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Donna Simon

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Donna Simon
New Jersey General Assembly District 16
In office
2012 - Present
Term ends
January 12, 2016
Years in position 3
Base salary$49,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
AppointedFebruary 2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Township Committeewoman in Readington Township
Township Board of Health
Associate'sUnion County Technical Institute, School of Cardiac Technology
Date of birth4/25/1960
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Donna M. Simon (b. March 25, 1960) is a Republican member of the New Jersey General Assembly, representing District 16. She was first appointed to the chamber in February 2012 to replace the late Peter Biondi (R).[1]


Simon studied at Union County Technical Institute, School of Cardiac Technology. Her professional experience includes working as a Registered Cardiovascular Specialist in the medical, pharmaceutical and corporate industries.[2]

Committee assignments


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

New Jersey Committee Assignments, 2014
Telecommunications and Utilities


Campaign themes


Simon's campaign website lists three campaign themes:[2]

  • Fiscal Conservative
Excerpt: In Trenton, Simon’s committed to reducing the size and cost of government and growing our economy.
  • Independent Reformer
Excerpt: In Trenton, Simon’ll expose special interests and career politicians responsible for the state’s tax, spend and borrow culture.
  • Real World Experience
Excerpt: Simon has years of private sector experience in operations and financial management, served on boards for two non-profits supporting disadvantaged children and seniors and, prior to that, was proud to be a stay-at-home Mom for her two children.



See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2013

Simon won re-election in the 2013 election for New Jersey General Assembly District 16. Simon was bracketed with Jack Ciattarelli. She was unopposed in the June 4 Republican primary. She and incumbent Jack Ciattarelli (R) defeated Marie Corfield (D), Ida Ochoteco (D) and Patrick McKnight (L) in the general election, which took place on November 5, 2013.[3][4][5][6]

New Jersey General Assembly, District 16 General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJack Ciattarelli Incumbent 28.3% 32,125
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDonna Simon Incumbent 27.8% 31,543
     Democratic Marie Corfield 22.1% 25,112
     Democratic Ida Ochoteco 20.8% 23,682
     Libertarian Patrick McKnight 1.1% 1,202
Total Votes 113,664


See also: State legislative special elections, 2012

Simon faced a special election on November 6, 2012 as she attempted to hold on to her seat. She faced Marie Corfield (D).[7] While Simon initially declared victory on November 6, Corfield refused to concede as many ballots remained outstanding and unofficial results showed Simon leading Corfield by about 1,700 votes.[8] Finally, on December 2, Simon affirmed her victory in the race.[9][10]

New Jersey General Assembly, District 16, Special Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDonna Simon 50.5% 46,206
     Democratic Marie Corfield 49.5% 45,226
Total Votes 91,432

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Simon is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Simon raised a total of $217,027 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 16, 2013.[11]

Donna Simon's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 New Jersey General Assembly, District 16 Won $217,027
Grand Total Raised $217,027


Donna Simon won election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2012. During that election cycle, Donna Simon raised a total of $217,027.
New Jersey General Assembly 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Donna Simon's campaign in 2012
New Jersey Republican State Cmte$77,649
Assembly Republican Victory$41,684
New Jersey Bankers Association$7,000
Election Fund of Assemblyman Dave Rible$4,000
Amodeo for Assembly$3,000
Total Raised in 2012$217,027
Source:Follow the Money


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


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.

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Simon and her husband, Michael, have a son and a daughter.

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