William J. Pascrell Jr. is a Representative from New Jersey. He was born in Paterson, N.J. on January 25, 1937.
He received his B.A. from Fordham University in 1959, and his M.A. from Fordham University in 1961. He served in the United States Army from 1961-1962 and the United States Army Reserve from 1962-1967.
He worked as a teacher and became president of the Paterson, N.J. board of education from 1979-1982. He was a member of the New Jersey state general assembly from 1988-1996. He was elected mayor of Paterson, N.J. from 1990-1996.
He was elected as a Democrat to the One Hundred Fifth and to the ten succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1997-present).