Cory Booker is a United States Senator from New Jersey, although not a native, he was born in Washington, D.C. Before holding this position, Booker served as the mayor of New Jersey’s largest city, Newark. Under Booker’s leadership, the city entered its biggest period of economic growth since the 1960s. Also during his tenure, overall crime decreased and the quality of life improved for citizens with the addition of affordable housing, new green spaces and parks, more education opportunities, and more efficient city services. Now, while holding office in the U.S. Senate, he continues to take strides in improving the quality of life for everyone. Since being electing to the Senate in 2013, Booker has innovative in bringing people together to get things done for his state. The focus of his work created new jobs, improves economic opportunity for New Jersey citizens, speeds the Hurricane Sandy recovery, and addresses the economic issues concerning the middle class.
In addition to these key issues, Booker has focused a lot of his time on advocating to legalize medical marijuana. In 2015, Booker along with Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Rand Paul, introduced a historic medical marijuana bill to drastically reshape the landscape of the drug. The bill sought to end the federal prohibition on medical marijuana and eliminate the ambiguity surrounding related state laws. It also hoped to facilitate limited trade, expand research, and shift marijuana out of the most severe category in the federal government’s drug classification. Booker is a major proponent in the fight to legalize medical marijuana, as he recently just reintroduced the bill with more sponsors.