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Rep. Albio Sires (D-West New York). (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Sires gets huge labor support in bid for 9th term in Congress

Hudson County Democrat faces two primary opponents on July 7

By David Wildstein, June 19 2020 9:24 am

Nine labor unions have endorsed Rep. Albio Sires (D-West New York) in his bid for re-election to New Jersey’s 8th district.

The AFL-CIO, Amalgamated Transit Union International. Laborers International Union, New Jersey Education Association. Teamsters Local 469, NJ State Council of Machinists. Operating Engineers Local 68, Hudson County Central Labor Council and the PATH Labor Coalition are backing him for a ninth term in Congress.

Sires faces Democratic primary challenges from Hector Oseguera and Will Sheehan in his bid for re-election to a 9th term in Congress.

A former Assembly Speaker and West New York mayor, Sires was elected to the House in 2006 to replace Bob Menendez.  Menendez had been appointed to the U.S. Senate earlier that year.

Sires filled the remaining two months of Menendez’s term, giving him a jump on seniority over the other 54 House members elected in the 2006 mid-term elections.

Last year, when Democrats took control of the House, Sires became the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Western Hemisphere Subcommittee.

Sires is the fourth-longest serving member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Hudson County, behind: Mary Teresa Norton, who served 26 years (1925-1951), Edward J. Hart, who spent 20 years in the House (1935 to 1955), and Dominick Daniels, who retired in 1976 after serving 18 years in Congress.

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