Senator Cory Booker is connected to the people he serves and the challenges they face every day. Since winning election to the United States Senate in October 2013, Cory has been innovative, persistent and put partisanship aside, working to create new jobs, improve economic opportunity for all New Jerseyans, speed the pace of Hurricane Sandy recovery and address the economic squeeze facing middle class families. Under his leadership as mayor, New Jersey’s largest city, Newark, not only entered its biggest period of economic growth since the 1960s, but it also saw a decline in crime and increases in affordable housing, green spaces and parks, educational opportunities and more efficient city services. Born in Washington, D.C., Cory was raised in Harrington Park in Bergen County, New Jersey. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Stanford University, where he also played for the football team. Cory ran a crisis hotline for students and worked with disadvantaged youth in East Palo Alto. He then attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar where he ran a student tutoring and mentoring program in a disadvantaged community. Cory earned his law degree from Yale Law School, where he helped lead free legal clinics for New Haven residents.