Loretta Weinberg

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Loretta Weinberg
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New Jersey State Senate District 37
Incumbent
In office
2005-Present
Term ends
January 9, 2018
Years in position 10
PartyDemocratic
Leadership
Senate Majority Leader
2011-Present
Compensation
Base salary$49,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First elected2005
Next generalNovember 7, 2017
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
New Jersey State General Assembly
1992-2005
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of California, 1956
Master'sFairleigh Dickinson University
Personal
Date of birthFebruary 6, 1935
Place of birthNew York, NY
ProfessionBusiness owner
ReligionJewish
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Loretta Weinberg (b. February 6, 1935) is a Democratic member of the New Jersey Senate, representing District 37. She was first elected to the chamber in 2005. Bills that have been sponsored by Senator Weinberg include Senate Bill 91 and Senate Bill 92.[1] She currently serves as Senate Majority Leader.[2]

Weinberg served in the New Jersey General Assembly from 1992 to 2005. She was Majority Conference Leader for the chamber from 2002 to 2005.[3]

Biography

Weinberg earned her B.A. in History and Political Science from the University of California in 1956 and her Master's of Public Administration from Farleigh Dickinson University.[4][5] Her professional experience includes co-owning Fineline Store Equipment from 1964 to 1995.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Weinberg served on the following committees:

New Jersey Committee Assignments, 2015
New Jersey Legislative Select Committee on Investigation, Co-Chair
Legislative Oversight, Vice-Chair
Joint Budget Oversight
Economic Justice and Equal Employment Opp
Judiciary

2014 legislative session

In the 2014 legislative session, Weinberg served on the following committees:

2010-2011

In the 2010-2011 legislative session, Weinberg 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 May 2015 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.[6]
Weinberg was included on the list of legislators currently receiving pension benefits and a legislative salary. According to the 2013 report, Weinberg receives a $40,860 pension per year. The employer at retirement was New Jersey State Assembly.[6]

Elections

2013

See also: New Jersey State Senate elections, 2013

Weinberg won re-election in the 2013 election for New Jersey State Senate District 37. Weinberg was unopposed in the June 4 Democratic primary and defeated Paul A. Duggen (R) in the general election on November 5, 2013.[7][8][9][10]

New Jersey State Senate, District 37 General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLoretta Weinberg Incumbent 68.5% 28,321
     Republican Paul A. Duggen 31.5% 13,038
Total Votes 41,359

2011

See also: New Jersey State Senate elections, 2011

Weinberg won re-election to the District 37 State Senate seat in 2011. She faced no opposition for the June 7 Democratic primary election. Weinberg defeated Robert Lebovics (R) in the general election which took place on November 8, 2011.[11]

New Jersey State Senate District 37 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLoretta Weinberg Incumbent 69.9% 23,141
     Republican Robert Lebovics 30.1% 9,980
Total Votes 33,121

2009

Weinberg and incumbent Jon Corzine (D) were defeated by Republicans Chris Christie and Kim Guadagno in the November 3 general election.[12]

Governor and Lt. Governor of New Jersey, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngChris Christie and Kim Guadagno 48.5% 1,174,445
     Democratic Jon Corzine and Loretta Weinberg Incumbent 44.9% 1,087,731
     Independent Christopher Daggett and Frank Esposito 5.8% 139,579
     Independent Kenneth Kaplan and John Paff 0.2% 4,830
     Independent Gary Steele and Theresa Nevins 0.1% 3,585
     Independent Jason Cullen and Gloria Leustek 0.1% 2,869
     Independent David Meiswinkle and Noelani Musicaro 0.1% 2,598
     Independent Kostas Petris and Kevin Davies 0.1% 2,563
     Independent Gregory Pason and Costantino Rozzo 0.1% 2,085
     Independent Gary Stein and Cynthia Stein 0.1% 1,625
     Independent Joshua Leinsdorf and Ubaldo Figliola 0% 1,021
     Independent Alvin Lindsay, Jr. and Eugene Harley 0% 753
     (None) Personal Choice 0% 108
Total Votes 2,423,792

2007

See also: New Jersey State Senate elections, 2007

In 2007, Weinberg was re-elected to the New Jersey State Senate District 37. Weinburg (D) finished with 24,118 votes and was followed by Clara Nibot (R) with 7,924 votes. Weinberg raised $442,827 for her campaign fund.[13]

New Jersey Senate 2007 General Election, District 37 (2007)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Loretta Weinberg (D) 24,118
Clara Nibot (R) 7,924

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Weinberg is available dating back to 1997. Based on available campaign finance records, Weinberg raised a total of $32,688,575 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 14, 2015.[14]

Loretta Weinberg's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2013 New Jersey State Senate, District 37 Won $262,695
2011 New Jersey State Senate, District 37 Won $320,587
2009 New Jersey Governor/Lieutenant election Defeated $31,364,575
2007 New Jersey State Senate, District 37 Won $422,827
2003 New Jersey General Assembly, District 37 Won $40,669
2001 New Jersey General Assembly, District 37 Won $147,352
1999 New Jersey General Assembly, District 37 Won $94,559
1997 New Jersey General Assembly, District 37 Won $35,311
Grand Total Raised $32,688,575

2013

Weinberg won re-election to the New Jersey State Senate in 2013. During that election cycle, Weinberg raised a total of $262,695.
New Jersey State Senate 2013 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Loretta Weinberg's campaign in 2013
New Jersey Education Association$11,200
1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East$10,700
Unitemized Donations$10,420
Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters$9,400
New Jersey Association for Justice$9,200
Total Raised in 2013$262,695
Source: Follow the Money

2011

Weinberg won re-election to the New Jersey State Senate in 2011. During that election cycle, Weinberg raised a total of $320,587.

2009

Weinberg lost the election for the Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey in 2009. During that election cycle, Weinberg raised a total of $31,364,575.

2007

Weinberg won election to the New Jersey State Senate in 2007. During that election cycle, Weinberg raised a total of $422,827.

2003

Weinberg won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2003. During that election cycle, Weinberg raised a total of $40,669.

2001

Weinberg won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2001. During that election cycle, Weinberg raised a total of $147,352.

1999

Weinberg won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 1999. During that election cycle, Weinberg raised a total of $94,559.

1997

Weinberg won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 1997. During that election cycle, Weinberg raised a total of $35,311.

Scorecards

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2014-2015

In 2014, the 216th New Jersey State Legislature is 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.

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Endorsements

2013

In 2013, Weinberg’s endorsements included the following:[15]

  • New Jersey State AFL-CIO

2011

In 2011, Weinberg’s endorsements included the following:[16]

Personal

Weinburg has two children. She currently resides in Teaneck, New Jersey.

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References

  1. New Jersey State Legislature, "Bills Sponsored by Senators and Representatives," accessed April 10, 2014
  2. NCSL Typepad, "New Leaders in Arizona and New Jersey," November 10, 2011
  3. Project Vote Smart, "Biography," accessed April 10, 2014
  4. New Jersey State Legislature, "Biography of Loretta Weinberg," accessed April 10, 2014
  5. Project Vote Smart, "Sen. Loretta Weinberg," accessed May 16, 2013
  6. 6.0 6.1 New Jersey Watchdog, "18 double-dipping NJ lawmakers block pension reform," July 22, 2013
  7. New Jersey Department of State, "Official Primary Election Results," accessed July 26, 2013
  8. New Jersey Department of State, "Official general election candidates," September 9, 2013
  9. Associated Press, "New Jersey - Summary Vote Results," November 6, 2013
  10. New Jersey Department of State, "2013 Official General Election results," accessed December 5, 2013
  11. New Jersey Department of State, "2011 Official State Senate Primary Candidate List," accessed April 10, 2014
  12. New Jersey Department of State, "Official tallies: Candidates for Governor and Lieutenant Governor, November 3, 2009 - General election," accessed April 20, 2012
  13. Follow the Money, "New Jersey State Senate 2007 general election results," accessed April 10, 2014
  14. Follow the Money, "Contributions to Weinberg, Loretta," accessed April 14, 2015
  15. PolitickerNJ.com, "AFL-CIO endorses candidates for elections," accessed September 4, 2013
  16. Politicker NJ, "2011 AFL-CIO endorsed candidates," accessed August 5, 2011
Political offices
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New Jersey State Senate District 37
2005–present
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