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AllPolitics is presenting the freshmen of the 105th Congress every day between now and January. Here's who we've done so far:

Jeff Sessions (R)
Tim Hutchinson (R)
Wayne Allard (R)
Max Cleland (D)
Richard Durbin (D)
Sam Brownback (R)
Pat Roberts (R)
Mary Landrieu (D)
Susan Collins (R)
Chuck Hagel (R)
New Jersey
Robert Torricelli (D)
Gordon Smith (R)
Rhode Island
Jack Reed (D)
South Dakota
Tim Johnson (D)
Mike Enzi (R)

3-Bob Riley (R)
4-Robert Aderholt (R)
1-Marion Berry (D)
2-Victor F. Snyder (D)
3-Asa Hutchinson (R)
10-Ellen Tauscher (D)
22-Walter Holden Capps (D)
24-Brad Sherman (D)
27-James E. Rogan (R)
46-Loretta Sanchez (D)
1-Diana DeGette (D)
4-Robert Schaffer (R)
5-James Maloney (D)
2-Allen Boyd (D)
11-Jim Davis (D)
19-Robert Wexler (D)
3-Leonard Boswell (D)
5-Rod Blagojevich (D)
7-Danny K. Davis (D)
20-John Shimkus (R)
7-Edward Pease (R)
10-Julia Carson (D)
1-Jerry Moran (R)
2-Jim Ryun (R)
3-Vince Snowbarger (R)
3-Anne Meagher Northup (R)
5-John Cooksey (R)
7-Chris John (D)
3-James McGovern (D)
6-John Tierney (D)
10-William Delahunt (D)
1-Tom Allen (D)
8-Debbie Stabenow (D)
15-Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick (D)
3-Charles "Chip" Pickering Jr. (R)
7-Roy Blunt (R)
8-Jo Ann Emerson (I)
9-Kenny Hulshof (R)
At Large-Rick Hill (R)
New Hampshire
1-John E. Sununu (R)
New Jersey
8-William Pascrell Jr. (D)
9-Steven Rothman (D)
12-Mike Pappas (R)
New York
4-Carolyn McCarthy (D)
2-Jim Gibbons (R)
North Carolina
2-Bob Etheridge (D)
4-David E. Price (D)
7-Mike McIntyre (D)
6-Ted Strickland (D)
10-Dennis Kucinich (D)
3-Wes Watkins (R)
2-Bob Smith (R)
5-Darlene Hooley (D)
5-John Peterson (R)
16-Joseph R. Pitts (R)
Rhode Island
2-Robert Weygand (D)
South Dakota
At Large-John Thune (R)
1-Bill Jenkins (R)
9-Harold E. Ford Jr. (D)
1-Max Sandlin (D)
2-Jim Turner (D)
5-Pete Sessions (R)
12-Kay Granger (R)
14-Ron Paul (R)
15-Ruben Hinojosa (D)
16-Silvestre Reyes (D)
2-Merrill Cook (R)
3-Chris Cannon (R)
5-Virgil H. Goode Jr. (D)
9-Adam Smith (D)
3-Ron Kind (D)
8-Jay W. Johnson (D)
New Jersey - 8th District

William Pascrell Jr. (D-N.J.)

Born: Jan. 27, 1937, Paterson, N.J.
Education: Fordham U., B.A. 1959, M.A. 1961.
Military Service: Army, 1961; Army Reserve, 1962-67.
Occupation: City official; teacher.
Family: Wife, Elsie Marie Botto; three children.
Religion: Roman Catholic.
Political Career: N.J. House, 1988-97; mayor of Paterson, 1990- 97.
Capitol Office: 1722 Longworth Bldg. 20515; 225-5751.

By Congressional Quarterly

A veteran state legislator and local official, Pascrell was his party's first choice to take on Rep. Bill Martini after the freshman Republican's narrow victory in 1994 ended 34 years of Democratic hegemony in the 8th District.

With his son, William J. Pascrell III, running the campaign, Pascrell campaigned around the district trying to link Martini to House Speaker Newt Gingrich and the conservative House Republican majority.

Since upsetting freshman Democrat Herb Klein by just 1,800 votes in 1994, Martini had tried to steer a moderate path, bucking his party to support an increase in the minimum wage and opposing efforts to repeal the ban on certain assault weapons. He had the backing of the Sierra Club.

But he voted for provisions in the House Republicans' "Contract With America" 91 percent of the time and supported the Republicans' balanced-budget plan, which made cuts in the projected growth of Medicaid and Medicare.

Though Martini had the support of some local labor unions, most notably those representing transportation workers, he was one of the targets of the AFL-CIO's $35 million advertising campaign during the fall.

Pascrell had the backing of the New Jersey labor federation, and state union leaders eagerly embraced him. He called for programs to retrain workers, saying that jobs was the No. 1 issue on voters' minds in the district, which is a mixture of suburbs and blue- collar towns. The district has suffered in recent years from the same sort of industrial decline that has afflicted numerous Northeastern cities.

During the campaign, Pascrell talked about his upbringing, being the grandson of Italian immigrants and a U.S. Army veteran. As is permitted by New Jersey law, he simultaneously served as mayor of Paterson, the city he grew up in, and as a state representative.

In 1996, his mayoral colleagues elected him "mayor of the year," a bipartisan honor that he touted as proof of his record in helping Paterson rebound from an exodus of manufacturing jobs.

He also said his colleagues' support was evidence of his desire to go beyond party politics and work with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to solve problems.

As a state lawmaker, he supported the still-unpopular tax increase advanced by Democratic New Jersey Gov. James J. Florio in 1990. But as a congressional candidate, he boasted of his effort to eliminate a $1 million deficit in the city budget, and of how he reduced his own salary by $3,000 and did not take a pay raise.

He has called for middle-class tax cuts and a reduction in the capital gains tax if there is a way to ensure that some of the proceeds are used to promote economic growth. He also supports the balanced-budget amendment.

To pay for these tax breaks and to balance the budget, Pascrell said Congress should scale back the tax breaks and other benefits that go to corporations -- the so-called corporate welfare.

On other issues, he fits in with the Democratic mainstream: He supports family leave and the Brady law requiring a waiting period to purchase handguns, opposes the welfare overhaul enacted in the last Congress, and supports additional cuts in defense spending.

A former teacher, Pascrell used his state Legislature position to bring back extra state aid to Paterson. He developed drug education programs and tried to curb the proliferation of pay phones in an attempt to hinder drug dealing in his city.

The 8th District had been represented for more than two decades by Democrat Robert A. Roe, who chaired the House Public Works and Transportation Committee. Martini had a seat on the renamed Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and Pascrell landed a position there as well.

© 1997, Congressional Quarterly Inc. All rights reserved.

New Jersey - 9th District

Steven Rothman (D-N.J.)

Born: Oct. 14, 1952, Englewood, N.J.
Education: Syracuse U., B.A. 1974; Washington U., J.D. 1977.
Occupation: Lawyer.
Family: Divorced; two children.
Religion: Jewish.
Political Career: Mayor of Englewood, 1983-89; Democratic nominee for Bergen County Freeholder, 1989.
Capitol Office: 1607 Longworth Bldg. 20515; 225-5061.

By Congressional Quarterly

Though he faced a strong primary opponent and an even stronger challenger in the 1996 general election, Rothman breezed through both elections to win the congressional seat Robert G. Torricelli gave up after 14 years.

He quickly jumped into the race to succeed Torricelli, who was running for the Senate seat being vacated by retiring Bill Bradley, and won the party endorsement.

But former Fair Lawn Mayor Bob Gordon challenged him in the primary, calling him a tool of the party bosses. Gordon also outspent Rothman better than 2 to 1, putting in more than $350,000 out of his own pocket. Despite the monetary disadvantage, Rothman polled 79 percent of the vote.

In the general election, Rothman faced Bergen County Clerk Kathleen A. Donovan, the kind of socially moderate, fiscally conservative Republican who, like Gov. Christine Todd Whitman and Rep. Marge Roukema in the 5th District, wins office in New Jersey.

Donovan also had been chairwoman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, a bistate authority that runs the region's airports and many of its bridges and tunnels.

Rothman again won with votes to spare, this time with 55 percent of the vote. In a district where the cost of television is prohibitive, Rothman went door-to-door, talking up his record as mayor of Englewood and as judge of the Bergen County Surrogate Court.

On many issues, Rothman is a classic Democrat, supporting abortion rights, gun control and Pentagon spending cuts. He opposes term limits and the welfare overhaul bill signed into law by President Clinton during the 104th Congress.

Rothman, however, campaigned as a fiscal conservative, highlighting his efforts as mayor of Englewood to reduce the city's tax rate, while attacking Donovan for her use of the Port Authority helicopter and limousine.

He also tried to link Donovan to House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R- Ga., whom polls showed was very unpopular in New Jersey. Rothman repeatedly reminded audiences that Donovan's first vote as a congresswoman could very well be to re-elect Gingrich as Speaker.

Although the district, with its affluent New York City suburbs in Bergen and Hudson counties, has shown some willingness to support Republicans, Donovan faced voters who routinely gave Torricelli more than 55 percent of the vote.

Still, Donovan countered Rothman's attacks with her record of moderation, and endorsements from such groups as the Sierra Club and New Jersey Education Association.

A single mother who lives with her child and her father, she stressed her opposition to the House Republicans' balanced-budget plan, which relied on cuts in the projected growth of Medicaid and Medicare.

Once elected, Rothman spent his first few days in Washington lobbying his Democratic colleagues before they filled the vacancies on House committees. He landed a seat on International Relations, where Torricelli played a major role in foreign affairs. He also will serve on the Judiciary Committee.

He also found an apartment in Washington; he will continue to live in Fair Lawn, N.J., where he has joint custody of his two children, and commute to the Capitol when there are votes. In fact, in the midst of the Democratic organizational meetings, he flew back to New Jersey to attend a parent-teacher conference.

As a legislator, Rothman said he would try to create special education accounts, in which the interest on money deposited would be tax-free if the proceeds were used to help pay a child's college costs.

Like Torricelli, he is expected to be a vote for gun control; he backs the assault weapons ban and the Brady bill's waiting period for handgun purchases. He also supports the death penalty and opposes parole for violent criminals. During the campaign, he touted his record in reducing crime in Englewood.

© 1997, Congressional Quarterly Inc. All rights reserved.

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