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Cory Booker currently serves as a U.S. Senator for the state of New Jersey. He has spent his entire professional life in Newark; after serving as a Staff Attorney for the Urban Justice Center and as a Program Coordinator of the Newark Youth Project, in 1998, Cory rose to prominence by upsetting a four-term incumbent to become Newark's Central Ward Councilman. During his four years of service, Cory earned a reputation as a leader with innovative ideas and bold actions, from increasing security in public housing to building new playgrounds. Cory ran for mayor of Newark in 2002, narrowly losing to the incumbent, and in 2006 he ran again, this time winning the election to become Mayor of Newark until 2014 when elected Senator. Cory is a member of several boards including the Executive Committee of Yale Law School, Columbia University Teachers' College Board of Trustees, the Black Alliance for Educational Options, North Star Academy, and Integrity Inc. He received a B.A. in political science in 1991 and an M.A. in sociology in 1992 from Stanford University. He then traveled to Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar and received an honors degree in Modern history in 1994. In 1997, he earned his law degree from Yale University. Cory is a member of the 2003 class of Henry Crown Fellows and the Aspen Global Leadership Network at the Aspen Institute.