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Meet the Ranking Member

Ranking Member Frank Pallone Jr.

On January 6, 2015, Frank Pallone, Jr. was sworn in for his 14th full term in the U.S. House of Representatives. Pallone represents New Jersey's 6th Congressional District, which covers most of Middlesex County, as well as the Bayshore and oceanfront areas of Monmouth County.

Throughout his career, Pallone has been a leader in protecting the integrity of the Medicare guarantee and Medicaid programs, making the nation’s food system safer, strengthening laws to keep our air and water clean, making health care more affordable and accessible, and supporting initiatives that advance and protect the public health.

Pallone is the Ranking Member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which has jurisdiction over issues pertaining to energy, environment, health care, commerce, and telecommunications. He has held a seat on the Energy and Commerce Committee since 1992 and has served on all the Committee’s legislative subcommittees.

From 2006 to 2014, Pallone served as the top Democrat on the Committee’s Subcommittee on Health. As Chairman during the 111th Congress, Pallone played a key role in authoring and passing the Affordable Care Act. The landmark law extends health care coverage to millions of Americans, while driving down health care costs and reigning in abusive tactics used by insurance companies to deny medical  treatment.

Over the years, Pallone has consistently fought to improve health outcomes for children specifically. In the 113th Congress, Pallone  introduced legislation to extend funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which provides health care coverage to more  than 8 million children living in low and middle-income households. An original author of CHIP, which was signed into law in 1997, Pallone  has repeatedly pushed to expand health care coverage through the program to ensure that children have access to the care they need.

Pallone was also one of the main authors of food safety reform, which emphasizes prevention and safety measures that help to ensure food is safe before it reaches the kitchen tables of millions of families. In the 112th Congress, Pallone introduced the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Reform Act of 2012 to ensure that Americans have access to safe and effective drugs and medical devices.   

First elected to Congress in 1988 on a platform to put a stop to ocean dumping on the Jersey Shore, Congressman Pallone has long been committed to the protection and restoration of environmental resources. For decades, he has worked successfully to stop offshore oil and gas drilling in the Atlantic Ocean, strengthen the federal Superfund program to clean up toxic waste sites, keep pollutants out of our waterways, and promote the development of renewable energy. 

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 3rd District and was re-elected in 1992 to the newly formed 6th District.

Pallone married the former Sarah Hospodor in 1992. They have three children, daughters Rose Marie and Celeste Teresa, and a son, Frank Andrew.