WOMEN IN NEW JERSEY GOVERNMENT

 2022 Center for American Women and Politics, C.A.W.P., Rutgers University

 

CONGRESS

New Jersey has sent a total of seven women (4D, 3R) to the U.S. House of Representatives and no women to the U.S. Senate. The New Jersey congresswomen: Bonnie Watson Coleman (D) 2014-current, Mikie Sherrill (D) 2018-current, Florence Price Dwyer (R), 1957-1973, Millicent Fenwick (R), 1975-1983, Marge Roukema (R), 1981-2003.  Two women currently serving represent 14.3% of 14 seats.

STATEWIDE

In 2018, Sheila Oliver (D) took office as New Jersey's second lieutenant governor. She is the first woman of color and the first Black woman elected to statewide office in NJ. In New Jersey, the governor and lieutenant governor, elected together, are the only statewide elected officials. Christine Todd Whitman, New Jersey’s first (and to date, only) woman governor, served from 1994-2001.  In 2010, Kim Guadagno (R) took office as New Jersey's first lieutenant governor, a newly-created position. She was re-elected in 2013.  


STATE LEGISLATURE

In 2022, 41 women (27D 14R) serve in New Jersey’s state legislature, holding 34.2% of the 120 available seats.

 

LEGISLATURE

Nationally women hold 28.7% of all state legislative seats; New Jersey ranks 17th among the 50 states in the proportion of women serving in its legislature. Women of color make up 53.7% of all women in the New Jersey legislature: 60% of women in the Senate and 51.6% of women in the Assembly

NJ SENATE

In 2022, of the 40 (24D, 16R) seats in the New Jersey State Senate, 10 are held by women (25.0%). Seven are Democrats and Three are Republican.

NJ ASSEMBLY

In 2022, of the 80 (46D, 34R) members of the State Assembly, 27, or 33.8%, are women. Twenty are Democrats, and Eleven are Republicans.

COUNTY EXECUTIVE

In 2022, among the five counties in NJ that elect executives, no woman holds that title.     

Republican Senators and Assemblywomen 2022-2023 Session

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Senator Jean Stanfield

Legislative District 8

DISTRICT OFFICE ADDRESS:     

668 Main Street

Lumberton, NJ 08048

 (609) 667-7360

                                                                        

EDUCATION: 

B.A. The College of New Jersey (English)

J.D. Rutgers School of Law-Camden

 

OCCUPATION:    Legislator                                   

 

PUBLIC/PARTY SERVICE: 

Burlington County Sheriff 2002-2019, Undersheriff 1996-2002, Assistant Prosecutor 1993-96. N.J. Office of the Attorney General Grant Specialist 1988-89, N.J. Division on Civil Rights Community Outreach Developer 1985-88

 

LEGISLATIVE SERVICE:    Senate 2022-present General Assembly 2020-2021

                                                   

COMMITTEES:        

Environment & Energy; Law and Public Safety

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Senator Holly T. Schepesi

Legislative District 39

Deputy Conference Leader

DISTRICT OFFICE ADDRESSES:         

287 Kinderkamack Rd.
Westwood, NJ 07675

(201) 666-0881

Fax: (201) 666-5255

             

EDUCATION:

B.A. The Catholic University of America (Politics/Psychology)

J.D. Fordham University School of Law

             

OCCUPATION: Attorney

PUBLIC/PARTY SERVICE

Borough of Oakland Public Defender 2012-14;  Township of River Vale Attorney 2007-11; Borough of Old Tappan Alternate Prosecutor 2010-11; and, Borough of Westwood Alternate Prosecutor 2002-11

LEGISLATIVE SERVICE:  Senate 2021-present, Deputy Conference Leader 2022-present; General Assembly 2012-2021, Deputy Republican Leader 2020-2021; and, Assistant Republican Leader 2018-2019

COMMITTEES: Community and Urban Affairs , Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens

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Senator Kristin M. Corrado

Legislative District 40

Conference Leader

DISTRICT OFFICE ADDRESSES:         

999 Riverview Dr., Suite 350
Totowa, NJ 07512

(973) 237-1360

             

EDUCATION:

B.A. East Stroudsburg (Political Science)

J.D. Seton Hall University

             

OCCUPATION:

Attorney

PUBLIC/PARTY SERVICE

Passaic County Clerk 2010-17

LEGISLATIVE SERVICE:          

Senate 2017-present, Conference Leader 2020-present, Deputy Republican Whip 2018-2019            

COMMITTEES:
 Economic Growth, Judiciary, Transportation

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Assemblywoman Claire Swift
Legislative District 2
Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove

Legislative District 9

Policy Co-chair

 

DISTRICT OFFICE ADDRESS:  

620 West Lacey Rd. 
Forked River, NJ 08731

 (609) 693-6700

                        

EDUCATION:

B.A. Cabrini College (Social Ssience)
M.A. Monmouth University (Social Science)

             

OCCUPATION:

Legislator         

 

PUBLIC/PARTY SERVICE:

Long Beach Township, Commissioner 2008-09, 2003-04, 1984-88, Mayor 2004-08; Ocean County Advisory Commission on the Status of Women, 1986-98        

 

LEGISLATIVE SERVICE:     General Assembly 2009-present

             

COMMITTEES: Higher Education; Military and Veterans' Affairs; and,
Joint Committee on the Public Schools

             

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Assemblywoman 
Bethanne McCarthy Patrick

Legislative District 3

DISTRICT OFFICE ADDRESSES:         

2021 New Rd., Suite 24
Linwood, NJ 08221

(609) 677-8266

3123 Atlantic Ave., Suite 100
Atlantic City, NJ 08401

(609) 677-8266

EDUCATION:

B.A. University of Pennsylvania (International Relations/History)

J.D. Widener School of Law

OCCUPATION:   Attorney

LEGISLATIVE SERVICE:      General Assembly 2022-present          

COMMITTEES: Human Services; Labor; and, Law and Public Safety

DISTRICT OFFICE ADDRESSES:         

935 Kings Highway, Suite 400
West Deptford, NJ 08086

(856) 443-7391

             

EDUCATION: EMT Certificate, Salem County EMS Academy; Firefighter I Certificate, Delaware Fire School

OCCUPATION: EMT, Inspira Health

PUBLIC/PARTY SERVICE: 

Mannington Township School District Board of Education 2019-21

•Salem County Chamber of Commerce Board Member 2017-18

LEGISLATIVE SERVICE:    General Assembly 2022-present      

         

COMMITTEES: Environment and Solid Waste; Health; and, Housing

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Assemblywoman Beth Sawyer
Legislative District 3

DISTRICT OFFICE ADDRESSES:         

935 Kings Highway, Suite 400
West Deptford, NJ 08086

(856) 443-7391

             

EDUCATION: Penn State University (Political Science)

     

OCCUPATION: Real Estate Broker/Owner

PUBLIC/PARTY SERVICE: Woolwich Township Joint Land Use Board

LEGISLATIVE SERVICE:       General Assembly 2022-present   

           

COMMITTEES: Aging and Senior Services, Telecommunications and Utilities 

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Assemblywoman Kim Ulmer
Legislative District 11

DISTRICT OFFICE ADDRESSES:         

106 Apple St., Suite 106
Tinton Falls, NJ 07724

(732) 268-8968

             

EDUCATION: B.A. Washington College (Sociology)

OCCUPATION: Data Provider

PUBLIC/PARTY SERVICE: Borough of Shrewsbury Council 2018-22

LEGISLATIVE SERVICE:  General Assembly 2022-present                   

COMMITTEES: Financial Institutions and Insurance; Human Services; and, Oversight, Reform and Federal Relations 

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Assemblywoman
Marilyn Piperno

Legislative District 11

 

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Assemblywoman
Victoria A. Flynn

Legislative District 13

 

DISTRICT OFFICE ADDRESS:     

106 Apple St., Suite 106
Tinton Falls, NJ 07724

(732) 268-8968

                                                                                   

EDUCATION:. B.A. Pace University (Literature/Communications)

OCCUPATION: Fitness/Wellness Instructor, The Atlantic Club

 

PUBLIC/PARTY SERVICE: General Assembly 2022-present

COMMITTEES: Commerce and Economic Development; Human Services;

Special Committee on Infrastructure and Natural Resources

             





 

 

DISTRICT OFFICE ADDRESS:     

1715 Highway 35 North, Suite 307
Middletown, NJ 07748

(732) 856-9833

Fax: (732) 856-9691

                                                                                   

EDUCATION:

B.A. Rutgers University (Political Science)

J.D. Seton Hall University School of Law

                                                                                    

OCCUPATION:

Lawyer   

 

PUBLIC/PARTY SERVICE:

Holmdel Township School District Board of Education 2016-21, President 2018-21

•Nutley Board of Education 2011-13, Vice President 2012-13

 

COMMITTEES:

Financial Institutions and Insurance;  Housing; Judiciary; and,

Joint Committee on the Public Schools 

             

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Assemblywoman 
Michele Matsikoudis

Legislative District 21

 

DISTRICT OFFICE ADDRESS:     

425 North Ave. East, Suite C
Westfield, NJ 07090

(908) 232-3673

                                                                                   

EDUCATION:

B.A.Rosemont College (Political Science/Business)

                                                                                    

OCCUPATION:  Director of Business Development, Keller Williams

 

PUBLIC/PARTY SERVICE:  Borough of New Providence Council 2019-21

COMMITTEES: Community Development and Affairs; Education;

Aging and Senior Services; and, Joint Committee on the Public Schools

Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz

Legislative District 21

Deputy Minority Leader

 

DISTRICT OFFICE ADDRESSES:         

57 Union Place - Suite 310 
Summit, NJ 07901

PHONE NUMBER: (908) 918-0414

             

EDUCATION:

B.S. Skidmore College (Nursing)
M.S. Hunter College (Clinical Nurse Specialist)

             

OCCUPATION:

Legislator         

 

LEGISLATIVE SERVICE:          

General Assembly 2009-present, Deputy Minority Leader 2022-present, Conference Leader 2019-2021, Republican Whip 2017-2019, Deputy Conference Leader 2016-2017, Deputy Republican Leader 2014-15, Deputy Republican Whip 2013, Policy Co-Chair 2012-13            

 

COMMITTEES:

Budget and Health
          

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Assemblywoman 
Aura K. Dunn

Legislative District 39

Assistant Minority Whip

 

DISTRICT OFFICE ADDRESS:  

191 Main Street, Suite D
Chester, NJ 07930

(908) 955-7228

Fax: (908) 955-7044

                        

EDUCATION:

B.A. State University of New York at Buffalo (Sociology)

M.P.A. The George Washington University

             

OCCUPATION:

Legislator         

 

PUBLIC/PARTY SERVICE:

U.S. House of Representatives, District Director 2016-2019

•U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, Budget Analyst 1999-2001

•U.S. House of Representatives, Professional Staff 1995-1997

 

LEGISLATIVE SERVICE:          

General Assembly 2020-present, 2019

             

COMMITTEES: Budget; Commerce and Economic Development; and,

Women and Children 

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Assemblywoman 
DeAnne C. DeFuccio

Legislative District 39

Assistant Minority Conference Leader

 

DISTRICT OFFICE ADDRESS:     

350 Madison Ave.
Cresskill, NJ 07626

(201) 567-2324

             

EDUCATION:

B.S. Union College

J.D. Suffolk University Law School

             

OCCUPATION:

Attorney

             

PUBLIC/PARTY SERVICE:

Borough of Upper Saddle River Council 2020-21, Planning Board 2019-21

Borough of Fort Lee Alternate Public Defender 2001-2007

LEGISLATIVE SERVICE:          

General Assembly 2021-present, Assistant Minority Conference Leader 2022-present      

 

COMMITTEES: Health; Science, Innovation and Technology; and,

Women and Children