|Address||6050 Boulevard East Apt. 6B|
West New York, New Jersey 07093, United States
|| January 26, 1951
Aug 20, 2015 06:00pm
Hispanic - Pro Free Trade - Married - Catholic -
|Info||Albio Sires |
Albio Sires is a Cuban-American Democratic politician and the current Congressman for New Jersey's 13th district. He was previously a representative to the New Jersey General Assembly, where he represented the 33rd legislative district.
Sires received a B.A. from Saint Peter's College in Spanish and Marketing and was awarded an M.A. from Middlebury College in Spanish. He is the owner of the A.M. Title Agency Inc.
Sires served as Assembly Speaker from 2002-2006 and was the first Hispanic to serve in that capacity. He was considered a surprise pick for speaker, since he had only served one term in the Assembly before taking the position. It has been reported that he was elected as speaker after Gov.-elect Jim McGreevey decided he did not want Minority Leader Joseph Doria to serve as speaker during his governorship.
During his tenure as speaker, Sires served as Acting Governor of New Jersey on several occasions, when McGreevey and then acting Gov. Richard Codey left the state. He was the first Hispanic to serve as Acting Governor of New Jersey. As Acting Governor, Sires signed several bills into law and performed routine duties of the office.
Sires was also Mayor of West New York from 1995 to 2006. Sires was succeeded both as mayor and in the Assembly by Silverio Vega, who, like Sires, will serve simultaneously in both offices.
Sires won election to the United States House of Representatives from New Jersey's 13th congressional district for the 110th Congress and also won the special election to complete the final two months of Robert Menendez's term. Menendez moved up to the United States Senate to fill the seat vacated by Governor of New Jersey Jon Corzine.
In the primary, Sires beat Perth Amboy mayor and fellow assemblyman Joseph Vas. In the simultaneous special primary to fill the remaining two months, Sires won 90% of the vote, defeating James Geron, assuring Sires of a Congressional seat as no Republican was seeking the term. Vas did not seek the unexpired term seat.
In the general election, Sires faced Republican John Guarini — a salesman and second cousin of former New Jersey Democratic Rep. Frank J. Guarini — who was unopposed for the GOP nomination.
After winning the election with 78%, Sires was sworn into the House on November 13, 2006 to begin to fill the remaining term of Senator Robert Menendez.
Sires joins a handful of Cuban-lawmakers serving in the House, though he is the only Democrat.
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