Congressman Frank Pallone

pallone2-199x300.jpgFrank Pallone is the senior Democrat in New Jersey’s Congressional delegation. Over the past 24 years, Congressman Pallone has led the fight in Washington to protect our environment, as well as to make healthcare more accessible and more affordable for everyone. We can always count on Frank Pallone to look out for our families – whether it is opposing a needless war in Iraq or consistently putting the middle class ahead of the powerful special interests.

Frank Pallone represents us in Washington, but he’s not part of Washington. That independence has earned him the respect and admiration of his peers and the thanks of his constituents in the 6th District, as well as families throughout New Jersey. When the Democrats took control of Congress, Frank was chosen to lead the influential Subcommittee on Health of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. As Chair, he has used that platform to push for affordable health care, make prescription drugs safer, and stand up to the Bush Administration’s attempts to gut programs that New Jersey’s families rely on.


Today, Congressman Pallone is working hard to strengthen the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) – which he was instrumental in creating. Here in New Jersey, this program is known as FamilyCare, and it provides health coverage to uninsured families with children. Last year, Congressman Pallone worked to provide additional CHIP funding by supporting an emergency funding bill so our state’s program did not face shortfalls. Moreover, Congressman Pallone authored the Children’s Health and Medicare Protection (CHAMP) Act – which would provide health coverage to 10 million children; four million more than are currently covered through CHIP.

Frank Pallone has taken on President Bush’s cuts to Medicare and Medicaid, and he’s fought to protect Social Security. No one should ever have to choose between paying for prescription drugs and stocking their pantry. That is why Congressman Pallone introduced legislation to temporarily increase Medicaid assistance so that cash-strapped states, like New Jersey, can continue to provide health care assistance to those hit hardest in troubled economic times.


When it comes to the health of New Jersey’s families, Congressman Pallone is working hard to improve accessibility, cut costs and give more rights to consumers and patients. He wrote the bill which improves drug safety by improving the FDA’s ability to monitor the safety of drugs after they are on the market. The new law also imposes stricter conflict-of-interest provisions and increases penalties for those drug companies that violate safety standards. Congressman Pallone also successfully shepherded the Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act through the House, which sought to provide the FDA with the authority to appropriately regulate tobacco products and restrict tobacco product marketing.

Congressman Pallone continues to be proactive in his drive to protect our health and well-being. Over the years, he’s cleaned up New Jersey’s beaches and stopped ocean dumping off our shore. Just this past year, the House passed his Beach Protection Act – which requires tough, new beach water quality testing and public notification standards so we’re confident that the waters we are swimming or surfing in are clean. He also introduced bills to end interstate dumping of medical waste on our beaches and to create a Clean Ocean Zone off our coast to permanently prevent offshore drilling. Congressman Pallone has expedited the clean-up of industrial and toxic waste sites around the state by authoring a federal brownfields law and exposing funding shortages that threaten superfund cleanups. And he’s forced polluters to clean up their own toxic mess so our families aren’t left footing the bill.


In Washington, Pallone has been successful on environmental and healthcare issues thanks partly to his service as a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. This position allows him to play a leading role in crafting legislation in both these areas. Congressman Pallone also serves as a senior member of the House Natural Resources Committee, where he focuses on the policies concerning fisheries and oceans.

As Communications Chair of the Democratic Policy Committee, Pallone also leads Democratic efforts to craft and implement the party’s message. In this appointed position, he works with his colleagues at getting the Democratic message out on issues affecting all New Jerseyans – including how to expand our economy, secure our homeland and address the war in Iraq. Frank Pallone has proudly served his neighbors and their families in Congress since 1989. In addition to his work on the Energy and Commerce Committee and chairing the powerful Subcommittee on Health, he continues to serve on both Telecommunications & Internet and the Environment & Hazardous Materials Subcommittees. 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 and Oceans Subcommittee.


Born in Long Branch with a cop for a dad, Frank Pallone still lives in his hometown today. He is a proud product of public schools who earned an academic scholarship to Middlebury College where he graduated cum laude. Pallone went on to receive his master’s degree in international relations at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and his law degree from Rutgers. In 1992, Frank married the former Sarah Hospodor. They have three children, daughters Rose Marie and Celeste Teresa, and a son, Frank Andrew.

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