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WOMEN IN NEW JERSEY GOVERNMENT

 2019 Center for American Women and Politics, Eagleton Institute of Politics, 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 Republican New Jersey congresswomen were: Bonnie Watson Coleman 2014-current, Mikie Sherrill (D) 2018-current, Florence Price Dwyer (R), 1957-1973, Millicent Fenwick (R), 1975-1983, Marge Roukema (R), 1981-2003.  

 

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 2019, 37 women serve in New Jersey’s state legislature, holding 30.8% of the 120 available seats. LEGISLATURE Nationally women hold 28.7% of all state legislative seats; New Jersey ranks 19th among the 50 states in the proportion of women serving in its legislature. Women of color make up 51.4% of all women in the New Jersey legislature: 60% of women in the Senate and 48.1% of women in the Assembly

 

Senate

 

In 2019, of the 40 (26D, 14R) seats in the New Jersey State Senate, 10 are held by women (25.0%). Nine are Democrats, and one is a Republican.

 

Assembly

 

In 2019, of the 80 (54D, 26R) members of the State Assembly, 27, or 33.8%, are women. Twenty-one are Democrats, and six are Republicans.

 

COUNTY EXECUTIVE

 

In 2019, among the five counties in NJ that elect executives, no woman holds that title.     

Republican Senators and Assemblywomen

Senator Dawn Addiego

Legislative District 8

Deputy Republican Whip 

DISTRICT OFFICE ADDRESS:     

176 Route 70- Suite 13 
Medford, NJ 08055

 (609) 654-1498

                                                                        

EDUCATION: 

B.S.A. Villanova University (Accounting)

J.D. Widener University School of Law                                   

 

OCCUPATION:                     

Attorney                                    

 

PUBLIC/PARTY SERVICE: 

Burlington County Board of Freeholders 2000-08; Tri-County Water Quality Management Board of Advisors 1994-2000; Evesham Township Council 1993-2000, Planning Board 1993-94       

 

LEGISLATIVE SERVICE:    Senate 2010-present; General Assembly 2008-10, Assistant Republican Leader 2010, Assistant Republican Whip 2008-09

                                                   

COMMITTEES:        

Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens
Labor 

Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz

Legislative District 21

Deputy Republican Whip


 

 

 

 

DISTRICT OFFICE ADDRESSES:         

57 Union Place - Suite 310 
Summit, NJ 07901

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

251 North Ave. West - 2nd Floor 
Westfield, NJ 07090

 

PHONE NUMBER: (908) 918-0414 (Summit)

             

EDUCATION:

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

             

OCCUPATION:

Legislator         

 

LEGISLATIVE SERVICE:          

General Assembly 2009-present, Deputy Republican Whip 2013-present, Policy Co-Chair 2012-13            

 

COMMITTEES:

Commerce and Economic Development
Health and Senior Services
Women and Children
Legislative Services Commission
             

Assemblywoman
Amy Handlin

Legislative District 13

Deputy Republican Leader

 


 

 

 

 

DISTRICT OFFICE ADDRESS:     

280 Route 35
Suite 130 
Red Bank, NJ 07701

 (732) 383-7820

                                                                                   

EDUCATION:

B.A. Harvard University (History)
M.B.A. Columbia University (Marketing)
Ph.D. New York University (Marketing)

                                                                                    

OCCUPATION:

Associate Professor of Marketing, Monmouth University   

 

PUBLIC/PARTY SERVICE:

Monmouth County Board of Freeholders 1990-2005; Middletown Township Committee 1987-90             

LEGISLATIVE SERVICE:                                    

General Assembly 2006-present, Deputy Republican Leader 2008-present, Deputy Leader 2007   

 

COMMITTEES:

Health and Senior Services
Regulated Professions

                                                                                    

             

 

 

Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce

Legislative District 26

Assistant 

 

DISTRICT OFFICE ADDRESS:     

90 East Halsey Road
Suite 380 
Parsippany, NJ 07054

 (973) 265-0057

                       

EDUCATION:

Berkeley College (Business)
Rutgers University (Government)     

OCCUPATION:

Realtor, ERA Gallo & DeCroce Inc    

PUBLIC/PARTY SERVICE:

N.J. Department of Community Affairs Deputy Commissioner 2010-12; Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills Board of Adjustment 2000-10; North Jersey Health Insurance Fund Commissioner 1999-2010; Morris County Joint Insurance Fund 1999-2010, Chair 2008-10; Township of Roxbury, Municipal Clerk 1988-2010, Deputy Manager 1991-2002, Planning Board 1984-87; Morris County Sheriff's Office, Administration 1984-86; Township of Mine Hill Council 1981-83   

 

LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: 

General Assembly 2012-present      

    

COMMITTEES:

Commerce and Economic Development
Health and Senior Services
Transportation and Independent Authorities
Joint Committee on the Public Schools
Intergovernmental Relations Commission
             


 

 

 

 

DISTRICT OFFICE ADDRESS:     

287 Kinderkamack Rd. 
Westwood, NJ 07675

 (201) 666-0881

             

EDUCATION:

B.A. The Catholic University of America (Politics/Psychology)
J.D. Fordham University School of Law

             

OCCUPATION:

Attorney/Entrepreneur, Schepisi & Associates, L.L.C.

             

PUBLIC/PARTY SERVICE:

Borough of Oakland, Public Defender 2012-present; Township of River Vale, Attorney 2007-present; Borough of Old Tappan, Alternate Prosecutor 2010-11; Borough of Westwood, Alternate Prosecutor 2002-11; Intern for Congresswoman Marge Roukema 1990-92     

 

LEGISLATIVE SERVICE:          

General Assembly 2012-present        

 

COMMITTEES:

Appropriations
Health and Senior Services
Joint Committee on Economic Justice and Equal Employment Opp

Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi

Legislative District 39

 

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
Joint Committee on the Public Schools