
|Preceded by||Robert Torricelli|
|Succeeded by||Bill Pascrell|
|Mayor of Englewood|
|Preceded by||Sondra Greenberg|
|Succeeded by||Donald Aronson|
October 14, 1952 |
Englewood, New Jersey
|Residence||Englewood, New Jersey|
|Alma mater||Syracuse University, Washington University School of Law|
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
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.
U.S. House of Representatives
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. 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. 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.
During this time period, Rothman won re-election every two years with at least a 36-point margin.
In 2008 Rothman defeated Republican Vince Micco 68%–31%.
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.
- Committee on Appropriations
- 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
|Year||Democrat||Votes||Pct||Republican||Votes||Pct||3rd Party||Party||Votes||Pct||3rd Party||Party||Votes||Pct|
|1996||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||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.
- About Steve, Representative Steven Rothman. Accessed July 4, 2012.
- 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."
- 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.
- NJ District 09 - D Primary: 1996, OurCampaigns.com. Accessed July 4, 2012.
- 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."
- 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.
- 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.
- NJ District 9 - 1996, OurCampaigns.com. Accessed July 4, 2012.
- 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.
- Lewin, Tamar. "The 1998 Elections: State by State — Northeast; New Jersey", The New York Times, November 5, 1998. Accessed July 4, 2012.
- 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.
- NJ District 9 - 1998, OurCampaigns.com. Accessed July 4, 2012.
- Jess, Kevin. "U.S military to train in bloodless medicine". Digital Journal, accessed February 7, 2011
- "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
- NJ Secretary of State 2010 election results
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Profile at Project Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Profile at SourceWatch
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|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 9th congressional district
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