|New Jersey General Assembly District 28|
|2008 - Present|
|January 12, 2016|
|Years in position||6|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|Next general||November 3, 2015|
|Bachelor's||Tennessee State University, Miles College|
|Profession||Executive Director, The Centre Inc.|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Issues
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Endorsements
- 7 Personal
- 8 Additional reading
- 9 Recent news
- 10 External links
- 11 References
Tucker earned her B.A. in Sociology from Miles College at Tennessee State University. Her professional experience includes working as executive director for the nonprofit, The Centre Incorporated.
At the beginning of the 2014 legislative session, Tucker served on the following committees:
|New Jersey Committee Assignments, 2014|
|• Military and Veterans' Affairs, Chair|
|• Human Services, Vice-Chair|
|• Regulatory Oversight|
In the 2010-2012 legislative session, Tucker served on the following committees:
|New Jersey Committee Assignments, 2010|
|• Military and Veterans' Affairs, Vice-Chair|
|• Health and Senior Services|
|• Human Services|
- A2605 Permits certain special law enforcement officers to carry firearms at all times when in State.
- A2693 Clarifies that certain sports and entertainment projects are an essential public and governmental use and purpose and exempt from property taxation.
- A3452 Establishes Criminal Sentencing Commission to study and review the criminal law and recommend revisions; repeals existing commissions.
- A4082 Requires public bodies to provide funds for outreach and training programs for minority group members and women in connection with certain construction contracts.
Double dipping is a term used to describe the practice of allowing government employees to “retire,” start collecting a pension and then return to work for the state while continuing to receive pension benefits. It is currently permitted in New Jersey. Banning or limiting double dipping is among the proposals in New Jersey to reduce the state pension obligation. Two companion bills, S601 and A860, were introduced in the 2012-2013 legislative session. As of March 2014 neither has reached the floor for a vote. In July 2013 New Jersey Watchdog published an article focusing on double dipping by New Jersey state legislators. The report identified 18 state lawmakers who receive retirement checks totaling $782,000 a year in addition to their legislative salaries. The roster includes leaders of each party in both the Senate and Assembly.
Tucker was included on the list of legislators currently receiving pension benefits and a legislative salary. According to the 2013 report, Tucker receives a $33,996 pension per year. The employer at retirement was Newark Housing Authority.
Tucker won re-election in the 2013 election for New Jersey General Assembly District 28. Tucker was bracketed with Ralph Caputo. She was unopposed in the June 4 Democratic primary. She and incumbent Ralph Caputo (D) defeated James Boydston (R) and Peter S. Manning (R) in the general election, which took place on November 5, 2013.
Tucker won re-election in 2011. She and incumbent Ralph Caputo were bracketed together and defeated Michael Frazzano in the Democratic Primary on June 7. They then defeated Carol Humphreys and David Pinckney in the November 8 general election.
Running for re-election in the November 3, 2009 general election, Tucker received 25,516 votes (40%), defeating Republican challengers Herbert Glenn and Andrew Bloschak. She was bracketed with Ralph Caputo.
|New Jersey Assembly General Election, Twenty-Eighth Legislative District (2009)|
|Cleopatra G. Tucker (D)||25,975|
|Ralph R. Caputo (D)||25,172|
|Herbert Glenn (R)||6,477|
|Andrew Bloschak (R)||6,053|
Comprehensive donor information for Tucker is available dating back to 2007. Based on available campaign finance records, Tucker raised a total of $163,043 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 27, 2013.
|Cleopatra Tucker's Campaign Contribution History|
|2011||New Jersey General Assembly, District 28||$43,421|
|2009||New Jersey General Assembly, District 28||$61,874|
|2007||New Jersey General Assembly, District 28||$57,748|
|Grand Total Raised||$163,043|
2011Tucker won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2011. During that election cycle, Tucker raised a total of $43,421.
|New Jersey General Assembly 2011 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Cleopatra Tucker's campaign in 2011|
|Tucker, Cleopatra G||$5,000|
|Total Raised in 2011||$43,421|
|Source:Follow the Money|
2009Tucker won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2009. During that election cycle, Tucker raised a total of $61,874.
|New Jersey General Assembly 2009 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Cleopatra Tucker's campaign in 2009|
|Tucker, Cleopatra G||$7,200|
|Gold Schnitler, Ginger||$3,400|
|Total Raised in 2009||$61,874|
|Source:Follow the Money|
2007Tucker won election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2007. During that election cycle, Tucker raised a total of $57,748.
|New Jersey General Assembly 2007 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Cleopatra Tucker's campaign in 2007|
|New Jersey Regional Council of Carpenters||$8,200|
|28th District Democrats||$6,400|
|Fund of Assembly Speaker Joe Roberts||$5,000|
|Coleman, Bonnie Watson||$1,500|
|New Jersey Association of Realtors||$1,000|
|Total Raised in 2007||$57,748|
|Source:Follow the Money|
- The New Jersey AFL-CIO
- Planned Parenthood Action Fund of New Jersey
In 2011, Tucker’s endorsements included the following:
Tucker and her late husband, Donald, have two children.
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- NJ Assembly - Hon. Cleopatra Tucker
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- NJ Assembly Dems - Cleopatra Tucker
- Campaign Contributions: 2011, 2009, 2007
- New Jersey Department of State, Official Primary Results
- New Jersey Department of State, Unofficial general election candidates
- Project Vote Smart - Assemblywoman Tucker
- New Jersey Legislature - Bills by Sponsor
- New Jersey Watchdog, 18 double-dipping NJ lawmakers block pension reform, July 2013
- New Jersey Department of Elections, "Official Primary Election Results," Accessed July 26, 2013
- New Jersey Department of State, "Official general election candidates," August 28, 2013
- Associated Press, "New Jersey - Summary Vote Results," November 6, 2013
- New Jersey Department of State, "2013 Official General Election results," accessed December 9, 2013
- New Jersey Department of State, 2011 Official General Assembly Primary Candidate List
- Star Ledger 2009 Election Results, November 4, 2009
- Official New Jersey Assembly General Election Results
- followthemoney.org, "Tucker, Cleopatra" Accessed August 27, 2013
- PolitickerNJ.com, "AFL-CIO endorses candidates for elections", Accessed September 4, 2013
- Planned Parenthood NJ "Planned Parenthood Action Fund of New Jersey Announces Endorsements in State Elections," accessed September 5, 2013
- Politicker NJ, 2011 AFL-CIO endorsed candidates, accessed Aug. 5, 2011
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