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Jeff Van Drew

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Jeff Van Drew
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New Jersey Senate District 1
Incumbent
In office
January 2008 - present
Term ends
January 9, 2018
Years in position 6
PartyDemocratic
Leadership
Assistant Majority Leader (Assembly)
2006-2007
Compensation
Base salary$49,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First elected2007
Next generalNovember 7, 2017
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
New Jersey General Assembly District 1
2002-2007
Mayor, Dennis Township
1994-1995, 1997-2003
Education
Bachelor'sRutgers University
OtherFairleigh Dickinson University Dental School
Personal
BirthdayFebruary 23, 1953
ProfessionDentist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification

Jeff Van Drew (b. February 23, 1953 in New York, NY) is a Democratic member of the New Jersey Senate, representing District 1. He was first elected to the chamber in 2007.

Van Drew is the Vice Chair of the Senate Environment Committee. Bills that have been sponsored by Senator Van Drew include Senate Bill 6 and Senate Bill 64.[1] Prior to his time in the Senate, Van Drew served from 2002-2007 in the New Jersey General Assembly. From 2006-2007, he was the Assistant Majority Leader in the Assembly. Van Drew was also the mayor of Dennis Township from 1994 to 1995 and 1997 to 2003.

Biography

Van Drew earned his B.S. from Rutgers University and his D.D.S from Fairleigh Dickinson University Dental School. Van Drew was an intern at Veterans' Administration New Jersey Healthcare during his education.[2] His professional experience includes working as a family dentist since 1980 .[3]

Committee assignments

2014-2015

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

New Jersey Committee Assignments, 2014
Community and Urban Affairs, Chair
Budget and Appropriations

2012-2013

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

2010-2011

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

Issues

Campaign themes

2013

On their shared campaign website, Van Drew, Bob Andrzejczak and Nelson Albano highlighted the same five major campaign themes listed when Van Drew, Nelson Albano and Matthew Milam were running together in 2011.[4]

2011

On their shared campaign website, Van Drew, Matthew Milam, and Nelson Albano highlighted the following campaign themes:[5]

  • Protect South Jersey jobs and grow our state economy
Excerpt: "Nelson and Matt are working to help small business owners by eliminating exorbitant fees, cutting red tape and providing other incentives."
  • Cap state spending and relieve the burden on hardworking taxpayers
Excerpt: "Families across New Jersey are tightening their belts to live within their means—and it’s time state government did the same. Nelson and Matt support a state spending cap because they don’t want to see our tax dollars going toward wasteful pet projects."
  • Prohibit politicians from accepting gifts from lobbyists
Excerpt: "Nelson and Matt are neighbors, community leaders and small business owners—not career politicians. That’s why they support legislation that prohibits politicians from accepting gifts from lobbyists. Working alongside Jeff Van Drew, they are advocating for tougher election laws to keep corruption out of our state government."
  • Bring home South Jersey’s fair share of state resources and money
Excerpt: ."..Nelson and Matt are a powerful voice making sure we get our fair share of state resources. They’ve secured funding for tourism, open space preservation and economic development and will continue to advocate for critical projects, such as additional tourism funding to support the local economy in Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland counties."
  • Improve access to affordable health care and prescription drugs
Excerpt: "Health care is a right, not a privilege—and tough economic times should not mean our children, families and seniors are denied they quality care they deserve.

Elections

2013

See also: New Jersey State Senate elections, 2013

Drew won re-election in the 2013 election for New Jersey State Senate District 1. Drew was unopposed in the June 4 Democratic primary and defeated Susan Adelizzi Schmidt (R) and Thomas Greto (I) in the general election on November 5, 2013.[6][7][8]

New Jersey State Senate, District 1 General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJeff Van Drew Incumbent 59.4% 34,624
     Republican Susan Adelizzi Schmidt 39.2% 22,835
     Independent Thomas Greto 1.4% 825
Total Votes 58,284

2011

See also: New Jersey State Senate elections, 2011

Van Drew was re-elected to the New Jersey State Senate District 1. He defeated David DeWeese (R) in the general election. Van Drew was unopposed in the Democratic primary.[9][10][11]

New Jersey State Senate District 1 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJeff Van Drew Incumbent 54.1% 24,557
     Republican David DeWeese 45.9% 20,857
Total Votes 45,414

2007

See also: New Jersey State Senate elections, 2007

In 2007, Van Drew was elected to the New Jersey State Senate District 1. Van Drew (D) finished with 28,240 votes while his opponent Nicholas Asselta (R) finished with 22,460 votes.[12] Van Drew raised $364,011 for his campaign fund.[13]

New Jersey State Senate District 1
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Jeff Van Drew (D) 28,240
Nicholas Asselta (R) 22,469

2005

See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2005

In 2005, Van Drew was re-elected to the New Jersey Assembly District 1. Van Drew (D) and candidate Nelson Albano (D) defeated incumbent John Gibson (R) and candidate George Cecola (R) in the general election.[14] Van Drew raised $799,176 for his campaign fund, and incumbent John Gibson (R) raised $214,143.[15]

2003

See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2003

In 2003, Van Drew was re-elected to the New Jersey Assembly District 1. Van Drew (D) and candidate John Gibson (R) defeated candidates Maria Laboy (D), Andrew McCrosson, Jr. (R), Carly Massey (I), Mary Snyder (I) and Costantino Rozzo (I) in the general election.[16] Van Drew raised $188,430 for his campaign fund. John Gibson (R) raised $74,607, Maria Laboy raised $85,255, and Andrew McCrosson raised $33,223.[17]

2001

See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2001

In 2001, Van Drew was elected to the New Jersey Assembly District 1. Van Drew (D) unseated Republican incumbent John Gibson. Candidate Douglas Jones-Romero (D) and incumbent John Gibson (R) lost in the general election.[18] Van Drew raised $530,833 for his campaign fund. Incumbent Nicholas Asselta (R) raised $78,600, Douglas Jones-Romero (D) raised $196,100 and John Gibson (R) raised $64,972.[19]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Van Drew is available dating back to 2001. Based on available campaign finance records, Van Drew raised a total of $2,434,021 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 12, 2013.[20]

Jeff Van Drew's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2011 New Jersey State Senate, District 1 Won $338,525
2009 New Jersey State Senate, District 1 Not up for election $213,046
2007 New Jersey State Senate, District 1 Won $364,011
2005 New Jersey General Assembly, District 1 Won $799,176
2003 New Jersey General Assembly, District 1 Won $188,430
2001 New Jersey General Assembly, District 1 Won $530,833
Grand Total Raised $2,434,021

2011

Van Drew won re-election to the New Jersey State Senate in 2011. During that election cycle, Van Drew raised a total of $338,525.

2009

Van Drew was not up for election to the New Jersey State Senate in 2009. During that election cycle, Van Drew raised a total of $213,046.

2007

Van Drew won election to the New Jersey State Senate in 2007. During that election cycle, Van Drew raised a total of $364,011.

2005

Van Drew won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2005. During that election cycle, Van Drew raised a total of $799,176.

2003

Van Drew won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2003. During that election cycle, Van Drew raised a total of $188,430.

2001

Van Drew won election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2001. During that election cycle, Van Drew raised a total of $530,833.

Endorsements

2013

In 2013, Van Drew’s endorsements included the following:[21]

  • The New Jersey AFL-CIO

Personal

Van Drew and his wife, Ricarda, have two children. They currently reside in Cape May Court House, New Jersey.

Van Drew has a lifetime membership in the New Jersey Fireman’s Association. He is also the former president of the Atlantic Cape May Dental Society and chairman of Peer Review for the NJ Dental Association.

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References

  1. New Jersey State Legislature, "Bills Sponsored by Senators and Representatives," accessed April 10, 2014
  2. New Jersey State Legislature, "Biography of Jeff Van Drew," accessed April 10, 2014
  3. Project Vote Smart, "Jeff Van Drew," accessed April 10, 2014
  4. The Van Drew Team for Change, "Our Plan," accessed September 3, 2013
  5. The Van Drew Team for Change, "Our Plan," accessed May 3, 2011 (Archived)
  6. New Jersey Department of State, "Official Primary Election Results," accessed July 26, 2013
  7. New Jersey Department of State, "Unofficial general election candidates," accessed August 5, 2013
  8. New Jersey Department of State, "2013 Official General Election results," accessed December 5, 2013
  9. New Jersey Department of State, “2011 Official General Election Results,” accessed December 5, 2013
  10. New Jersey Department of State, "2011 Official Primary Election Results," accessed December 5, 2013
  11. New Jersey Department of State, “2011 Official State Senate Primary Candidate List,” accessed December 5, 2013
  12. Follow the Money, "New Jersey State Senate 2007 general election results," accessed April 10, 2014
  13. Follow the Money, "Campaign funds," accessed April 10, 2014
  14. Follow the Money, "New Jersey General Assembly 2007 general election results," accessed April 10, 2014
  15. Follow the Money, "Campaign funds," accessed April 10, 2014
  16. Follow the Money, "New Jersey General Assembly 2003 general election results," accessed April 10, 2014
  17. Follow the Money, "Campaign funds," accessed April 10, 2014
  18. Follow the Money, "New Jersey General Assembly 2001 general election results," accessed April 10, 2014
  19. Follow the Money, "Campaign funds," accessed April 10, 2014
  20. followthemoney.org, "Van Drew, Jeff," accessed August 12, 2013
  21. PolitickerNJ.com, "AFL-CIO endorses candidates for elections," accessed September 3, 2013
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