Charlotte Vandervalk

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Charlotte Vandervalk
New Jersey General Assembly District 39
Former member
In office
1991 - 2012
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 3, 2009
First elected1991
Term limitsN/A
Date of birth07/31/1937
Place of birthAllentown, PA
ReligionRoman Catholic
Charlotte Vandervalk (b. July 31, 1937) is a former Republican member of the New Jersey General Assembly, representing District 39 from 1991 to 2012. She has served as the Deputy Republican Leader from 2002 to 2003 and Assistant Majority Leader from 1992 to 1995.


Vandervalk's professional experience includes serving as the vice president of Friendship House, and has previously served on the board of the New Jersey Medicine Journal Review Board, United Way of Bergen County and Bergen County Juvenile Fire Prevention Program.[1]

Committee assignments

2010-2012 committees:



Vandervalk's answers to the New Jersey State Legislative Election 2007 National Political Awareness Test are available. She listed her top priorities as, "(1) MUST change aid formula to provide property tax relief. (2) Provide a safe environment in school for children with diabetes. (3) Promote saving umbilical cord blood for transplants and research."[2]

Assemblywoman Vandervalk discussing business flight in NJ

  • A250 Requires voter approval prior to the establishment of a charter school within certain school districts.
  • A266 Exempts municipal clerk from penalties for Open Public Records Act violations under certain circumstances.
  • A469 Establishes a public school choice pilot program for pupils residing in certain school districts.
  • ACR70 Proposes an amendment to the Constitution requiring certain State funding for public education to be distributed on a per pupil basis.[3]



See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2011

Vandervalk did not run for re-election in 2011. She and fellow incumbent Robert Schroeder ran unopposed in the Republican Primary on June 7, but she decided not to pursue re-elections. Vandervalk was replaced on the Republican ticket by Holly Schepisi (R).[4][5]


See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2009

Running for re-election in the November 3, 2009, general election, Vandervalk received 44,475 votes (33%), defeating Democratic challengers Michael J. McCarthy and John Shahdanian, II.[6] She was bracketed with Robert Schroeder.[7]

New Jersey Assembly General Election, Thirty-Ninth Legislative District (2009)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Charlotte Vandervalk (R) 44,612
Green check mark transparent.png Robert Schroeder (R) 42,477
Michael J. McCarthy (D) 24,577
John L. Shahdanian, II (D) 23,356

Campaign donors


Below are Vandervalk's top five campaign contributors in the 2009 election:[8]

Contributor 2009 total
Republican National Committee $7,160
New Jersey Education Association $3,800
New Jersey Association Of Realtors $3,200
Lerch Vinci & Higgins $2,600
Harkins, Donald $2,400


Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Charlotte Vandervalk endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [9]

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