Few politicians have risen to national prominence as fast as Cory Booker. Five years ago he was mayor of a medium-sized city New Jersey city. Now, a US Senator, he is widely whispered about as a possible Democratic Presidential candidate for 2020.
After graduating from Stanford and Yale Law School, Booker won an upset victory to get a seat on the Newark Municipal Council. Then, in 1998, he staged a ten day hunger strike and lived in a tent to draw attention to the open-air drug dealing and associated issues plaguing Newark. His effective campaigning for important issues would eventually lead to him being voted as Mayor for two terms starting in 2006, and later US Senator in a 2013 special election.
In January 2017, Booker made history, becoming the first sitting Senator to openly testify against a fellow congressman. During a confirmation hearing, Booker testified against Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, recently nominated by President Trump to serve as Attorney General.
“The arc of the moral universe does not just naturally curve toward justice,” he said at the time, referencing a famous saying by Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. “We must bend it. America needs an attorney general who is resolute and determined to bend the arc. Senator Sessions record does not speak to that desire, intention or will.”
The activities Booker engages in to support his causes stretch far and wide, from writing the New York Times bestselling United, to sharing the plight of Dreamers on his Instagram feed.
He has been especially vocal about ongoing separation of immigrant children from their parents at the US-Mexico border. Booker took to social media to call it “moral vandalism.”
“This is a shameful chapter in American history,” he said. “We’re the country that goes around and tells other nations not to do things like this. Our humanity is being scarred, not just the children.”
Booker also vocally endorses the legalization of medical marijuana, highlighting its ability to lessen the frequency and duration of seizures.
But he’s also got a sense of humor too. When recently asked by a TMZ to Corey Lewandowski’s notorious “womp, womp” on cable news during an account of a child with Down’s Syndrome being separated from immigrant parent, the Senator said, “There’s a proud tradition of Coreys… I think that Corey needs to do everything he can to rejoin that group of respectable Coreys.”
Senator Booker spells his name without an “e,” but we still could not have said it any better ourselves.
As Cory Booker continues to raise the standard America expects from its Corys (or Coreys), we have looked through the Senator’s Instagram account and have found the five best examples of his Senatorial but suave fashion sense.
Checking out the view
The Senator appeared as a guest on the daytime talk show The View where he chatted with, amongst others, Meghan McCain, the daughter of Republican Senator John McCain. His main topic was the “need to find common ground in our nation despite our differences.” We would say: job well done! For the occasion, he chose a sleek black suit paired with a white button-down shirt and a patterned mint green tie.
Cory Booker and Duane Johnson – separated at birth?
In his own words: “I hope this settles it. We are not the same guy.” He may have been joking but Cory Booker and Dwayne Johnson sure do share a similarly suave sense of style. In this picture he posted to celebrate Johnson’s birthday, Booker is cool and collected in his signature brilliant white shirt and svelte navy blue blazer.
Allies in arms
Booker poses alongside another rising star in the Democratic Party, Senator Kamala Harris. Together the duo recently joined the Senate Judiciary Committee, becoming only the second and third African-Americans to do so in the Committee’s 200-year history. Booker is striking in a navy blue suit worn with a white shirt and an orange patterned tie.
Walking the walk
Booker is seen here in 2016 on a visit to a refugee camp in Aleppo, Syria in navy blue suit pants with a blue button-down shirt rolled up at the sleeves. The Senator often conveys his gratitude to the people of New Jersey for welcoming in refugees from all nations.
In his younger years, Booker was an avid basketball player. Here he takes a few shots of arcade basketball with Congressman John Lewis, who Booker notes spent his youth working on something much more important than his jump shot. Lewis spent his teens and twenties as a prominent leader in the Civil Rights Movement. Booker is seen in a classic charcoal suit with a white shirt and eye-catching purple tie.
Lead photo: JD Lasica (CC2.0)