Bonnie Watson Coleman

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Bonnie Watson Coleman
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U.S. House, New Jersey, District 12
Representative-elect
PartyDemocratic
Leadership
Majority Conference Leader
2014-present
Majority Leader
2006-2009
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
New Jersey General Assembly District 15
1998 - Present
Education
Bachelor'sThomas Edison State College
Personal
Birthday02/06/1945
Place of birthCamden, NJ
ProfessionLegislator
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Bonnie Watson Coleman is a Democratic member of the New Jersey General Assembly, representing District 15. She was first elected to the chamber in 1997. In the 2014 legislative session, Coleman serves as Majority Conference Leader. She previously served as Majority Leader from 2006 to 2009.

In 2014, Coleman won election to the U.S. House to represent the 12th Congressional District of New Jersey.[1] She won the Democratic nomination in the primary on June 3, 2014. Coleman defeated Alieta Eck (R), Steven Welzer (G), Kenneth Cody ("Truth Vision Hope"), Allen Cannon (Democratic-Republican), Don Dezarn ("Legalize Marijuana Party") and Jack Freudenheim ("Start the Conversation") in the general election on November 4, 2014.[2]

Biography

Coleman earned her B.A. from Thomas Edison State College in 1985. Her professional experience includes working as assistant commissioner for the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs in 1992, as bureau chief for the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs in 1980 and as director of the New Jersey Department of Transportation from 1974 to 1980.[3]

Committee assignments

2014-2015

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

New Jersey Committee Assignments, 2014
Education, Vice-Chair
New Jersey Legislative Select Committee on Investigation

2010-2012

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

Issues

  • A375 Raises age requirement of compulsory school attendance from 16 to 18 years old.
  • A1558 Requires developers to offer solar energy systems in certain new home construction.
  • A1741 Provides for receipt for voter at primary or general election; allows receipt to be proof of eligibility to vote in subsequent election; provides State reimbursement.
  • A1774 Raises minimum wage to $8.25, then makes annual adjustments based on CPI increases.[4]

National Political Awareness Test

Coleman's answers to the New Jersey State Legislative Election 2005 National Political Awareness Test are available. When asked her top priorities, she stated,

I will continue to advance legislation which promotes the construction of affordable housing, so that we can make New Jersey and affordable place for all income levels.

Also, I plan to establish a Task Force on Education Reform for the purpose of looking at the best delivery systems for public education with an objective of finding ways to make it more efficient and cost effective to taxpayers, and consequently, lower property taxes.[5]

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 November 2014 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]
Coleman was included on the list of legislators currently receiving pension benefits and a legislative salary. According to the 2013 report, Coleman receives a $44,724 pension per year. The employer at retirement was Community Affairs.[6]

Elections

2014

See also: New Jersey's 12th Congressional District elections, 2014

Coleman won election in 2014 to the U.S. House to represent New Jersey's 12th District. Coleman won the Democratic nomination in the primary on June 3, 2014. She went on to defeat Alieta Eck (R), Steven Welzer (G), Kenneth Cody ("Truth Vision Hope"), Allen Cannon (Democratic-Republican), Don Dezarn ("Legalize Marijuana Party") and Jack Freudenheim ("Start the Conversation") in the general election.[2] The general election took place November 4, 2014.

U.S. House, New Jersey District 12 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBonnie Watson Coleman 60.8% 89,001
     Republican Alieta Eck 36.6% 53,613
     Green Steven Welzer 0.6% 881
     Truth Vision Hope Kenneth Cody 0.4% 552
     Democratic-Republican Allen Cannon 0.3% 438
     Legalize Marijuana Don Dezarn 0.9% 1,307
     Start the Conversation Jack Freudenheim 0.4% 523
Total Votes 146,315
Source: New Jersey Division of Elections Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.
U.S. House, New Jersey District 12 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBonnie Watson Coleman 43% 15,603
Linda Greenstein 27.8% 10,089
Upendra Chivukula 21.8% 7,890
Andrew Zwicker 7.4% 2,668
Total Votes 36,250
Source: New Jersey Division of Elections - Official Election Results

Media


Bonnie Watson Coleman 2014 campaign ad[7]

2013

See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2013

Coleman won re-election in the 2013 election for New Jersey General Assembly District 15. Coleman was bracketed with Reed Gusciora. She was unopposed in the June 4 Democratic primary. She and incumbent Reed Gusciora (D) defeated Kim Taylor (R) and Anthony Giordano (R) in the general election, which took place on November 5, 2013.[8][9][10][11]

New Jersey General Assembly, District 15 General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBonnie Watson Coleman Incumbent 31.4% 29,109
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngReed Gusciora Incumbent 31.1% 28,848
     Republican Anthony Giordano 18.8% 17,429
     Republican Kim Taylor 18.7% 17,310
Total Votes 92,696

2011

See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2011

Coleman won re-election in 2011. Coleman and incumbent Reed Gusciora ran unopposed in the Democratic Primary on June 7. They then defeated Peter Yull and Kathy Kilcommons in the November 8 general election.[12]

New Jersey General Assembly District 15 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngReed Gusciora Incumbent 32.5% 20,350
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBonnie Watson Coleman Incumbent 32.8% 20,505
     Republican Peter Yull 17.3% 10,817
     Republican Kathy Kilcommons 17.4% 10,914
Total Votes 62,586

2009

See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2009

Coleman successfully won re-election in the November 3, 2009 general election. Bracketed with Reed Gusciora, they defeated Republican challengers Kim Taylor and Werner Graf, as well as Libertarian challengers Daryl Mikell Brooks and Charles Green.[13] [14]

New Jersey Assembly General Election, Fifteenth Legislative District (2009)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Bonnie Watson Coleman (D) 29,713
Green check mark transparent.png Reed Gusciora (D) 29,215
Kim Taylor (R) 15,418
Werner Graf (R) 14,781

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Bonnie Watson Coleman is available dating back to 1997. Based on available campaign finance records, Bonnie Watson Coleman raised a total of $2,621,425 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 16, 2013.[15]

Bonnie Watson Coleman's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2011 New Jersey General Assembly, District 15 Won $500,706
2009 New Jersey General Assembly, District 15 Won $802,529
2007 New Jersey General Assembly, District 15 Won $468,827
2005 New Jersey General Assembly, District 15 Won $344,311
2003 New Jersey General Assembly, District 15 Won $192,697
2001 New Jersey General Assembly, District 15 Won $139,743
1999 New Jersey General Assembly, District 15 Won $64,458
1997 New Jersey General Assembly, District 15 Won $108,154
Grand Total Raised $2,621,425

2014

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Coleman's reports.[16]

Bonnie Watson Coleman (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[17]April 15, 2014$0.00$124,260.49$(20,281.33)$103,979.16
Running totals
$124,260.49$(20,281.33)

2011

Bonnie Watson Coleman won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2011. During that election cycle, Bonnie Watson Coleman raised a total of $500,706.

2009

Bonnie Watson Coleman won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2009. During that election cycle, Bonnie Watson Coleman raised a total of $802,529.

2007

Bonnie Watson Coleman won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2007. During that election cycle, Bonnie Watson Coleman raised a total of $468,827.

2005

Bonnie Watson Coleman won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2005. During that election cycle, Bonnie Watson Coleman raised a total of $344,311.

2003

Bonnie Watson Coleman won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2003. During that election cycle, Bonnie Watson Coleman raised a total of $192,697.

2001

Bonnie Watson Coleman won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2001. During that election cycle, Bonnie Watson Coleman raised a total of $139,743.

1999

Bonnie Watson Coleman won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 1999. During that election cycle, Bonnie Watson Coleman raised a total of $64,458.

1997

Bonnie Watson Coleman won election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 1997. During that election cycle, Bonnie Watson Coleman raised a total of $108,154.

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.

  • 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

2014

Coleman was endorsed by the following groups:[18]

2013

In 2013, Coleman’s endorsements included the following:[19] [20]

  • The New Jersey AFL-CIO
  • Planned Parenthood Action Fund of New Jersey

2011

In 2011, Coleman’s endorsements included the following:[21]

Personal

Coleman and her husband, William, have three children.

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References

  1. New Jersey Department of State, "Candidates for House of Representatives," accessed March 31, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Politico, "2014 New Jersey House Election Results," accessed November 7, 2014
  3. Project Vote Smart, "Biography," accessed April 10, 2014
  4. New Jersey State Legislature, "Bills Sponsored by Senators and Representatives," accessed April 10, 2014
  5. Project Vote Smart, "Assemblyman Watson Coleman-Issue Positions," accessed April 10, 2014
  6. 6.0 6.1 New Jersey Watchdog, 18 double-dipping NJ lawmakers block pension reform, July 2013
  7. YouTube, "Bonnie Watson Coleman For Congress: Every Step Ad," accessed June 2, 2014
  8. New Jersey Department of Elections, "Official Primary Election Results," accessed July 26, 2013
  9. New Jersey Department of State, "Official 2013 General Assembly general election candidates," accessed April 10, 2014
  10. Associated Press, "New Jersey - Summary Vote Results," November 6, 2013
  11. New Jersey Department of State, "2013 Official General Election results," accessed December 9, 2013
  12. New Jersey Department of State, "2011 Official General Assembly Primary Candidate List," accessed April 10, 2014
  13. Associate Press, "General Election Results, November 4, 2009," accessed April 10, 2014
  14. New Jersey Department of State, "Official 2009 New Jersey Assembly General Election Results,accessed April 10, 2014
  15. followthemoney.org, "Coleman, Bonnie Watson" accessed August 16, 2013
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Bonnie Watson Coleman Summary Report," accessed April 30, 2014
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Bonnie Watson Coleman April Quarterly," accessed April 30, 2014
  18. Bonnie Watson Coleman for Congress, "Home," accessed April 9, 2014
  19. PolitickerNJ.com, "AFL-CIO endorses candidates for elections," accessed September 4, 2013
  20. Planned Parenthood NJ "Planned Parenthood Action Fund of New Jersey Announces Endorsements in State Elections," accessed September 5, 2013
  21. Politicker NJ, 2011 AFL-CIO endorsed candidates, accessed Aug. 5, 2011