Cory Booker is a junior senator representing New Jersey at the US Senate. He is a Democrat and also the first African-American senator to represent New Jersey. Formerly, he served as the Mayor of Newark for a period of seven years where he co-sponsored and voted for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act in 2013. He is popular as the senator who was in support of more stringent action sanctions against Iran. Also, he became the first incumbent senator to testify against a comrade during Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions’ confirmation hearing. Here are more interesting facts about the politician below.
He was born as Cory Anthony Booker on April 27, 1969, in Washington and was raised in Harrington Park, New Jersey. He studied at the Northern Valley Regional High School, Old Tappan and played football. After that, he studied political science at Stanford University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1991. The following year being 1992, he obtained a Masters degree in Sociology. Cory Booker was also given a Rhodes Scholarship in 1994 which took him to study history at the University of Oxford.
He went further to earn his Juris Doctor at Yale Law School in 1997. While at Yale, he conducted free legal clinics for low-income residents and was one of the founding members of the Shabtai Society. In addition, Cory Booker also joined the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America which enabled him to function actively at the National Black Law Students Association.
A Brief On His Legal and Political Career
After his graduation from Yale, Cory Booker began to contemplate advocacy work and also set his eyes on the city council in Newark. He then worked as a staff attorney for the Urban Justice Center in New York and also worked part-time as a Newark Youth Project program coordinator. In 1998, Cory won a seat at the Municipal Council of Newark and began to draw attention to drug deals and violence issues. He achieved this by going on a hunger strike and living in a tent and motorhome in areas where drug-deals were paramount. He then introduced initiatives in the council that impacted lots of changes in areas such as housing, law and order, young people and several other issues. In 2002, Cory began contesting for the position of Mayor but lost. However, in 2006, he contested again and won with his comrades who also swept the city council elections.
In 2010, he was re-elected as Mayor, although two out of his 9 comrades in the city council lost during that election. In 2013, Cory Booker ran for the U.S. Senate seat and won, replacing the late Frank Lautenberg and has since been a strong and avid member of the Senate. Subsequently, he joined the Congressional Black Caucus, as well as the Congressional NextGen 9-1-1 Caucus in which he had committee assignments in various subcommittees such as; Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard, Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security, among others.
He has so far become a heavyweight in American politics and has played active roles in a handful of policies, including; abortion rights, affirmative action, civil liberties, climate change, confederate monuments, education, and gun rights among a host of other policies.
What Is Cory Booker’s Salary and Net Worth Currently?
Cory’s youthful exuberance and celebrity looks have always attracted the eye of the media. Notably, his first mayoral campaign was also captured in a documentary which was later nominated for the Oscar Academy Awards. As a senator, he earns about $174,000 a year in salary. But apart from his earnings as a public servant, he gets royalties that are more than twice his income at the congress from his published book titled United: Thoughts on Finding Common Ground and Advancing the Common Good. With all these and other sources of income, Cory has over $3 million in net worth, a figure expected to increase substantially in the near future.
His Immediate Family Members
Cory Booker’s parents Carolyn Rose and Cary Alfred Booker also set a few records of their own. They were one of the first black senior administrators to be hired by IBM but due to racial discrimination, however, they faced rough times throughout their careers. Carolyn and Cary were even denied the right to own a house in an all-white neighborhood. However, with the help of the fair housing council, they sued and won the case which allowed them to own any house they wanted.
His older brother who is two years older than him is named Cary Booker II. Cory’s dad, Cary Booker Snr., died in 2013 at the age of 76 after battling Parkinson’s disease but his mom is still alive.
What’s Cory Booker’s Next Move?
During the countdown to the US Presidential Race for 2020, Booker was widely speculated to contest for the position of the US President. Although he first expressed uncertainty concerning this expectation, he eventually announced his presidential ambition on February 1, 2019. Immediately after his announcement, he got massive support from across the country, especially the New Jersey governor, Phil Murphy, the senior US Senator from New Jersey, Bob Menendez, as well as all the Democratic Representatives from New Jersey.
Cory might just turn out to be the next African-American president of the United States of America.