The Honorable Robert F. Wagner Class of 1900
United States Senator from New York
Author of the National Labor Relations Act
and the Social Security Act.
New York Law School sponsors the Robert F. Wagner National Labor and Employment Law Competition in honor of our distinguished alumnus, United States Senator Robert F. Wagner. During his four consecutive terms in the Senate, Wagner authored sweeping legislation that dramatically changed the American social and economic landscape.
In 1926, Wagner was elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate, representing the State of New York. He was re-elected in 1932, 1938 and 1944 and served until his resignation on June 28, 1949, due to ill health.
During his tenure as a United States Senator, Wagner served as chairman of several important committees: Committee on Patents (Seventy-third Congress), Committee on Public Lands and Surveys (Seventy-third and Seventy-fourth Congresses), and the Committee on Banking and Currency (Seventy-fifth through Seventy-ninth Congresses).
Contemporaries attributed Wagner's successes to his progressive philosophy, his ability to maneuver bills through the legislative process, and his determination to stick to his convictions on the issues. His two greatest legislative achievements occurred in 1935 with the passage of the Social Security Act to provide old-age pensions to Americans, and the National Labor Relations Act to guarantee labor's right to organize and bargain collectively.
Photo copyright gettyimages.com, used by permission.