Robert Gordon

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Robert Gordon
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New Jersey State Senate District 38
Incumbent
In office
2008-Present
Term ends
January 9, 2018
Years in position 6
PartyDemocratic
Leadership
Speaker, General Assembly
2006
Compensation
Base salary$49,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 6, 2007
Next generalNovember 7, 2017
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
New Jersey State Assembly
2004-2007
Education
Bachelor'sWilliams College
Master'sUniversity of California at Berkeley, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
Personal
BirthdayJuly 3, 1950
ProfessionManagement Consultant
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Robert M. Gordon (b. July 3, 1950) is a Democratic member of the New Jersey Senate, representing District 38. He was first elected to the chamber in 2007. Gordon is currently the Majority Caucus Leader. Bills that have been sponsored by Senator Gordon include Senate Bill 99 and Senate Bill 301.[1]

Gordon served in the New Jersey General Assembly from 2004 to 2007. He served as Speaker of the General Assembly in 2006.[2]

Biography

Gordon earned his B.A. in Political Economy from Williams College, his Master's in Public Policy from the University of California at Berkeley and his M.B.A in Finance and Healthcare Management from the University of Pennsylvania.[3] His professional experience includes working as a management consultant at Emergency Management Advisors, Limited Liability Corporation.

Committee assignments

2014-2015

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

New Jersey Committee Assignments, 2014
Legislative Oversight, Chair
Transportation, Vice-Chair
Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens

2010-2011

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

Issues

Campaign themes

2011

In a questionnaire for the League of Women Voters of New Jersey Education Fund, Gordon discussed the following issues:[4]

  • Property Taxes

Excerpt: "I believe we should increase funding for the Homestead Rebate program, specifically for low and middle-income households. However, I think other measures must be taken to reduce property taxes. I am a leading advocate of shared services and consolidation. I have sponsored several bills that would help facilitate shared services and make it easier for towns to consolidate."

  • Unemployment

Excerpt: "For small companies that have difficulty obtaining financing, we need to enact the Democratic jobs package that provides financial incentives for hiring and capital investment. For larger companies that are now flush with cash, but reluctant to invest in jobs because of uncertain demand, we need to promote consumer spending. I would increase disposable income and consumption by investing in construction projects that would enhance or repair our physical infrastructure."

  • Opportunity Scholarship Act

Excerpt: "Over the past two years, public school funding has been drastically cut. Therefore, I would find it very problematic to divert scarce public funds to private schools. I am also troubled by the fact that the public sector would be subsidizing religious schools."

  • State Aid to Municipalities

Excerpt: "I supported the millionaire’s tax which would have generated roughly $600 million for the State and helped offset cuts in school and municipal aid. Longer-term, we need to achieve significant economies in local government. With 566 municipalities, 616 school districts, and hundreds of utility authorities, we have tremendous redundancy in government, particularly at the administrative level."

  • Family Planning Services

Excerpt: " I am a strong supporter of protecting family women’s health services. Thousands of low-income New Jersey residents rely on family planning agencies for vital health care services."

Elections

2013

See also: New Jersey State Senate elections, 2013

Gordon won re-election in the 2013 election for New Jersey State Senate District 38. Gordon was unopposed in the June 4 Democratic primary and defeated Fernando A. Alonso (R) in the general election on November 5, 2013.[5][6][7][8]

New Jersey State Senate, District 38 General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Gordon Incumbent 51.9% 27,779
     Republican Fernando A. Alonso 48.1% 25,767
Total Votes 53,546

2011

See also: New Jersey State Senate elections, 2011

Gordon won re-election to the District 38 State Senate seat in 2011. He faced no opposition for the June 7 Democratic primary election. Gordon defeated John Driscoll, Jr. (R) in the general election which took place on November 8, 2011.[9]

New Jersey State Senate District 38 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Gordon Incumbent 53% 22,299
     Republican John Driscoll, Jr. 47% 19,745
Total Votes 42,044

Speculation

Asbury Park Press

District 38 was one of only three districts that the Asbury Park Press identified as competitive in 2011. The other two were Districts 2 and 14. Districts 2 and 38 may lean more Republican after 2011 redistricting, and District 14 may still favor Democrats. As evidence, they cite a drop in registered Democrats in Districts 2 and 38, and only a small decrease in registered Democrats in District 14. History has shown, argues APP, that districts where Democrats hold less than a 10,000 registered voter advantage typically favor the GOP. The Democratic registration advantage in District 38 is roughly 12,000, (down from 22,000).[10]

2007

See also: New Jersey State Senate elections, 2007

In 2007, Gordon was elected to the New Jersey State Senate District 38. Gordon (D) finished with 22,341 votes and was followed by Robert Colletti (R) with 14,949 votes. Gordon raised $372,441 for his campaign fund.[11]

New Jersey Senate 2007 General Election, District 38 (2007)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Robert Gordon (D) 22,351
Robert Colletti (R) 14,949

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Gordon is available dating back to 2003. Based on available campaign finance records, Gordon raised a total of $1,921,384 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 14, 2013.[12]

Robert Gordon's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2011 New Jersey State Senate, District 38 Won $978,319
2009 New Jersey State Senate, District 38 Not up for election $256,423
2007 New Jersey State Senate, District 38 Won $372,441
2005 New Jersey General Assembly, District 38 Won $193,024
2003 New Jersey General Assembly, District 38 Won $121,177
Grand Total Raised $1,921,384

2011

Gordon won re-election to the New Jersey State Senate in 2011. During that election cycle, Gordon raised a total of $978,319.

2009

Gordon was not up for election to the New Jersey State Senate in 2009. During that election cycle, Gordon raised a total of $256,423.

2007

Gordon won election to the New Jersey State Senate in 2007. During that election cycle, Gordon raised a total of $372,441.

2005

Gordon won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2005. During that election cycle, Gordon raised a total of $193,024.

2003

Gordon won election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2003. During that election cycle, Gordon raised a total of $121,177.

Scorecards

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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.

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Endorsements

2013

In 2013, Gordon’s endorsements included the following:[13]

  • New Jersey State AFL-CIO

2011

In 2011, Gordon’s endorsements included the following:[14]

Personal

Gordon and his wife, Gail, currently reside in Paterson, New Jersey.

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Preceded by
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New Jersey State Senate District 38
2008–present
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