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.
Congratulations Sen. Menendez.
Congratulations and the best of luck, Senator, to both you and your fiancee.
Guess he must have tired of underaged Dominican prostitutes.
I knew it wasn't Sen. Graham (R-Gay).
I guess he's done having sexual relations with under age Colombian girls
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.
Two Democrats – wonder what the offspring will look like...
All politics aside, Congrats to the happy couple.
Fair, he never said that, he is a politician, above reproach and all.
She must of lost a bet !!!
Why is this a news story? Let me know when they do some work or something, that would be 'news'.
Nice to hear the happy news.
Congrats to menendez!!!!
And here I thought the question would be, "Would you be my president?"
Must have gotten tired of Barney's left over Page Boys.