A top Senator pops crucial question under Capitol dome
December 10th, 2013
12:19 PM ET
9 years ago

A top Senator pops crucial question under Capitol dome

Updated 1:54 p.m., 12/10/2013

Washington (CNN) - Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Menendez chose a landmark location to deliver an important proposal.

The Democrat from New Jersey Monday proposed to fellow Garden State resident Alicia Mucci in the Capitol Rotunda Monday. A spokeswoman for the Senator confirmed to CNN that the newly engaged couple soon after spread the word of their impending nuptials as they attended the White House congressional holiday ball, followed by a dinner with friends.

Politico was first to report Menendez's engagement.

The 59-year old divorcee was married from 1976-2005 to his first wife, Jane, a teacher. They had two children together.

As for the bride to be, Menendez Communications Director Patricia Enright tells CNN that "Alicia Mucci lives in Bergen County and manages a series of real estate investments for a living. The couple met some time ago at a fundraiser and have been dating for more than a year."

Menendez did thank friends and family on Twitter for their congratulations, and Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona Tuesday morning tweeted "Congratulations to @SenatorMenendez on engagement yesterday!"

CNN Capitol Hill Reporter Lisa Desjardins contributed to this report.

Filed under: Bob Menendez • John McCain • New Jersey
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Congratulations Sen. Menendez.

    December 10, 2013 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Congratulations and the best of luck, Senator, to both you and your fiancee.

    December 10, 2013 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  3. Fair is Fair

    Guess he must have tired of underaged Dominican prostitutes.

    December 10, 2013 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  4. Randy

    I knew it wasn't Sen. Graham (R-Gay).

    December 10, 2013 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  5. Andy

    I guess he's done having sexual relations with under age Colombian girls

    December 10, 2013 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  6. mike

    I would have been more impressed if it was a member of congress actually doing something that they are paid to do, but based on what we have that's next to impossible.

    December 10, 2013 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  7. One way ticket...

    Two Democrats – wonder what the offspring will look like...

    December 10, 2013 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  8. FedUpCitizen

    All politics aside, Congrats to the happy couple.

    December 10, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  9. current state of the union

    Fair, he never said that, he is a politician, above reproach and all.

    December 10, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  10. Peppy

    She must of lost a bet !!!

    December 10, 2013 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    Why is this a news story? Let me know when they do some work or something, that would be 'news'.

    December 10, 2013 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  12. Peg

    Nice to hear the happy news.

    December 10, 2013 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  13. Mordecai

    And here I thought the question would be, "Would you be my president?"

    December 10, 2013 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  14. dnokc

    Must have gotten tired of Barney's left over Page Boys.

    December 10, 2013 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |