Honoree - Menendez
Robert Menendez has represented New Jersey in the U.S. Senate since January 2006, when he was appointed by Gov. Jon Corzine to fill the remainder of Corzine’s term. Later that year, he was elected to serve a full six-year term. Menendez has served as a school board member, a mayor and a state legislator before being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1993. He rose to become the third-highest ranking Democrat in the House and has since taken on a prominent leadership role in the U.S. Senate, working to achieve economic security for families by creating jobs, promoting clean-energy development, providing tax relief, investing in education, making health care more affordable and protecting consumers.
Menendez currently serves on the Senate Committees on Finance; Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs; Energy and Natural Resources; and Foreign Relations. He is also chairman of the Banking Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation and Community Development; and the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on International Development and Foreign Assistance, Economic Affairs, and International Environmental Protection. In November 2008, Menendez was chosen to head the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. His first book, Growing American Roots, was released in October 2009. It examines the deep influence of Latinos on American society and lays out his vision for how the Latino community can help America prosper.
Doctor of Humane Letters