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Matthew John Rinaldo

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Matthew John "Matt" Rinaldo (September 1, 1931 – October 13, 2008) was an American Republican Party politician who represented New Jersey in the United States House of Representatives for twenty years in the 12th congressional district (1973–1983) and in the 7th congressional district (1983–1993).

Matthew J. Rinaldo
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 7th district
In office
January 3, 1983 – January 3, 1993
Preceded byMarge Roukema
Succeeded byBob Franks
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 12th district
In office
January 3, 1973 – January 3, 1983
Preceded byFlorence P. Dwyer
Succeeded byJim Courter
Member of the New Jersey Senate
In office
Personal details
Matthew John Rinaldo

(1931-09-01)September 1, 1931
Elizabeth, New Jersey, U.S.
DiedOctober 13, 2008(2008-10-13) (aged 77)
West Caldwell, New Jersey, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Alma materRutgers University–New Brunswick
Seton Hall University

Born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, Rinaldo graduated from St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark, N.J. in 1949, then went on to receive a B.S. from Rutgers University (1953), an M.B.A., Seton Hall University (1959) and a D.P.A., from New York University, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service (1979). He was elected to the Union Township Zoning Board of Adjustment (1962–1963), the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders (1963–1964), and the New Jersey Senate (1967–1972). Rinaldo was elected as a Republican to the 93rd and to the nine succeeding U.S. Congresses (January 3, 1973 – January 3, 1993). Representative Rinaldo sat on the House Permanent Committee on Select Aging, as Minority Leader of the Committee, and the House Committee for Energy and Commerce.

Prior to his retirement, Rinaldo listed among his top accomplishments a bill to limit the airing of commercials during children's programming and securing public access to pollution data under the Superfund law.[1]

He died on October 13, 2008, from complications related to Parkinson's disease after several years of poor health.[2]


  1. ^ Cohen, Robert (2008-10-13). "Former Rep. Matthew J. Rinaldo, 77, dies". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 2008-10-14.
  2. ^ Rinaldo dies at 77

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