Nilsa Cruz-Perez

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Nilsa Cruz-Perez
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New Jersey State Senate, District 5
In office
December 15, 2014 - present
Term ends
November 2015
Years in position 1
Prior offices
New Jersey General Assembly, District 5
1995 - 2010
Bachelor'sUniversity of Puerto Rico
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1981-1987
ProfessionCommunity Development Specialist
Office website
Nilsa Cruz-Perez is a Democratic member of the New Jersey State Senate, representing District 5. She was first appointed to the chamber on December 15, 2014, to replace Donald Norcross (D), who resigned after he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.[1]

Cruz-Perez will hold the seat until November 2015, when a special election will be held to determine who will complete the final two years of Norcross' term.[1]

She served in the New Jersey General Assembly, representing District 5 from 1995 to 2010. While in the General Assembly, she served as Deputy Majority Leader from 2008 to 2010.


Cruz-Perez earned her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Puerto Rico. Her professional experience includes working as a Community Development Specialist for the Camden County Improvement Authority. She served as a Sergeant in the United States Army from 1981 to 1987.[2]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Cruz-Perez served on the following committees:

New Jersey Committee Assignments, 2015
Economic Growth, Vice-Chair
Public Schools
Military and Veterans' Affairs




Cruz-Perez has refused to answer the 2007 National Political Awareness Test. She was asked by national leaders of both major parties. The test provides citizens with candidates positions on major issues.[3]

  • A778 Establishes Commission on Women Veterans.
  • A979 Prohibits sale of tobacco products in vending machines and establishes requirements for retail sales of tobacco.
  • A2518 "New Jersey G.I. Bill;" provides higher education benefits to New Jersey veterans.
  • A3365 Establishes Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program.[4]



See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2007

Cruz-Perez and Joseph Roberts, Jr. (D) won re-election to New Jersey General Assembly District 5 in 2007. They defeated Edward Torres (R), Johnathan Mangel (R), Richard Giovanoni (G) and Mark Heacock (G) in the November 6 general election.

New Jersey Assembly General Election, District 5 (2007)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Joseph Roberts, Jr. (D) 17,554
Green check mark transparent.png Nilsa Cruz-Perez (D) 15,978
Edward Torres (R) 9,136
Johnathan Mangel (R) 9,070
Richard Giovanoni (G) 1,419
Mark Heacock (G) 1,381

Campaign donors

Nilsa Cruz-Perez won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2007. During that election cycle, Nilsa Cruz-Perez raised a total of $251,667.


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Political offices
Preceded by
Donald Norcross (D)
New Jersey Senate, District 5
December 15, 2014-present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
New Jersey Assembly District 5
Succeeded by
Donald Norcross (D)