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Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) has represented central New Jersey in Congress since 1988.
Pallone is a senior member on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and serves as the top Democrat on the Committee's Subcommittee on Health.
As Health Subcommittee Chairman during the 111th Congress, Pallone played a leading role in passing the Affordable Care Act. The landmark law extended health care coverage to an additional 32 million Americans and reformed the nation’s health care system.
Pallone also serves on the Committee's Environment and Economy and the Communications and Technology Subcommittees and is a member of the House Natural Resources Committee.
Pallone holds an important leadership position within the House Democratic Caucus. As the Communications Chair of the Democratic Policy Committee, the Congressman plays an active role in developing and implementing the Democratic Party's message. In this capacity, Pallone coordinates the party's message on the floor of the House of Representatives.
Frank Pallone, Jr., was born and raised in Long Branch, New Jersey, where he still resides. He is a graduate of Middlebury College, holds a master's degree in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and earned his law degree at Rutgers University.
Pallone began his political career in his home city of Long Branch, getting elected to the City Council in 1982 and winning re-election four years later. In 1983, he was elected to the state Senate, representing the Monmouth County coastline and was re-elected in 1987. On November 8, 1988, at the age of 37, Pallone was elected to the House of Representatives from New Jersey's former Third District and was re-elected in 1992 to the newly formed Sixth District.
Pallone and his wife Sarah have three children; daughters Rose Marie and Celeste Teresa, and a son, Frank Andrew.