Bob Menendez is one of the most powerful political figures in Houston County, from his hometown’s Board of Education to Congress and the United States Senate, a Democratic politician. He has been the senior senator in the United States of New Jersey since 2006. He was first appointed to the Senate by Governor Jon Corzine, who resigned his seat after winning the gubernatorial election in New Jersey. The appointment meant that he would end Corzine’s term of office, after which he would win the seat in the next elections. Here you will find everything you need to know about the Latino politician.
Bob Menendez Biography
Senator Bob was born on January 1, 1954, in the city of New York as Robert Menendez. A few weeks before his birth in the United States, his parents had immigrated to the United States from Cuba and settled in Union City, New Jersey, where Menendez was to spend the rest of his childhood. His father, Mario Menéndez, worked as a carpenter, while his mother, Evangelina, worked as a seamstress.
Bob Menendez was a fairly outspoken boy in the classroom, a trait that his elocution teacher, Gail Harper, would develop, making the young Menendez an eloquent public speaker. His political career began with high school in Union City, where he served as student body president.
In the early 1970s, Menendez became famous for defying his mentor, the then Mayor of Union City, William Musto, by successfully submitting a petition to reform the local school board. In 1982, Menendez challenged Musto in his attempt to retain his position as mayor but lost. He won his second attempt in the next election season of 1986. Musto had left the seat to serve in the Senate.
In 1987, while still mayor of Union City, Menendez began representing the 33rd District at the New Jersey General Assembly. He ended his term as mayor in 1992. After the death of State Senator Christopher Jackman, Menendez won the special election to represent the 33rd District in the Senate of the State of New Jersey.
From 1993 to 2006, Bob Menendez served as a member of the US House of Representatives for the 13th District of New Jersey. He did not leave the House until January 2006 to continue the term of Jon Corzine, who left the Senate to serve as governor of New Jersey. Menendez was the sixth Latino to enter the U.S. Senate. In the Senate, Menendez served on a number of committees, including the Banking Committee, the Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, the Finance Committee, and the Foreign Relations Committee.
Bob Menendez holds a Juris Doctor degree from the Rutgers School of Law in Newark, which he graduated from in 1979. He attended Saint Peter’s College in Jersey City, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. During his time at the school, Menendez was a member of the Lambda Theta Phi Fraternity. He was the first member of his family to ever attend college.
As a civil servant, Bob Menendez is charged with publishing his tax returns, which gives the general public an insight into his personal assets. Much of his income comes from his salary as a civil servant. He supplements his income by renting from his Union City properties.
His net worth became a topic of great interest during his 2018 Senate election against Republican millionaire and businessman Bob Hugin. Menendez’s 2017 tax returns showed that he earned a pre-tax income of approximately $194,000. $174,000 came from his salary as a senator and the rest from his rental apartments. The Senator owns shares of MetLife worth less than $15,000.
According to our sources, Bob Menendez’s net worth in 2017 was $300,000.
Wife And Daughter
Bob Menendez has been married twice in his life. His first marriage was to Jane Jacobsen in 1976. Jacobsen worked on the Union City Education Council, of which Menendez was a member in 1974, and in the Union City public schools. Their union produced two children, a daughter named Alicia Menendez and a son Robert Menendez. Their marriage ended in divorce in 2005.
Menendez’s daughter Alicia is a popular character on television. She is a news journalist and directs her own program, Alicia Menendez Tonight on Fusion, a television station focused on the turn of the millennium. Before booking her own show on the station, Alicia Menendez hosted a show on HuffPost Live and appeared on major networks such as CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News.
In her show, the Harvard graduate interviewed Chelsea Clinton, Taylor Swift, and Janet Mock, among others. Alicia worked as a strategist on the campaign team during her father’s 2006 Senate candidacy. Since January 2015 she has been married to Carlos Odio – a former White House staffer during Obama’s term in office.
Bob Menendez is now married to Alicia Mucci, the widow of popular restaurateur Robert Mucci, who died on May 12, 2012, at the age of 69, ending their three-year marriage. Robert Mucci was the owner of The Old Time Sizzlin’ Steakhouse in Hackensack, New Jersey. In early December 2013, the NY Daily reported that Menendez had put the question to Alicia Mucci at the Capitol Rotunda.
Alicia Mucci has 5 children from her previous marriage. She is from Paramus, New Jersey, and works as a real estate agent. Her Facebook page reveals that in 2009 when she had just married her now-deceased husband, she worked as a bartender at the Stony Hill Inn.