Nellie Pou

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Nellie Pou
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New Jersey State Senate, District 35
Incumbent
In office
2012 - Present
Term ends
January 9, 2018
Years in position 2
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$49,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 8, 2011
Next generalNovember 7, 2017
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
New Jersey General Assembly District 35
1998 - 2012
Websites
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Nellie Pou is a Democratic member of the New Jersey State Senate, representing District 35. She was first elected to the chamber in 2011.

Pou served in the New Jersey General Assembly from 1997 to 2012.

Biography

Pou studied at Kean College, Rutgers University and the University of Virginia. Her professional experience includes serving as chair for the City of Paterson Department of Human Resources from 1983 to 1997 and on the New Jersey Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect, as well as the Passaic County Planning and Policy Partnership Committee.[1]

Committee assignments

2014-2015

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

New Jersey Committee Assignments, 2014
Higher Education, Vice-Chair
Budget and Appropriations
Judiciary

2010-2012

In the 2010-2012 legislative session, Pou served on the following committees:

Issues


Interview with Assemblywoman Pou

  • A1209 Raises age requirement of compulsory school attendance from 16 to 18 years old.
  • A1211 Requires criminal history record background checks for public employees handling vital records.
  • A2490 Requires handgun ammunition to be encoded with serial number.
  • A3377 Establishes the "Main Street Business Assistance Program;" appropriates $50 million.[2]

Campaign themes

2013

Pou's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[3]

  • Budget & Appropriations

Excerpt: "Throughout her tenure in the legislator, Pou has committed herself to providing property tax relief for New Jersey families from all walks of life. In fact, during an unprecedented 2006 special session of the Legislature, Pou co-chaired one of four bicameral, bipartisan committees to address property taxes in New Jersey; sixteen of her committee's recommendations were enacted by the Legislature."

  • Economy & Jobs

Excerpt: "Senator Pou is committed to keeping existing businesses and jobs here in New Jersey, while simultaneously enticing new businesses and jobs to the state. When the current economic crisis unfolded in Fall 2008, Pou worked with the Legislature and Governor to help enact a statewide economic recovery plan-- the first in the nation to do so, even before the federal government began its own recovery efforts."

  • Education

Excerpt: "Presently, New Jersey allows students to drop out at age 16, essentially hindering these individuals' ability to become productive members of society. By advocating that children be forced to attend school until they are at least 18 years old, Senator Pou is working to ensure more students complete their education and graduate high school, putting them on secure educational footing and facilitating the very best possibility for their future success."

  • Environment

Excerpt: "The Senator is particularly committed to improving and expanding urban environmental health and sustainability. In 2004, Senator Pou sponsored legislation to dedicate park and open space development funding to densely populated communities, where access to open and "green" space often is limited."

  • Education

Excerpt: "Senator Pou has also been a consummate supporter of the Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF), which provides financial assistance to students who are capable and motivated to further their educations, but lack the necessary resources to do so. The Senator often credits the EOF as having been an instrumental support in her own life."

Elections

2013

See also: New Jersey State Senate elections, 2013

Pou won re-election in the 2013 election for New Jersey State Senate District 35. Pou was unopposed in the June 4 Democratic primary and defeated Lynda Gallashaw (R) in the general election on November 5, 2013.[4][5][6][7]

New Jersey State Senate, District 35 General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngNellie Pou Incumbent 74.1% 22,154
     Republican Lynda Gallashaw 25.9% 7,737
Total Votes 29,891

2011

See also: New Jersey State Senate elections, 2011

Pou won the 2011 election for New Jersey Senate District 35. She ran unopposed in the primary on June 7, 2011. Pou defeated Ken Pengitore (R) in the general election which took place on November 8, 2011.[8]

New Jersey State Senate District 35 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngNellie Pou Incumbent 74.7% 14,386
     Republican Ken Pengitore 25.3% 4,867
Total Votes 19,253

2009

See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2009

Nellie Pou successfully won re-election in the November 3, 2009 general election. She was bracketed with Elease Evans and defeated Republican challengers Lynn Anne Shortway and George Sawey.[9] [10]

New Jersey Assembly General Election, Thirty-Fifth Legislative District (2009)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Nellie Pou (D) 22,148
Green check mark transparent.png Elease Evan (D) 21,637
Lynn Anne Shortway (R) 12,488
George Sawey (R) 11,993

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Pou is available dating back to 1997. Based on available campaign finance records, Pou raised a total of $2,293,789 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 14, 2013.[11]

Nellie Pou's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2011 New Jersey State Senate, District 35 Won $738,832
2009 New Jersey General Assembly, District 35 Won $443,593
2007 New Jersey General Assembly, District 35 Won $561,920
2005 New Jersey General Assembly, District 35 Won $227,289
2003 New Jersey General Assembly, District 35 Won $68,560
2001 New Jersey General Assembly, District 35 Won $47,918
1999 New Jersey General Assembly, District 35 Won $92,214
1997 New Jersey General Assembly, District 35 Won $113,463
Grand Total Raised $2,293,789

2011

Pou won election to the New Jersey State Senate in 2011. During that election cycle, Pou raised a total of $738,832.

2009

Pou won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2009. During that election cycle, Pou raised a total of $443,593.

2007

Pou won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2007. During that election cycle, Pou raised a total of $561,920.

2005

Pou won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2005. During that election cycle, Pou raised a total of $227,289.

2003

Pou won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2003. During that election cycle, Pou raised a total of $68,560.

2001

Pou won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2001. During that election cycle, Pou raised a total of $47,918.

1999

Pou won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 1999. During that election cycle, Pou raised a total of $92,214.

1997

Pou won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 1997. During that election cycle, Pou raised a total of $113,463.

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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, Pou’s endorsements included the following:[12]

  • The New Jersey AFL-CIO

2011

In 2011, Pou’s endorsements included the following:[13]

Personal

Pou currently resides in Paterson, New Jersey.

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Political offices
Preceded by
John Girgenti
New Jersey State Senate District 35
2012–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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New Jersey General Assembly District 35
1997–2012
Succeeded by
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