Robert " Bob" Menendez ( born January 1, 1954 in New York City ) is an American politician of the Democratic Party, who represents the State of New Jersey in January 2006 in the U.S. Senate. He is the first U.S. Senator from New Jersey, who is Hispanic, and sitting since January 2013, the Senate Committee on foreign policy front. Previously, he was from 1993 to 2006 member of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Bob Menendez is the son of Cuban immigrants who had fled in 1953 because of their dissatisfaction with the Batista government in New York. His father was a carpenter, his mother a dressmaker. He grew up in Union City, New Jersey, where he also graduated from Union Hill High School. After completing his university degree in Humanities at Saint Peter 's College, he attended law school at Rutgers, where he also gained his law degree.
In 1980 he was admitted to the Bar of New Jersey. Then he took up his work in private practice. From 1986 to 1992, Menendez mayor of Union City. At the same time he was a member of the State Parliament of New Jersey from 1987 to 1991 as a member of the General Assembly from 1991 to 1993 as a member of the Senate.
From January 1993 to January 2006 represented Menendez represented in succession by Frank Joseph Guarini the 13th electoral district of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives. In January 2006 he was appointed by former U.S. senator and newly elected New Jersey Governor, Jon Corzine, called to take the vacant seat in the Senate. In the Senate elections in November 2006, Menendez won clearly against his Republican opponent Tom Kean and could be extended mandate in the election in 2012 with 59 percent of the vote against his Republican challenger Joe Kyrillos (39 percent) by six years. Since the end of January 2013 Menendez is the successor of the current Secretary of State John Kerry Chairman of major Senate Committee on foreign policy.
He married Jane Jacobsen, a teacher from Union City. From this marriage that ended in divorce in 2005, went two children together, Alicia and Robert forth.
Menendez is one of the leaders in the Senate for comprehensive immigration reform ( Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013). He also calls for an intervention of the United States during the civil war in Syria.
In the fall of 2012 Menendez made headlines because he may be looking underage prostitutes in the Dominican Republic and because he intended to leave there have flights paid for by a controversial eye surgeon, to whom he gives business benefits in return. The statements of the prostitutes are now considered bought, which is why the FBI against the unknown donors determined; in June 2013 came meanwhile another accusation against Menendez on account of his intimate life.