Robert Torricelli

Born Aug 27, 1951

Robert Guy Torricelli, nicknamed "the Torch," is an American politician from the U.S. state of New Jersey. Torricelli, a Democrat, served 14 years in the U.S. House of Representatives before being elected to the U.S. Senate. He served a single term in the Senate and decided not to run for reelection after a campaign finance scandal involving contributions by David Chang, an imprisoned Korean businessman.… Read More

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1951 Birth Born on August 27, 1951.


1974 22 Years Old Torricelli was born in Paterson, New Jersey, the son of Betty (Lotz), a school librarian, and Salvatore Torricelli, a lawyer. After graduation from Storm King School in Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York, Torricelli attended Rutgers University where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1974.
1977 25 Years Old He then earned his law degree in 1977 from Rutgers Law School.
1978 26 Years Old 1 More Event
He was admitted to the New Jersey bar in 1978 and later attended Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, earning a master's in public administration in 1980. … Read More
1980 28 Years Old At the 1980 Democratic National Convention, he served as the director of the Rules Committee. … Read More


1983 31 Years Old Torricelli served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1983 until 1997 representing New Jersey's 9th congressional district. … Read More


1992 40 Years Old He sponsored the Cuban Democracy Act of 1992 which prohibits U.S. trade with Cuba. … Read More
1996 44 Years Old He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1996, defeating Republican Congressman Dick Zimmer to obtain the seat vacated by the retirement of Democratic Senator Bill Bradley. … Read More
2000 48 Years Old In 2000, he headed the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee which regained the Democratic majority in the Senate. … Read More


2002 50 Years Old When Torricelli withdrew from the campaign on September 30, 2002, he stated that despite leaving public office in a different way than he had planned, he was proud of his service. … Read More
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