The United States Senate will soon boast two members who are proud holders of a Rutgers School of Law–Newark degree. The Honorable Robert Menendez, who was reelected to a second term as a Senator from New Jersey, will be joined by Harvard Law Professor Elizabeth Warren, elected yesterday to represent the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Said Dean John J. Farmer, Jr.: “Rutgers School of Law–Newark congratulates Senator Menendez and Senator-elect Warren, two passionate advocates for social justice who have used their law degree to make a real difference in the lives of the less privileged. We are especially proud to call them exemplars of the Rutgers Law commitment to excellence, impact and opportunity.”
Robert Menendez, Class of 1979, counts a number of firsts in his public service career, including first Latino elected to the New Jersey State Senate and first Latino elected from New Jersey to the U.S. House of Representatives where he rose to become the third-highest ranking Democrat. He currently serves on the Senate Committees on Finance, Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, and Foreign Relations. He chairs the Banking Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation and Community Development, and the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Peace Corps, and Global Narcotics Affairs.
Elizabeth Warren, Class of 1976, is the first woman to serve as a U.S. Senator from Massachusetts. A bankruptcy law expert, she began teaching at Harvard Law School in 1992. After the 2008 financial crisis she was named chair of the Congressional panel to oversee the Troubled Asset Relief Program and in 2010 was appointed Assistant to the President and Special Advisor to the Secretary of the Treasury on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Warren was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2010, and by the National Law Journal as one of the 50 most influential women attorneys in America.