Encyclopedia of Immigrant Health

2012 Edition
| Editors: Sana Loue, Martha Sajatovic

Rodino, Peter

  • Paula A. Franzese
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-5659-0_666

Congressman Peter W. Rodino, Jr., (1909–2005), who famously presided over the Watergate hearings, helped to shape immigration policy during his 40 year tenure in the House of Representatives. Born and raised in Newark, New Jersey, Congressman Rodino represented the state’s Tenth District and, for a number of years, chaired the House of Representatives’ Committee on the Judiciary. Before entering Congress, he served in the US Army. After retiring from Congress, Congressman Rodino taught at Seton Hall University School of Law until several months before his death in 2005.

Congressman Rodino held the Preamble to the US Constitution in the highest esteem, regarding it as providing a set of guiding principles. He labored to weave the Preamble’s goals into the legislation he proposed. A shining example of his Preamble-centric philosophy came during the hearings on the Social Security Act of 1965, which provided for Medicaid and Medicare. In a statement in support of the legislation,...

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Suggested Readings

  1. 111 Cong. Rec. 21,593 (1965).Google Scholar
  2. 111 Cong. Rec. 7359 (1965).Google Scholar
  3. Rodino, P. W., Jr. (1990). Living with the preamble. Rutgers Law Review, 42(3), 685–700.Google Scholar
  4. Rodino, J. (2007). Fifty two words my husband taught me: Love, inspiration, and the constitution: The legacy of congressman Peter Rodino. West Orange: DRJ.Google Scholar

Suggested Resources

  1. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, Rodino, Peter Wallace, Jr. Retrieved from http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=R000374.
  2. Kaufman, M. T. (2005, May 9). Former Rep. Peter W. Rodino is dead at 95; Led House Watergate Hearings. New York Times. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/2005/05/09/nyregion/09rodino.html
  3. The Peter Rodino Law Library, Biographical Note. Retrieved from http://law.shu.edu/library/rodino/findingaid/historical-biographical-note.cfm

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paula A. Franzese
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  1. 1.Seton Hall University School of LawNewarkUSA