Frank Pallone has been fighting for the people he is elected to represent since his first day in Congress. The 6th district encompasses most of Middlesex County, as well as the Bayshore and oceanfront areas of Monmouth County.
Throughout his tenure in Congress, Frank’s legislative accomplishments have been focused on the protection and restoration of environmental resources, making health care more affordable and accessible, and helping to grow and strengthen our middle class. Frank was elected by his colleagues to serve as the Ranking Member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which has jurisdiction over a tremendous range of issue that touch nearly everyone’s life everyday - issues pertaining to energy, environment, health care, commerce and telecommunications just to name a few.
Frank has been able to use his leadership position to fight for and pass key legislation in the 114th Congress. Just this past year, Frank was the lead sponsor of the Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015 that was signed into law and keeps harmful substances from polluting our waterways. Pallone co-sponsored and negotiated The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act that was signed into law by the President that modernized safety standards and protects consumers from potential harmful chemicals. In 2015, as Ranking Member Pallone helped pass through committee and eventually to the President’s desk The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act that provided first responders with the medical coverage they desperately deserved.
Frank also led the fight to reform the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Reform Act of 2012, ensuring that Americans have access to safe and effective drugs and medical devices. Frank is also proud of his role in the historic Affordable Care Act. The landmark law extends health care coverage to an additional 32 million Americans while driving down health care costs and reigning in abusive tactics used by insurance companies to deny medical treatment. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, 105 million Americans no longer have a lifetime limit on their coverage and 5.1 million seniors have saved $3.2 billion on their prescription drugs, to date.
Whether it is fighting the to stop drilling off our coast, to get resources for our communities devastated by Sandy, or to protect Social Security and Medicare, Frank never waivers in his commitment to those he is elected to serve. He has stood up to adversaries time and time again and never backs down from a fight. He stood up to those in his own party in opposing the Defense of Marriage Act, and continues to be a leader in the fight for true equality for LGBT Americans. He is using his seniority in Washington to raise attention to the epidemic of opioid addiction that is plaguing our community, and fighting to get resources needed to address this public health crisis that is destroying families. Frank also recognized that for far too long mental illness, which afflicts millions of Americans, was being ignored. He teamed with colleagues like Congressman Kennedy to bring parity to our mental health system, and is currently leading the discussion in Washington to bring about further reforms to allow for more accessible and effective treatment.
The son of a policeman, Frank was born in Long Branch, and attended the local public schools and earned an academic scholarship to Middlebury College. After graduating from Middlebury Pallone received his master's degree in international relations at the Fletcher School and came home to New Jersey to earn his law degree at Rutgers University, Pallone began his political career in his home city of Long Branch, getting elected to the City Council and later to the State Senate. Frank has always known that he wanted to give back to his home town and his state as a public servant, fighting for the residents from City Hall to the Capitol. It was the local issues – ocean dumping, concerns of the local fisherman, stories of struggles from the neighborhood waitress – that were Frank’s call to public service. It is those same issues that keep Frank fighting today in Washington.
Frank and his wife Sarah still reside in his hometown of Long Branch. They have three children, daughters Rose Marie and Celeste Teresa, and a son, Frank Andrew.