Nia Gill

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Nia Gill
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New Jersey State Senate District 34
Incumbent
In office
2002-Present
Term ends
January 9, 2018
Years in position 12
PartyDemocratic
Leadership
President Pro Tempore, New Jersey State Senate
2010-present
Minority Whip, New Jersey General Assembly
1996-2001
Compensation
Base salary$49,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First elected2001
Next generalNovember 7, 2017
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
New Jersey General Assembly
1994-2001
Education
Bachelor'sUpsala College
J.D.Rutgers University School of Law
Personal
BirthdayMarch 15, 1948
Place of birthGlen Ridge, NJ
ProfessionAttorney
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Nia H. Gill (b. March 15, 1948) is a Democratic member of the New Jersey Senate, representing District 34. She was first elected to the chamber in 2001. She currently serves as President Pro Tempore.

Gill served as Minority Whip for the New Jersey General Assembly from 1996 to 2001.[1]

Biography

Gill earned her B.A. in History/Political History from Upsala College and her J.D. from the Rutgers School of Law. Her professional experience includes working as an attorney for her law firm, Gill & Cohen, P.C.[2]

Committee assignments

2014-2015

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

New Jersey Committee Assignments, 2014
Commerce, Chair
Judiciary, Vice-Chair

2010-2011

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

Issues

Campaign themes

2013

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

  • Championing Public Education

Excerpt: "When the governor decimated the school funding formula, Senator Gill stood with local districts to ensure the state’s urban and suburban schools remained fully funded. She also believes that keeping public education dollars in public schools is critical, and therefore opposes any voucher scheme that pulls resources out of neighborhood schools."

  • Early Voting

Excerpt: "We should be doing everything we can to make it easier—not harder—for people to vote. In today’s hectic world, nobody should be denied their right to have their voice heard because voting is inconvenient."

  • Fighting for Tougher Gun Laws

Excerpt: "Nia is fighting for legislation that would require mandatory instant background checks. She is sponsoring legislation that reduces the number of rounds in high capacity magazines."

  • Property Taxes

Excerpt: "Sen. Nia Gill believes that we must provide meaningful property tax relief. Sen. Gill has been an advocate to increase eligibility to the Senior Freeze program as well as the Homestead Rebate program."

  • Protecting the Environment

Excerpt: "She supported legislation to limit emissions and reduce greenhouse gasses, to require strict inspections of hazardous materials coming through our state, and preserve open space and farmland across the state."

Healthcare exchange

2013

After Governor Chris Christie stated on February 15, 2013, that New Jersey would create a partnership healthcare exchange with the federal government but instead cede its authority on this matter to the federal government, Gill announced that she would introduce a bill which would create task force to oversee the federal exchange's work in New Jersey. She had previously been the sponsor of a bill creating a New Jersey healthcare exchange, which Christie vetoed. Disappointed with the governor's actions, Gill told reporters that "we must continue to be involved in the process" of implementing the Affordable Care Act.[4]

Women's issues

2012

Gill emphasized her potential to be New Jersey's first black congresswoman[5] as well as the only female on the state's currently all-male congressional delegation.[6]

Senator Gill has sponsored Senate Bill 54 and Senate Bill 152, among others.[7]

Elections

2013

See also: New Jersey State Senate elections, 2013

Gill won re-election in the 2013 election for New Jersey State Senate District 34. Gill defeated Mark C. Alexander and Vernon Pullins, Jr. in the June 4 Democratic primary and Joseph Cupoli (R) in the general election on November 5, 2013.[8][9][10][11]

New Jersey State Senate, District 34 General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngNia Gill Incumbent 73.1% 27,132
     Republican Joseph Cupoli 26.9% 9,972
Total Votes 37,104

2012

See also: New Jersey's 10th Congressional District elections, 2012

Gill ran for U.S. House in 2012. She lost to Donald Payne Jr. in the June 5 Democratic primary.[12][13]

New Jersey's 10th Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDonald Payne Jr. 59.6% 36,576
Ronald C. Rice 19.5% 11,939
Dennis Flynn 1.3% 779
Nia Gill 16.6% 10,207
Wayne Smith 2.2% 1,356
Cathy Wright 0.8% 501
Total Votes 61,358

2011

See also: New Jersey State Senate elections, 2011

Gill won re-election to the District 34 State Senate seat in 2011. She ran unopposed in the June 7 Democratic primary election. Gill defeated Ralph Bartnik (R) in the general election which took place on November 8, 2011.[14]

New Jersey State Senate District 34 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngNia Gill Incumbent 79.6% 17,118
     Republican Ralph Bartnik 20.4% 4,386
Total Votes 21,504

2007

See also: New Jersey State Senate elections, 2007

In 2007, Gill was re-elected to the New Jersey State Senate District 34. Gill (D) ran unopposed. Gill raised $230,721 for her campaign fund.[15]

New Jersey Senate 2007 General Election, District 34 (2007)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Nia Gill (D) 17,178

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Gill is available dating back to 1997. Based on available campaign finance records, Gill raised a total of $1,522,459 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 14, 2013.[16]

Nia Gill's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2011 New Jersey State Senate, District 34 Won $281,139
2009 New Jersey State Senate, District 34 Not up for election $247,212
2007 New Jersey State Senate, District 34 Won $230,721
2005 New Jersey State Senate, District 34 Not up for election $172,156
2003 New Jersey State Senate, District 34 Won $285,445
2001 New Jersey State Senate, District 34 Won $253,407
1999 New Jersey General Assembly, District 27 Won $40,901
1997 New Jersey General Assembly, District 27 Won $11,478
Grand Total Raised $1,522,459

2011

Gill won re-election to the New Jersey State Senate in 2011. During that election cycle, Gill raised a total of $281,139.

2009

Gill was not up for election to the New Jersey State Senate in 2009. During that election cycle, Gill raised a total of $247,212.

2007

Gill won re-election to the New Jersey State Senate in 2007. During that election cycle, Gill raised a total of $230,721.

2005

Gill was not up for election to the New Jersey State Senate in 2005. During that election cycle, Gill raised a total of $172,156.

2003

Gill won re-election to the New Jersey State Senate in 2003. During that election cycle, Gill raised a total of $285,445.

2001

Gill won election to the New Jersey State Senate in 2001. During that election cycle, Gill raised a total of $253,407.

1999

Gill won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 1999. During that election cycle, Gill raised a total of $40,901.

1997

Gill won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 1997. During that election cycle, Gill raised a total of $11,478.

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

2013

In 2013, Gill was endorsed by the following:[17][18]

  • EMILY'S List
  • New Jersey Education Association
  • NOW-NJ PAC
  • Essex County Democracy for America
  • The New Jersey AFL-CIO

2011

In 2011, Gill was endorsed by the following:[19]

Personal

Gill has one child. She currently resides in Montclair, New Jersey.

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References

  1. Project Vote Smart, "Biography," accessed April 10, 2014
  2. New Jersey State Legislature, "Biography of Nia Gill," accessed April 10, 2014
  3. Official campaign website, "Issues," accessed May 16, 2013
  4. Susan K. Livio, The Star-Ledger, "Christie to let Obama create health insurance exchange," February 15, 2013
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  7. New Jersey State Legislature, "Bills Sponsored by Senators and Representatives," accessed April 10, 2014
  8. New Jersey Department of State, "Official Primary Election Results," accessed July 26, 2013
  9. New Jersey Department of State, "Official general election candidates," September 9, 2013
  10. Associated Press, "New Jersey - Summary Vote Results," November 6, 2013
  11. New Jersey Department of State, "2013 Official General Election results," accessed December 5, 2013
  12. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named ny
  13. New Jersey Secretary of State "2012 Primary Results"
  14. New Jersey Department of State, "2011 Official State Senate Primary Candidate List," accessed April 10, 2014
  15. Follow the Money, "New Jersey State Senate 2007 general election results," accessed April 10, 2014
  16. followthemoney.org, "Gill, Nia" accessed August 14, 2013
  17. Press Releases, Nia Gill for Senate, Accessed May 16, 2013
  18. PolitickerNJ.com, "AFL-CIO endorses candidates for elections," accessed September 4, 2013
  19. Politicker NJ, 2011 AFL-CIO endorsed candidates, accessed Aug. 5, 2011
Political offices
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New Jersey State Senate District 34
2002–present
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