Cory Booker, the current Democratic junior senator of New Jersey — and its first Black senator — was the mayor of Newark from 2006 to 2013. Raised in Harrington Park, New Jersey, before attending Stanford University, Oxford University, and Yale Law School, Booker returned to the state and was elected to Newark City Council in 1998. In 2006, he was elected mayor, defeating incumbent Sharpe James. He is known for his commitment to education reform. Booker was interviewed by Kerry L. Haynie, associate professor of political science and African & African American studies, February 4, 2009, in Durham. This interview was transcribed by Mary Coyne.