Rep. Josh Gottheimer was raised in North Caldwell, New Jersey, the son of a preschool teacher and a small business owner. After college, he worked in the Clinton White House as a speechwriter, and later worked at the Ford Motor Company and as a Senior Advisor to the Chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. In Congress, he represents the Fifth Congressional District in northern New Jersey.
In office, Gottheimer helped pass H.R. 1, the For the People Act, which is the most comprehensive anti-corruption and democracy reform bill to pass the House since Watergate. The bill is being denied a fair vote by Mitch McConnell and the special interests who control the U.S. Senate. H.R. 1 would take on dark money and foreign interference in our elections, fix our broken campaign finance system, tighten ethics laws, crack down on lobbyists, limit partisan gerrymandering used to manipulate elections, and expand and protect the right to vote. Gottheimer represents a swing district and faces a tough re-election fight in 2020.
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