Robert Torricelli is an American politician from New Jersey. Torricelli, a Democrat, served 14 years in the U.S. House of Representatives (1983-1996) before being elected to the U.S. Senate (1997-2003).
Torricelli was an assistant to the Governor of New Jersey Brendan Byrne from 1975 to 1977. In 1978 he served on the Staff of Vice President Walter Mondale, and managed the Carter-Mondale campaign in the Illinois primary, at the age of 28. At the 1980 Democratic National Convention, he served the Carter-Mondale campaign on the Rules Committee. In 1982, Torricelli leveraged his political contacts into a run for US Congress, defeating incumbent Republican Harold Hollenbeck. Torricelli served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1983 to 1996 representing the New Jersey’s 9th Congressional District, and then as a U.S. Senator from 1997 to 2003.
Torricelli was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1996, defeating Republican Congressman Dick Zimmer to obtain the seat vacated by the retirement of Democrat Senator Bill Bradley. In 2000, he headed the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and helped the Democrats gain five Senate seats. In 2003 Torricelli raised money for Democratic Presidential candidate John Kerry and donated money to a 527 group called “Americans for Jobs and Health Care.”
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