Bonnie Watson Coleman

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Bonnie Watson Coleman
Bonnie Watson Coleman official portrait.jpg
U.S. House, New Jersey, District 12
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2015 - Present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 0
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorRush D. Holt, Jr. (D)
Leadership
Majority Conference Leader
2014-2015
Majority Leader
2006-2009
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Cost per vote$15.35 in 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$4,017,352
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
New Jersey General Assembly District 15
1998-2015
Education
Bachelor'sThomas Edison State College
Personal
Date of birthFebruary 6, 1945
Place of birthCamden, NJ
ProfessionLegislator
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Bonnie Watson Coleman (b. February 6, 1945) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing New Jersey's 12th Congressional District. Coleman was first elected to the House in 2014 and is currently serving her first term.

Coleman won the Democratic nomination in the primary on June 3, 2014. She 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.[1]

Coleman was previously 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 served as Majority Conference Leader. She previously served as Majority Leader from 2006 to 2009.

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.[2]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Coleman's academic, professional and political career:[3]

  • 2015-Present: U.S. Representative from New Jersey's 12th Congressional District
  • 2006-2009: New Jersey State Assembly Majority Leader
  • 2002-2006: Member, New Jersey State Democratic Committee
  • 1988-2014: New Jersey State Assembly, District 15
  • 1985: Graduated from Thomas Edison State College with a B.A.

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2015-2016

Watson Coleman serves on the following committees:[4]

New Jersey General Assembly

2014-2015

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

2010-2012

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

Key votes

114th Congress

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The first session of the 114th Congress has enacted into law 6 out of the 2,616 introduced bills (0.2 percent). Comparatively, the 113th Congress had 1.3 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[5] For more information pertaining to Watson Coleman's voting record in the 114th Congress, please see the below sections.[6]

Economic and fiscal

2016 Budget proposal

Nay3.png On April 30, 2015, the House voted to approve SConRes11, a congressional budget proposal for fiscal year 2016, by a vote of 226-197. The non-binding resolution will be used to create 12 appropriations bills to fund the government before funding runs out on October 1. All 183 Democrats who voted, including Watson Coleman, voted against the resolution.[7][8][9]

Foreign Affairs

Iran nuclear deal

Yea3.png On May 14, 2015, the House approved HR 1191 - the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 by a vote of 400-25. The bill requires President Barack Obama to submit the details of a nuclear deal with Iran for congressional review, if negotiators reach a final agreement. Congress will have 30 days to review the deal and vote to approve or disapprove the deal. During the review period, sanctions on Iran cannot be lifted. Watson Coleman voted with 176 Democrats to approve the bill.[10][11]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Bonnie Watson Coleman's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the analysis, Coleman is a Populist-Leaning Liberal.[12] Note: We are working to resolve inaccuracies with this information. Thank you for your patience.

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  • 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.[13]

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:[14]

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. [15]

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.[1] 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 61% 90,430
     Republican Alieta Eck 36.5% 54,168
     Green Steven Welzer 0.6% 890
     Truth Vision Hope Kenneth Cody 0.4% 567
     Democratic-Republican Allen Cannon 0.3% 450
     Legalize Marijuana Don Dezarn 0.9% 1,330
     Start the Conversation Jack Freudenheim 0.4% 531
Total Votes 148,366
Source: New Jersey Division of Elections
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[16]

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.[17][18][19][20]

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.[21]

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.[22] [23]

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 history

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 $4,017,352 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 16, 2015.[24]

Bonnie Watson Coleman's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2014 U.S. House (New Jersey, District 12) Won $1,395,927
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 $4,017,352

2014

Coleman won election to the U.S. House in 2014. During that election cycle, Coleman's campaign committee raised a total of $1,395,927 and spent $1,388,282.[25] This is less than the average $1.45 million spent by House winners in 2014.[26]

Cost per vote

Coleman spent $15.35 per general election vote received in 2014.

U.S. House, New Jersey District 12, 2014 - Bonnie Watson Coleman Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,395,927
Total Spent $1,388,282
Total Raised by Election Runner-up $223,878
Total Spent by Election Runner-up $223,878
Top contributors to Bonnie Watson Coleman's campaign committee
Ross, Feller & Casey$15,600
NRG Energy$15,500
County of Mercer$10,900
AmeriPAC: The Fund for a Greater America$10,000
BRIDGE PAC$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Lawyers/Law Firms$104,671
Retired$77,960
Leadership PACs$66,000
Building Trade Unions$48,600
Health Professionals$47,851

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.[27]

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

See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in New Jersey

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Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

An overview for scorecards in all 50 states can be found on this page. To contribute to the list of New Jersey scorecards, email suggestions to scorecards@ballotpedia.org.

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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:[29]

2013

In 2013, Coleman’s endorsements included the following:[30] [31]

2011

In 2011, Coleman’s endorsements included the following:[32]

Personal

Coleman and her husband, William, have three children.

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Politico, "2014 New Jersey House Election Results," accessed November 7, 2014
  2. Project Vote Smart, "Biography," accessed April 10, 2014
  3. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "Bonnie Watson Coleman," accessed January 28, 2015
  4. U.S. House of Representatives, Office of the Clerk, "Committee Information," accessed February 20, 2015
  5. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 113th Congress," accessed April 29, 2015
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the One Hundred Fourteenth Congress," April 13, 2015
  7. Congress.gov, "S.Con.Res.11," accessed May 5, 2015
  8. Clerk.House.gov, "Final Vote Results for Roll Call 183," accessed May 5, 2015
  9. The Hill, "Republicans pass a budget, flexing power of majority," accessed May 5, 2015
  10. Congress.gov, "H.R.1191 - Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015," accessed May 16, 2015
  11. Clerk.House.gov, "Final Vote Results for Roll Call 226," accessed May 16, 2015
  12. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named ontheissues
  13. New Jersey State Legislature, "Bills Sponsored by Senators and Representatives," accessed April 10, 2014
  14. Project Vote Smart, "Assemblyman Watson Coleman-Issue Positions," accessed April 10, 2014
  15. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  16. YouTube, "Bonnie Watson Coleman For Congress: Every Step Ad," accessed June 2, 2014
  17. New Jersey Department of Elections, "Official Primary Election Results," accessed July 26, 2013
  18. New Jersey Department of State, "Official 2013 General Assembly general election candidates," accessed April 10, 2014
  19. Associated Press, "New Jersey - Summary Vote Results," November 6, 2013
  20. New Jersey Department of State, "2013 Official General Election results," accessed December 9, 2013
  21. New Jersey Department of State, "2011 Official General Assembly Primary Candidate List," accessed April 10, 2014
  22. Associated Press, "General Election Results, November 4, 2009," accessed April 10, 2014
  23. New Jersey Department of State, "Official 2009 New Jersey Assembly General Election Results," accessed April 10, 2014
  24. Followthemoney.org, "Coleman, Bonnie Watson," accessed April 16, 2015
  25. Open Secrets, "Bonnie Watson Coleman 2014 Election Cycle," accessed April 9, 2015
  26. Open Secrets, "Winning vs. Spending," accessed April 9, 2015
  27. Federal Election Commission, "Bonnie Watson Coleman Summary Report," accessed April 30, 2014
  28. Federal Election Commission, "Bonnie Watson Coleman April Quarterly," accessed April 30, 2014
  29. Bonnie Watson Coleman for Congress, "Home," accessed April 9, 2014
  30. PolitickerNJ.com, "AFL-CIO endorses candidates for elections," accessed September 4, 2013
  31. Planned Parenthood NJ, "Planned Parenthood Action Fund of New Jersey Announces Endorsements in State Elections," accessed September 5, 2013
  32. Politicker NJ, "2011 AFL-CIO endorsed candidates," accessed August 5, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Rush D. Holt, Jr.
U.S. House of Representatives - New Jersey District 12
2015-Present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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New Jersey General Assembly District 15
1998 - 2015
Succeeded by
Elizabeth Maher Muoio (D)