Peter Barnes, III

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Peter Barnes, III
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New Jersey State Senate District 18
Incumbent
In office
2014-present
Term ends
January 9, 2018
Years in position 0
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$49,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First elected2007
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
New Jersey General Assembly, District 18
2007-2013
Education
Bachelor'sGettysburg College
Master'sFarleigh Dickinson University
J.D.Widener University School of Law
Personal
Birthday04/26/1956
ProfessionAttorney, Law Offices of Peter Barnes
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Peter J. Barnes, III is a Democratic member of the New Jersey State Senate, representing District 18. He was first elected to the chamber in 2013.

Barnes represented District 18 in the Assembly from 2007-2013. He previously served as Majority Whip in the Assembly.

Barnes did not seek re-election in 2013. His Assembly seat was filled by Democrat Nancy Pinkin.

Biography

Barnes received his B.A. in Political Science from Gettysburg College, his M.B.A. from Farleigh Dickinson University and his J.D. from the Widener University School of Law. His professional experience includes working as an attorney.[1] He served on the Edison Township Municipal Council from 1996-2007.

Committee assignments

2014-2015

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

New Jersey Committee Assignments, 2014
Economic Growth, Vice-Chair
Budget and Appropriations
State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation

2010-2012

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

Issues

  • A2789 Creates eight additional judgeships; increases certain court fees to fund judgeships and to supplement funding for Legal Services of New Jersey
  • A2911 "New Jersey College Student and Parent Consumer Information Act;" requires each four-year public institution of higher education to provide on its website certain information regarding its costs, faculty, and graduation rates.
  • A3208 Requires the incorporation of solar panels in design and construction of new public school facilities.
  • A3621 Changes signature requirement for recall petition and when recall may be initiated.[2]

Elections

2013

See also: New Jersey State Senate elections, 2013

Barnes won the 2013 election for New Jersey State Senate District 18. Barnes was unopposed in the June 4 Democratic primary and defeated David Stahl (R) in the general election, which took place on November 5, 2013.[3][4][5][6]

New Jersey State Senate, District 18 General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPeter Barnes, III 51.9% 25,063
     Republican David Stahl 48.1% 23,184
Total Votes 48,247

2011

See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2011

Barnes won re-election in 2011. Barnes and incumbent Patrick Diegnan, Jr. ran unopposed in the Democratic Primary on June 7. They then defeated Joseph Sinagra and Marcia Silva in the November 8 general election.[7]

New Jersey General Assembly District 18 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPatrick Diegnan Incumbent 28.4% 18,050
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPeter Barnes, III Incumbent 28.6% 18,166
     Republican Joseph Sinagra 22% 13,996
     Republican Marcia Silva 21% 13,333
Total Votes 63,545

2009

See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2009

Barnes won re-election in the November 3, 2009 general election. He was bracketed with Patrick Diegnan, Jr. and defeated Republican challengers Joseph Sinagra and Bob Jones, along with Defending Forgotten Taxpayers challengers Katherine Shkolar and Andrew Tidd.[8] [9]

New Jersey Assembly General Election, Eighteenth Legislative District (2009)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Peter J. Barnes (D) 26,658
Green check mark transparent.png Patrick J. Diegan, Jr. (D) 26,317
Joseph Sinagra (R) 24,091
Robert Jones (R) 22,727

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Barnes is available dating back to 2007. Based on available campaign finance records, Barnes raised a total of $895,218 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 16, 2013.[10]

Peter Barnes, III's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2011 New Jersey General Assembly, District 18 Won $290,112
2009 New Jersey General Assembly, District 18 Won $292,655
2007 New Jersey General Assembly, District 18 Won $312,451
Grand Total Raised $895,218

2011

Barnes won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2011. During that election cycle, Barnes raised a total of $290,112.

2009

Barnes won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2009. During that election cycle, Barnes raised a total of $292,655.

2007

Barnes won election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2007. During that election cycle, Barnes raised a total of $312,451.

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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, Barnes’ endorsements included the following:[11][12]

  • New Jersey State AFL-CIO
  • The Sierra Club

2011

In 2011, Barnes' endorsements included the following:

Personal

Barnes and his wife, Katie, have three children. They currently reside in Edison, New Jersey.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Barbara Buono (D)
New Jersey State Senate District 18
2014–present
Succeeded by
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