Scott Garrett

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Scott Garrett currently serves the 5th Congressional district of New Jersey

E. Scott Garrett, a Republican, has represented the Fifth Congressional District of District of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2003 (map).

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Iraq War

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Garrett was born July 9, 1959 in Englewood, New Jersey. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Montclair State University in 1981 and a J.D. from Rutgers School of Law in Camden in 1984.

Prior to being elected to the House, Garrett served in the New Jersey General Assembly (the lower house of the New Jersey Legislature) from 1990 to 2002 representing the 24th legislative district, covering all of Sussex County and several municipalities in Morris and Hunterdon counties.

Congressional career

He made two previous runs for the 5th District seat in the Republican primary, but was defeated each time by longtime incumbent Marge Roukema. When Roukema decided not to seek a 12th term in 2002, Garrett ran for and won the Republican nomination despite Roukema endorsing his major opponent. He faced Anne Sumers, a former Republican turned Democrat, in the general election. Sumers' chances decreased significantly after she made several ill-advised comments about the U.S.-Taliban conflict on an Internet message board, and Garrett won in a rout. He was reelected almost as easily in 2004 with 58% of the vote. He declined to debate Anne Wolfe, his Democratic opponent, several times.

Garrett is one of the most conservative Republicans to represent New Jersey in Congress in a long time. He has the highest rating from the American Conservative Union of any congressman from the Northeast, at a perfect 100.

2006 elections

In 2006, the Democrats nominated Paul Aronsohn to face Garrett in his November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [1] Garrett retained his seat.

Money in politics

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Committees and Affiliations


Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Scott Garrett. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC Office:
1318 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202-225-4465
Fax: 202-225-9048
Web Email

District Office- Newton:
93 Main Street
Newton, NJ 07860
Phone: 973-300-2000
Fax: 973-300-1051

District Office- Paramus:
210 Route 4 East, Suite 206
Paramus, NJ 07652
Phone: 201-712-0330
Fax: 201-712-0930

Articles and Resources

Local blogs and discussion sites

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Current Office: U.S. House of Representatives
111th Congress
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110th Congress
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Committees: House Committee on Budget, House Committee on Financial Services, House Committee on Financial Services/Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit, House Committee on Financial Services/Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity, House Committee on Financial Services/Subcommittee on Capital Markets Insurance and Government Sponsored Enterprises,
Congressional Career
First Elected to Current Office:
November 5, 2002
First Took Current Office:
January 3, 2003
Next Election:
November 2, 2010
Term Ends:
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Previous Political Work?
New Jersey General Assembly,
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District Offices:
1. 93 Main Street, Newton, NJ 07860
Phone: 973-300-2000 / Fax: 973-300-1051
2. 210 Route 4 East, Suite 206, Paramus, NJ 07652
Phone: 201-712-0330 / Fax: 201-712-0930

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Date of Birth: July 9, 1959