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Template:TOCnestleft Frank Pallone, Jr. is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives, representing the 6th district of New Jersey.

On January 5, 2011 Frank Pallone, Jr. was sworn in for his 12th full term in the U.S. House of Representatives. Pallone represents New Jersey's Sixth Congressional District, which covers most of Middlesex County, as well as the Bayshore and oceanfront areas of Monmouth County, the Township of Plainfield in Union County and Franklin in Somerset County.[1]


Frank Pallone, Jr., was born on October 30, 1951, in Long Branch, New Jersey, where he grew up and still resides. The son of a policeman, Pallone attended the local public schools and earned an academic scholarship to Middlebury College. After graduating cum laude from Middlebury in 1973, Pallone received his master's degree in international relations at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He earned his law degree at Rutgers University in 1978, and has been admitted to the bar in four states: New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Florida

Pallone married the former Sarah Hospodor in 1992.[2] She has been employed as the Deputy Associate Administrator, EPA Intergovernmental Relations [3]

Political career

Pallone began his political career in his home city of Long Branch, getting elected to the City Council in 1982 and winning re-election four years later. In 1983, Pallone was elected to the State Senate, representing the Monmouth County coastline. He was re-elected in 1987. During his tenure in the state Legislature, Pallone distinguished himself as an advocate for environmental issues and senior citizen concerns, and made a major priority of providing constituent services.

On November 8, 1988, at the age of 37, Frank Pallone, Jr., was elected to the House of Representatives from New Jersey's former Third District, encompassing parts of Monmouth and Ocean counties. In March 1992, a new Congressional district map for New Jersey was adopted. Portions of the former Third District were merged with parts of two other districts to create the Sixth Congressional District, taking in large portions of Middlesex and Monmouth counties. Pallone was first elected to the Sixth District seat in November 1992.[4]


In the 112th Congress, Pallone continues to serve as a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which has jurisdiction over issues pertaining to energy, environment, health care, commerce and telecommunications.

Pallone is the top Democrat on the Committee's powerful Subcommittee on Health, which has sole jurisdiction over Medicaid, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and shares jurisdiction of Medicare with the Ways and Means Committee. The Health Subcommittee oversees public health, biomedical programs, food and drug safety, mental health and research, hospital construction and all health care homeland security-related issues.

As Health Subcommittee Chairman during the 111th Congress, Pallone played a leading role in passing the Affordable Care Act.

Pallone also serves on the Committee's Environment and Economy Subcommittee and the Communications and Technology Subcommittee. He is also a member of the House Natural Resources Committee, which has jurisdiction over fisheries, oceans and other coastal issues, and serves on the Committee's Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs Subcommittee.[5]

Democratic Party

Pallone holds an important leadership position within the House Democratic Caucus. As the Communications Chair of the Democratic Policy Committee, the New Jersey congressman plays an active role in developing and implementing the Democratic Party's message. In this capacity, Pallone coordinates the party's message on the floor of the House of Representatives.[6]

Labor Caucus

The Labor Caucus is an official caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives. In 2021 members included Frank Pallone, Jr. .[7]

Support for the Council on American Islamic Relations

Frank Pallone, Jr. wrote a letter of support to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) on the occasion of their 24th anniversary in September 2018.[8]

Clinton/Pinochet letter

On October 21, 1998, many Members of Congress wrote a letter to President Bill Clinton, urging him to release information to a Spanish judge investigating former Chilean President Pinochet for alleged crimes committed during and after the overthrow of the Marxist Allende government.

Dear Mr. President:
The October 17 arrest of General Augusto Pinochet in London is a good example of how the goals you outlined in your anti-terrorism speech at the United Nations can be put into practice. Indeed, when the rule oflaw is applied to combat international lawlessness,humanity's agenda gains...we call upon you to ensure that the U.S. government provides Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzon material related to Pinochet's role in international terrorism -- material and testimony that the U.S. government has thus far withheld.

Signatories included Rep. Frank Pallone.[9]

Supported by Council for a Livable World

The Council for a Livable World, founded in 1962 by long-time socialist activist and alleged Soviet agent, Leo Szilard, is a non-profit advocacy organization that seeks to "reduce the danger of nuclear weapons and increase national security", primarily through supporting progressive, congressional candidates who support their policies. The Council supported Frank Pallone, Jr. in his successful House of Representatives run as candidate for New Jersey.[10]

Lift ban on Sinn Fein fundraising

In October 2005, Members of Congress urged the State Department to lift a fundraising ban on Sinn Féin in advance of the upcoming visit to the U.S. of party leader Gerry Adams.

And that very visit could be in jeopardy if the specific Adams fundraising component is denied by the U.S. government.

Seven members of the House of Representatives have signed on to a statement in which they say they “strongly oppose efforts to ban Sinn Fein fundraising in the United States.”

The signatories include the Republican chairman of the Friends of Ireland group in Congress, Rep. James Walsh, and Rep. Richie Neal, a Democratic co-chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on Irish Affairs.

The group plays up its bipartisan composition in a statement in which they express “in the strongest possible terms our opposition to any effort that would prohibit Sinn Fein from raising funds.”

“We believe that the Sinn Fein leadership has kept its word and honored its commitments. At this critical moment in the peace process, they should not be penalized for delivering on their promises,” it added.

“Every political party from Northern Ireland has the right to fundraise in the United States. We are simply calling for a level playing field. The ban that prevents Sinn Fein from fundraising in the United States should be lifted promptly.”

In addition to Walsh and Neal, the statement was also signed by reps. Joe Crowley, John E. Sweeney, Eliot Engel, Frank Pallone and Brian Higgins.[11]

Discussions with Gerry Adams

Following discussions March 16, 2006 with Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams a number of senior US representatives agreed to lobby the British government to reconvene the Assembly in the short term.

The Sinn Fein President held a lengthy series of discussions yesterday with leading Congressional and Senate representatives.

Among the Congress members with whom he spoke: James Walsh, Richard Neal, Carolyn McCarthy, Marty Meehan, Peter King, Chris Smyth, Joseph Crowley, Eliot Engel, Tim Murphy, Mike Capuano, Frank Pallone, Neil Abercrombie and others.

Mr. Adams also had a brief meeting with Senator John Kerry, and held two separate meetings with Senators Ted Kennedy and Chris Dodd and Senator Hillary Clinton.

A Sinn Fein spokesperson described all of the meetings as "very positive and constructive. The conversations concentrated on the need to make progress and on our proposals for breaking the logjam. This means movement by the British and Irish government‚s before the summer and well in advance of the marching season.[12]

Meeting Gerry Adams, March 2014

Gerry Adams, Sinn Fein Vice-President Mary Lou McDonald, and Sinn Fein lobbyist Rita O'Hare met Reps. Richard Neal, Joseph Crowley, Joseph Kennedy III, Eliot Engel, and Frank Pallone, in Washington DC, March 13, 2014.[13]

Peace Pledge Coalition

In 2007 90 Members of Congress, pledged in an open letter delivered to President Bush: "We will only support appropriating funds for U.S. military operations in Iraq during Fiscal Year 2008 and beyond for the protection and safe redeployment of all our troops out of Iraq before you leave office." The letter was initiated by the Peace Pledge Coalition. The Coalition was led by Tim Carpenter, Progressive Democrats of America, Bob Fertik, Medea Benjamin, CodePink, Bill Fletcher, co-founder of Center for Labor Renewal David Swanson,,, Progressive Democrats of America, Kevin Zeese, Voters for Peace, Democracy Rising, Brad Friedman, co-founder of Velvet Revolution, Bill Moyer, Backbone Campaign.

Frank Pallone, Jr. signed the letter.[14][15]

Voted against cutting funding for ACORN

In September 2009, following the lead of their Senate colleagues, the House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to cut off funds to ACORN. the vote was 345-75. All of the 75 were Democrats, and included Frank Pallone, Jr.. [16]

Congressional Progressive Caucus

As of February 20 2009 Frank Pallone was listed as a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.[17]

PDA connection

In June 2013 Progressive Democrats of America assigned activists to deliver their material to almost every US Congressman and several Senators. Catherine Hunt was assigned as contact for Rep. Pallone.[18]

Supporting Karabakh Liberation Movement

In February 2013, Congressional Armenian Caucus Co-Chair Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) congratulated the 25th anniversary of the Artsakh liberation movement and pledged ongoing support for the democratic and economic development of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic (NKR), reported the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA).

In a letter sent to NKR President Bako Sahakian, timed to coincide with the February 20th launch of the Artsakh liberation movement in 1988, Rep. Pallone noted that “Artsakh's path was challenged by various ordeals and your nation refused to allow these obstacles to break your will and determination. The tragedy of Sumgayit and the violence that occurred in other Azerbaijani cities 25 years ago proved the virtue of Nagorno Karabakh's choice to preserve its people's unique identity by establishing a sovereign democracy.”[19]

ARA PAF endorsement, 2014

The Alliance for Retired Americans Political Action Fund endorsed Frank Pallone, Jr. in 2014, also 2012.[20]

Condemning Criticism of Islam legislation

On December 17, 2015, Rep. Don Beyer, Jr. introduced legislation condemning "violence, bigotry, and hateful rhetoric towards Muslims in the United States." The legislation is based on unsourced claims that there is a "rise of hateful and anti-Muslim speech, violence, and cultural ignorance," and a "disproportionate targeting" of "Muslim women who wear hijabs, headscarves, or other religious articles of clothing...because of their religious clothing, articles, or observances." The resolution, H.Res.569 - Condemning violence, bigotry, and hateful rhetoric towards Muslims in the United States [21]

The legislation was cosponsored by Rep. Michael Honda, Rep. Keith Ellison, Rep. Joseph Crowley, Rep. Andre Carson, Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Rep. Betty McCollum, Rep. Marcy Kaptur, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, Rep. Dan Kildee, Rep. Loretta Sanchez, Rep. Charles Rangel, Rep. Scott Peters, Rep. Brad Ashford, Rep. Alan Grayson, Rep. Mark Takai, Rep. Brian Higgins, Rep. William Keating, Rep. Raul Grijalva, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Rep. G.K. Butterfield, Rep. Gerry Connolly, Rep. Ruben Gallego, Rep. Cheri Bustos, Rep. John Delaney, Rep. Kathy Castor, Rep. Luis Gutierrez, Rep. Michael Quigley, Rep. Elizabeth Esty, Rep. Joseph Kennedy III, Rep. Robin Kelly, Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, Rep. Gregory Meeks, Rep. Grace Meng, Rep. Al Green, Rep. Katherine Clark, Rep. Adam Schiff, Rep. Alcee Hastings, Rep. Sam Farr, Rep. Frank Pallone, Rep. Jim McDermott, Rep. Barbara Lee, Rep. Donna Edwards, Rep. Robert Brady, Rep. Frederica Wilson, Rep. Michael Doyle, Rep. Albio Sires, Rep. Suzan DelBene, Rep. Judy Chu, Rep. Jared Polis, Rep. David Loebsack, Rep. Bill Pascrell, Rep. Debbie Dingell, Rep. Jan Schakowsky, Rep. Steve Cohen, Rep. Ruben Hinojosa, Rep. John Yarmuth, Rep. Niki Tsongas, Rep. Jim Langevin, Rep. Mark Pocan, Rep. John Conyers, Jr., Rep. Mark Takano, Rep. Tim Ryan, Rep. Jose Serrano, Rep. Hank Johnson, Rep. Paul Tonko, Rep. Zoe Lofgren, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, Rep. Lois Capps, Rep. David Price, Rep. Doris Matsui, Rep. Gwen Moore, Rep. Denny Heck, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, Rep. John Carney, Rep. Xavier Becerra, Rep. Eric Swalwell, Rep. John B. Larson, Rep. Dina Titus, Rep. Peter Welch, Rep. Lloyd Doggett, Rep. Jim Himes, Rep. Matt Cartwright.


I want to thank CAIR for giving our Muslim neighbors, friends and family an opportunity to share their voice throughout the country.”

Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) (October 2017).

United front for ACA

A number of local politicians and lawmakers, including New Jersey Senators Cory Booker and Robert Menendez, U.S. Representatives Frank Pallone, Donald Payne, Jr., Bill Pascrell, Albio Sires, Josh Gottheimer, and Bonnie Watson Coleman, and Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, were present at a January 15th 2017, at 11:30 a.m. at the Robert Treat Hotel (50 Park Place) downtown Newark, rally to press for protection of the Affordable Care Act.

The law, often referred to as “Obamacare,” is currently under threat. The U.S. Senate voted at around 1:30 a.m this morning to approve a procedure that will let them potentially repeal parts of the ACA through a reconciliation bill, which enables the Congress to make changes to spending and tax legislation and, crucially, is filibuster proof. Reconciliation was used to pass the ACA in 2010.

Earlier today, Payne, Jr. delivered a speech on the floor of the U.S. Congress to highlight how Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act will affect Americans who depend on the law for their healthcare. He shared a story about how the ACA had helped a constituent who faced dire health problems, in order to humanize what is at stake if the legislation is repealed.[22]

NNU/Our Revolution pressure

October 2019 National Nurses United’s long-running campaign to garner congressional support for Medicare For All has won several key lawmakers – Reps. Adam Smith, D-Wash., Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas, and Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y. – to the cause.

Signing up Doggett is important. He chairs the House Ways and Means Health subcommittee, which co-writes medical care legislation on that side of Capitol Hill. NNU will now concentrate on members of his panel and on a recalcitrant Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., who chairs the other key panel for health care bills, the Energy and Commerce Committee.

Our Revolution, the citizens’ group allied with Sen. Bernie Sanders, Ind-Vt. – author of that chamber’s Medicare For All bill – is keeping the pressure up on Pallone, said Anna-Marta Visky, chair of the group’s Monmouth County, N.J., affiliate.

“We and our coalition partners are asking him (Pallone) to co-sponsor it and give it a fair hearing,” she said. “He wants to keep it in a hearing with other proposals” on health care. “He takes a lot of dollars from the (health care) industry and is one of the entrenched old-school Democrats – but he’s noticed our movement.”[23]


The following are past and present staff:[24]

External links



  1. Official Congressional bio, accessed August 16, 2011
  2. Official Congressional bio, accessed August 16, 2011
  3. of Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations Contacts
  4. Official Congressional bio, accessed August 16, 2011
  5. Official Congressional bio, accessed August 16, 2011
  6. Official Congressional bio, accessed August 16, 2011
  7. [1]
  8. Letters of Support for CAIR accessed January 26 2020
  9. October 21, 1998, Members Of Congress Call On Clinton To Release Key Information On Gen. Pinochet To Spanish Judge
  10. CLW website: Meet Our Candidates
  11. Reps. back Adams’ right to fundraise 27 October 2005 in an príomhbhóthar Irish Echo By Ray O’Hanlon
  12. Sinn Fein, US Politicians Back Adams. 17 March, 2006
  13. Gerry Adams tweet Mary Lou MacDonald, Richard Neal, Joe Crowley, Rita OHare, Joe Kennedy, Elliot Engle,Mise agus Frank Pallone
  14. War Is A Crime .org, Peace Pledge Coalition
  15. [ Sign the Pledge for Peace petition. Bob Fertik August 19, 2007
  16. [ American Thinker, September 18, 2009 The 75 Democrats who are pro-sex slave ACORN defenders By Ethel C. Fenig]
  17. Congressional Progressive Caucus website: Caucus Member List
  18. PDA June 2013 Educate Congress Digest
  19. Armenian National Committee of America, PRESS RELEASEFor Immediate Release ~ 2013-02-25
  20. PAF
  21. H.Res.569 - Condemning violence, bigotry, and hateful rhetoric towards Muslims in the United States, accessed December 26, 2015
  22. Brick City Live
  23. [2]
  24. Accessed 05/22/2012