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James Beach

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James Beach
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New Jersey State Senate District 6
Incumbent
In office
2009-Present
Term ends
January 9, 2018
Years in position 5
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$49,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Next generalNovember 7, 2017
AppointedJanuary 3, 2009
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Camden County Clerk
1996-2008
Education
Bachelor'sMidwestern College
Master'sRowan University
Personal
BirthdayOctober 28, 1946
ProfessionProperty Damage Specialist
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
James Beach (b. October 28, 1946) is a Democratic member of the New Jersey Senate, representing District 6. He was first appointed to the chamber on January 3, 2009, and elected to the chamber in 2011. Bills that have been sponsored by Senator Beach include Senate Bill 238 and Senate Bill 612.[1] Beach currently serves as chair of the Military and Veteran's Affairs Committee.[2]

Biography

Beach earned his B.S. in Psychology from Midwestern College and his M.A. in Personnel Services from Rowan University. Beach also obtained a Doctoral Studies ABD in Educational Administration from Nova University.[2] His professional experience includes working as a property damage specialist at All Risk.[3]

Committee assignments

2014-2015

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

New Jersey Committee Assignments, 2014
Military and Veterans' Affairs, Chair
Commerce
Education

2012-2013

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

2010-2011

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

Issues

Pensions

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 April 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.[4]
Beach was included on the list of legislators currently receiving pension benefits and a legislative salary. According to the 2013 report, Beach receives a $33,564 pension per year. The employer at retirement was Black Horse Pike RSD.[4]

Elections

2013

See also: New Jersey State Senate elections, 2013

Beach won re-election in the 2013 election for New Jersey State Senate District 6. Beach was unopposed in the June 4 Democratic primary and defeated Sudhir Deshmukh (R) in the general election, which took place on November 5, 2013.[5][6][7][8]

New Jersey State Senate, District 6 General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJames Beach Incumbent 63.4% 34,847
     Republican Sudhir Deshmukh 36.6% 20,080
Total Votes 54,927

2011

See also: New Jersey State Senate elections, 2011

Beach won re-election to the District 6 Senate seat in the 2011 election. He was unopposed for the June 7 Democratic primary. Beach defeated Phil Mitsch (R) in the general election which took place on November 8, 2011.[9]

New Jersey State Senate District 6 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJames Beach Incumbent 62.1% 25,297
     Republican Phil Mitsch 37.9% 15,415
Total Votes 40,712

2009

Beach was not elected to the New Jersey State Senate District 6 in 2007. He instead was elected in a special election in 2009.

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Beach is available dating back to 2011. Based on available campaign finance records, Beach raised a total of $313,910 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 12, 2013.[10]

James Beach's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2011 New Jersey State Senate, District 6 Won $313,910
Grand Total Raised $313,910

2011

Beach won election to the New Jersey State Senate in 2011. During that election cycle, Beach raised a total of $313,910.

Endorsements

2013

In 2013, Beach's endorsements included the following:[11][12]

  • The New Jersey AFL-CIO
  • The Sierra Club

Personal

Beach and his wife have two children and six grandchildren. They currently reside in Voorhees, New Jersey.

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New Jersey State Senate District 6
2009–present
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