ENGLEWOOD, N.J. -- Happy birthday to former U.S. Rep. Steve Rothman.
Rothman, an Englewood native, turns 63 today.
Born Oct. 14, 1952, in Englewood and raised in Tenafly, Rothman was mayor of Englewood from 1983-89, ran unsuccessfully for freeholder and was then elected county surrogate.
He has lived in Wyckoff and Fair Lawn.
In 1996, he ran for Congress in New Jersey's 9th District, where he served until his district was changed by the state Redistricting Commission and he was placed in the 5th District. There he would face conservative Congressman Scott Garrett and an unfavorable electorate. He moved from Fair Lawn back to Englewood and ran against a fellow Democrat, current U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell of Paterson, who defeated him in the primary election and holds the seat today.
While in Congress, Rothman defeated Republican County Clerk Kathleen Donovan; Americans for Prosperity activist and former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan; and a series of lesser-knowns. From 2002-06 he won re-election every two years by a margin of at least 36 percentage points.
In Congress, Rothman was known as a strong advocate of Israel, one who emphasized foreign relations and an advocate of defense and homeland security.
In January 2013, he joined the well-known law firm and lobbyist Sills Cummis & Gross, where he chairs the firm’s Interdisciplinary Defense Industry Group and also practices government relations/public policy and litigation.