Bill Pascrell, Jr. is a Democrat who was first elected to Congress in 1996 after defeating an incumbent Republican congressman. His grassroots campaign took him to town halls and front doors throughout the district. Bill has been reelected every two years, and brings his commitment to the people of northern New Jersey with him every time he hops on the train to Washington.
In the House of Representatives, Bill sits on the Committee on Ways and Means, and the Committee on the Budget. These committee assignments allow Bill to be deeply involved in the issues that are important to the citizens of New Jersey.
Through his work as New Jersey’s only member on the Ways and Means Committee, Bill has established himself as one of the leading Congressional voices on protecting Medicare and Social Security for our seniors. He also uses his position to advocate for a fair international trade policy and on behalf of tax reform that includes the elimination of the Alternative Minimum Tax.
In 2009, the President signed legislation authored by Bill that would designate the Great Falls in Paterson as a unit of the National Park System. Other recent legislation authored by Bill which passed the Congress and were signed by the President include the renewal and expansion of Traumatic Brain Injury programs in the federal government, as well as the Campus Fire Safety Right to Know Act introduced in the wake of the deadly fire at Seton Hall University.
Bill also continues to be a strong advocate for the modernization of New Jersey’s transportation in infrastructure. He has fought for improvements in mass transportation and local infrastructure projects, including the widening of the Route 46 corridor and federal funding for Amtrak and NJ Transit.
Before being elected to Congress, Bill proudly served as the Mayor of Paterson from 1990-1996 and a member of the New Jersey State Assembly from 1988-1996. He was previously a member of the Paterson Board of Education, a public high school teacher, and a college adjunct professor at Farleigh Dickenson University. Bill graduated from Fordham University in New York with bachelors degree in Journalism and a masters degree in Philosophy. He has three sons and resides in Paterson with his wife, Elsie.