Donald Norcross

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Donald Norcross
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U.S. House, New Jersey, District 1
Incumbent
In office
November 12, 2014-present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 0
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorRob Andrews (D)
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
New Jersey State Senate District 5
2010-2014
New Jersey State Assembly
2010
Education
Associate'sCamden County College
Personal
BirthdayDecember, 1958
Place of birthCamden, NJ
ProfessionAssistant Business Manager
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Donald Norcross (b. 1958) is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives representing New Jersey's 1st Congressional District.

Norcross was first elected to the U.S. House on November 4, 2014. He is currently serving his first term.

Norcross was elected in a special election to fill the seat of former Rep. Rob Andrews (D), who resigned in February 2014 to begin working at the Dilworth Paxson law firm.[1][2][3][4]

Concurrent with the special election, Norcross also won election to the 114th U.S. Congress.[5] He won the Democratic nomination in the primary on June 3, 2014, and went on to defeat Garry Cobb (R) and five other candidates in the general election on November 4, 2014.[6]

Norcross was previously a Democratic member of the New Jersey Senate, representing District 5. He was first appointed to the chamber on January 19, 2010, after only representing District 5 of the General Assembly for one week before being chosen to fill the Senate seat vacated by Dana Redd.[7] Norcross was an Assistant Majority Leader. He also served as the chair of the Law and Public Safety Committee. Norcross resigned on November 12, 2014, the same day that he was sworn in to the U.S. House.[4]

Biography

Norcross attended Camden County College. His professional experience includes working as an electrical apprentice and as the assistant business manager of Local 251 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.[8]

Committee assignments

2014-2015

At the beginning of the 2014 legislative session, Norcross served on the following committees:

New Jersey Committee Assignments, 2014
Law and Public Safety, Chair
Military and Veterans' Affairs
Transportation

2012-2013

In the 2012-2013 legislative session, Norcross served on the following committees:

2010-2011

In the 2010-2011 legislative session, Norcross served on the following committees:

Issues

Campaign themes

2013

On their shared campaign website, Norcross, Gilbert Wilson and Angel Fuentes listed five major themes of their campaign:[9]

  • Relieving the tax burden on property owners.
  • Cutting wasteful government spending.
  • Consolidating government functions through shared services among municipalities, counties and schools boards.
  • Adopting reforms that reduce the costs to taxpayers for public employee benefits, including pensions and health care.
  • Providing quality public schools, in part by forcing tax money to go toward classrooms and school facilities – not toward excessive salaries and perks for administrators.

2011

In an interview with the Gloucester County Times, Norcross listed his top priorities:

  • "Creating jobs, improving affordability and education will remain my priorities in the next term. The most important issue right now is the slumping economy. That’s why I’ve advocated for numerous measures to make it easier for companies to do business here, so they can grow and create new jobs. In the Senate we’ve passed legislation to provide tax credits for businesses to expand and to create job training programs in high-paying industries like renewable energy. In this economy we must also protect residents from further increases in expenses, especially seniors on a fixed income. That’s why I supported public employee pension and benefit reforms to reduce local expenses, and why I fought to properly fund the senior property tax freeze program. We were also successful in boosting aid for schools this year. Though still not enough, the aid will help provide students the resources they need for a quality education."[10]

     (For responses from all the candidates, see the full story here.)

Elections

2014

See also: New Jersey's 1st Congressional District elections, 2014

In 2014, Norcross won election to the U.S. House to represent New Jersey's 1st District. Norcross won the Democratic nomination in the primary on June 3, 2014. He defeated six candidates in the general election: Garry Cobb (R), Scot John Tomaszewski (We Deserve Better), Mike Berman (Of the People), Margaret Chapman (Change Is Needed), Donald Letton (Democratic-Republican) and Robert Shapiro (Stop Boss Politics).[6] The general election took place November 4, 2014.

U.S. House, New Jersey District 1 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDonald Norcross 57.4% 93,315
     Republican Garry Cobb 39.4% 64,073
     We Deserve Better Scot John Tomaszewski 1.1% 1,784
     Of the People Mike Berman 0.4% 634
     Change Is Needed Margaret Chapman 0.7% 1,103
     Democratic-Republican Donald Letton 0.3% 449
     Stop Boss Politics Robert Shapiro 0.7% 1,134
Total Votes 162,492
Source: New Jersey Division of Elections
U.S. House, New Jersey District 1 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDonald Norcross 72.1% 18,504
Frank Broomell, Jr. 15.1% 3,871
Frank Minor 12.9% 3,303
Total Votes 25,678
Source: New Jersey Division of Elections - Official Election Results

Special election

Norcross also ran in New Jersey's 1st Congressional District special election, which filled the vacancy left by former Rep. Rob Andrews (D). Andrews resigned in February 2014 to begin working at the Dilworth Paxson law firm.[4] Norcross won the special election and took office on November 12, 2014.

U.S. House, New Jersey District 1 Special Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDonald Norcross 57.3% 85,923
     Republican Garry Cobb 39.8% 59,710
     We Deserve Better Scot John Tomaszewski 1.5% 2,201
     Democratic-Republican Donald Letton 0.4% 613
     Stop Boss Politics Robert Shapiro 1% 1,491
Total Votes 149,938
Source: New Jersey Division of Elections Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

2013

See also: New Jersey State Senate elections, 2013

Norcross won re-election in the 2013 election for New Jersey State Senate District 5. Norcross was unopposed in the June 4 Democratic primary and defeated Keith Walker (R) in the general election on November 5, 2013.[11][12][13][14]

New Jersey State Senate, District 5 General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDonald Norcross Incumbent 57.9% 25,383
     Republican Keith Walker 42.1% 18,448
Total Votes 43,831

2011

See also: New Jersey State Senate elections, 2011

Norcross won re-election to the District 5 Senate seat in the 2011 election. He was unopposed in the June 7 Democratic primary election. Norcross defeated Keith Walker (R) in the general election which took place on November 8, 2011.[15]

New Jersey State Senate District 5 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDonald Norcross Incumbent 56.8% 17,712
     Republican Keith Walker 43.2% 13,444
Total Votes 31,156

2009

See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2009

In the November 2009 General Election, Norcross was bracketed with Angel Fuentes to represent District 5 in the New Jersey General Assembly. He received 23,201 votes (30%), defeating Brian Kluchnick and Stephanie Velez-Gentry.[16] [17]

New Jersey Assembly General Election, Fifth Legislative District (2009)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Donald W. Norcross (D) 25,384
Green check mark transparent.png Angel Fuentes (D) 25,188
Brian Kluchnick (R) 15,812
Stepfanie Velez-Gentry (R) 15,748

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Norcross is available dating back to 2009. Based on available campaign finance records, Norcross raised a total of $1,405,093 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 12, 2013.[18]

Donald Norcross's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2011 New Jersey State Senate, District 5 Won $1,021,818
2009 New Jersey General Assembly, District 5 Won $383,275
Grand Total Raised $1,405,093

2014

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Norcross' reports.[19]

Donald Norcross (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[20]April 15, 2014$0.00$378,539.81$(25,254.11)$353,285.70
Pre-Primary[21]May 22, 2014$353,285.70$175,658.52$(98,819.40)$430,124.82
July Quarterly[22]July 15, 2014$430,124.82$368,226.34$(191,136.55)$607,214.61
October Quarterly[23]October 15, 2014$607,214.61$665,528.88$(1,142,746.85)$129,996.64
Pre-General[24]October 23, 2014$129,996.64$235,445.00$(163,964.90)$201,476.74
Running totals
$1,823,398.55$(1,621,921.81)

2011

Norcross won election to the New Jersey State Senate in 2011. During that election cycle, Norcross raised a total of $1,021,818.

2009

Norcross won election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2009. During that election cycle, Norcross raised a total of $383,275.

Scorecards

See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in New Jersey

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Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

An overview for scorecards in all 50 states can be found on this page. To contribute to the list of New Jersey scorecards, email suggestions to scorecards@ballotpedia.org.

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2014-2015

In 2014, the 216th New Jersey State Legislature will be in session from January 14 through January 1, 2016.

2012-2013

In 2012, the 215th New Jersey State Legislature, first annual session, was in session from January 10 to January 9, 2013. In 2013, the 215th New Jersey State Legislature, second annual session, was in session from January 10 to January 13, 2014.

  • Legislators are scored on environment and conservation issues.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key fiscal legislation affecting the state's economy.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes concerning the protection of the environment.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key conservative issues.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key conservative issues.

Endorsements

2013

In 2013, Norcross’s endorsements also include the following:[25][26]

  • The New Jersey AFL-CIO
  • The New Jersey Building and Construction Trades Council

Labor unions

On June 7, the New Jersey Building and Construction Trades Council announced its endorsement of 26 Democrats and seven Republican candidates running in the 2013 general election. The trades council's endorsement placed special emphasis on the re-election of the "Building Trades Seven." The group -- composed of legislators who are also members of New Jersey union building trades -- includes senators Donald Norcross, Stephen Sweeney, John Amodeo, Troy Singleton, Wayne DeAngelo, Joseph Egan and Thomas Giblin.[26]

In addition to its endorsement of the 33 Senate candidates, the trades council also endorsed 67 Assembly candidates -- 55 Democrats and 12 Republicans.[26]

2011

On August 4, 2011, the New Jersey AFL-CIO denied 22 Democrats, among them most notably senators Stephen Sweeney and Donald Norcross, of their much needed endorsement for this year's election. Earlier this year, Democrats including Sweeney and Norcross defected and voted in favor of stripping public employees of their bargaining power concerning health benefits and pensions, a misstep in light of the labor union endorsements.[27]

Although their endorsements were voted down, Sweeney and Norcross just barely missed the mark. A two-thirds vote of the endorsement convention is needed to bestow an official endorsement. Sweeney and Norcross fell short with 61% and 59%, respectively.[27]

Four Assembly Democrats (also union officials) who voted against the revocation of bargaining rights received enthusiastic endorsements--Thomas Giblin, Wayne DeAngelo, Joseph Egan and Nelson Albano all received endorsements on August 4. No Republicans were endorsed by the AFL-CIO.[27]

Personal

Norcross and his wife have three children and two grandchildren. They currently reside in Camden, New Jersey.

Norcross is also a member of the Camden County United Way, and president of the Southern New Jersey AFL-CIO since 1995.[8]

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References

  1. Washington Post, "Norcross announces for Rep. Rob Andrews’s seat, quickly gains support," accessed February 4, 2014
  2. Politicker NJ, "Norcross formally kicks off congressional campaign," accessed February 18, 2014
  3. Roll Call, "Top Democrat Enters Special Election for Andrews Seat in New Jersey," accessed February 18, 2014
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Philly, "Norcross to be sworn in to House seat on Wednesday," accessed November 12, 2014
  5. New Jersey Department of State, "Candidates for House of Representatives," accessed March 31, 2014
  6. 6.0 6.1 Politico, "2014 New Jersey House Election Results," accessed November 6, 2014
  7. The Star-Ledger, "Newly sworn Assemblyman Donald Norcross to become state senator," January 16, 2010
  8. 8.0 8.1 Project Vote Smart, "Biography," accessed April 10, 2014
  9. Official Fuentes/Wilson campaign website, "Campaign themes," accessed April 10, 2014
  10. NJ.com, "NJ's Fifth Legislative District candidates for Senate and Assembly pinpoint pressing state matters," October 11, 2011
  11. New Jersey Department of State, "Official Primary Election Results," accessed July 26, 2013
  12. New Jersey Department of State, "Official general election candidates," September 9, 2013
  13. Associated Press, "New Jersey - Summary Vote Results," November 6, 2013
  14. New Jersey Department of State, "2013 Official General Election results," accessed December 5, 2013
  15. New Jersey Department of State, "List of Candidates for the June 2011 State Senate Primary Election," accessed April 10, 2014
  16. Associated Press, "General Election Results, November 4, 2009," accessed April 10, 2014
  17. New Jersey Department of State, "Official 2009 New Jersey Assembly General Election Results, accessed April 10, 2014
  18. followthemoney.org, "Norcross, Donald" accessed August 12, 2013
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Donald Norcross Summary Report," accessed April 24, 2014
  20. Federal Election Commission, "Donald Norcross April Quarterly," accessed April 24, 2014
  21. Federal Election Commission, "Donald Norcross Pre-Primary," accessed November 4, 2014
  22. Federal Election Commission, "Donald Norcross July Quarterly," accessed November 4, 2014
  23. Federal Election Commission, "Donald Norcross October Quarterly," accessed November 4, 2014
  24. Federal Election Commission, "Donald Norcross Pre-General," accessed November 4, 2014
  25. PolitickerNJ.com, "AFL-CIO endorses candidates for elections," accessed September 3, 2013
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 Politicker NJ, "Trades Council releases endorsements," June 7, 2013
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 NJ Spotlight, "Sweeney Denied State AFL-CIO Endorsement," August 5, 2011


Political offices
Preceded by
Dana Redd
New Jersey Senate District 5
Jan. 19, 2010-November 12, 2014
Succeeded by
Nilsa Cruz-Perez (D)
Preceded by
Nilsa Cruz-Perez
New Jersey Assembly District 5
Jan. 12, 2010-Jan. 19, 2010
Succeeded by
Gilbert Wilson