Steven R. Rothman is the former U.S. Representative for New Jersey’s Ninth Congressional District, Bergen County’s Surrogate Court Judge and Mayor of the City of Englewood, New Jersey.
He served in Congress from January 1997 to January 2013 and was a member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, which recommends the allocation of all the discretionary funds in the federal budget. He also served on the House Judiciary, Foreign Affairs and Science and Technology Committees.
Highlights of Steve Rothman’s congressional career include his instrumental role in saving the last 8,400 acres of undeveloped land in the New Jersey Meadowlands; limiting air traffic at Teterboro Airport; authoring the Secure our Schools Act that provided hundreds of millions of dollars to New Jersey and U.S. schools for security upgrades; bringing billions of dollars back to his district for hospitals, law enforcement and environmental cleanup; a strong Pro-Israel record that culminated in U.S. funding for Israel’s Iron Dome rocket defense and David’s Sling, Arrow 2 and Arrow 3 anti-missile systems; having a robust and much-envied constituent service operation, and enjoying a lifelong reputation for the highest ethical and professional standards.
As Bergen County’s Surrogate Court Judge from 1993 to 1996, Steve provided the Bergen County Surrogate’s Office with modern computers and management practices, which enabled a 55% increase in cases processed while reducing staff levels through attrition. He facilitated improved access to public documents and had the highest rate of return on monies invested for minors of any surrogate in the state.
In his two terms as Mayor of Englewood from 1983 to 1989, Steve effected a renaissance of the city. Among other accomplishments, he was instrumental in cutting Englewood’s crime rate, lowering its tax rate, taking the city from near bankruptcy to a five million dollar surplus, raising its bond rating to the highest since 1938 and shepherding a $22 million public-private partnership that ended Englewood’s time as a “food desert” by bringing a supermarket complex to the West Street area in need of redevelopment. His tenure was described as “effectuating one of the most significant and important changes in Englewood’s history.”
In 1977, Steve earned his Juris Doctor degree at the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Missouri. He graduated from Syracuse University in 1974 with a B.A. Degree, majoring in Political Philosophy. Steve’s primary and secondary school education occurred in public schools. In 1970, he graduated from Tenafly High School, after having attended the Tenafly Junior High School, Tenafly’s Maugham Elementary School and Englewood’s Roosevelt Elementary School.
Steve Rothman has been licensed to practice law since 1978. He is a member in good standing in both the New Jersey and New York Bar Associations. He started his career as a trial attorney in Jersey City before setting up his own law office for the general practice of law in Englewood, though he no longer engages in the private practice of law.