Reed Gusciora

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Reed Gusciora
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New Jersey General Assembly District 15
Incumbent
In office
1996 - Present
Term ends
January 12, 2016
Years in position 18
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$49,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First elected1995
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sThe Catholic University of America
J.D.Seton Hall University School of Law, 1988
Personal
BirthdayMarch 27, 1960
Place of birthPassaic, NJ
ProfessionAttorney
ReligionRoman Catholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
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Reed Gusciora (b. March 27, 1960) is the Democratic Deputy Majority Leader of the New Jersey General Assembly, representing District 15. He was first elected to the chamber in 1995. He has served as Deputy Majority Leader since 2008, Assistant Majority Leader from 2006-07 and Assistant Minority Leader from 1998-2001.

Biography

Gusciora earned his B.A. in Politics/International Relations from the Catholic University of America and his J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law. His professional experience includes working as an attorney with the Law Office of W. Reed Gusciora and as an attorney for Stark and Stark.[1]

Committee assignments

2014-2015

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

New Jersey Committee Assignments, 2014
Regulatory Oversight, Chair
Financial Institutions and Insurance

2010-2012

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

Issues

  • A310 Extends penalties for driving under the influence to include any substance that impairs driving ability; deems driver's consent to non-invasive drug tests.
  • A804 "New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act."
  • A818 Enacts the "Civil Marriage and Religious Protection Act."
  • A819 Sets confidentiality standards for public employee assistance program records; prohibits employer actions against program participants.[2]

National Political Awareness Test

Gusciora's answers to the New Jersey State Legislative Election 2007 National Political Awareness Test are available. He did not answer the question asking his top priorities.[3]

Elections

2013

See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2013

Gusciora won re-election in the 2013 election for New Jersey General Assembly District 15. Gusciora was bracketed with Bonnie Watson Coleman. He was unopposed in the June 4 Democratic primary. He and incumbent Bonnie Watson Coleman (D) defeated Kim Taylor (R) and Anthony Giordano (R) in the general election, which took place on November 5, 2013.[4][5][6][7]

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

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

Following redistricting, Gusciora moved his residence from Princeton to Trenton in order to be able to run again in the 15th District.[9]

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

Gusciora successfully won re-election in the November 3, 2009 general election. Bracketed with Bonnie Watson Coleman they defeated Republican challengers Kim Taylor and Werner Graf, as well as Libertarian challengers Daryl Mikell Brooks and Charles Green.[10] [11]

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 Gusciora is available dating back to 1997. Based on available campaign finance records, Gusciora raised a total of $795,488 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 16, 2013.[12]

Reed Gusciora's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2011 New Jersey General Assembly, District 15 Won $92,212
2009 New Jersey General Assembly, District 15 Won $96,274
2007 New Jersey General Assembly, District 15 Won $122,880
2005 New Jersey General Assembly, District 15 Won $160,242
2003 New Jersey General Assembly, District 15 Won $98,909
2001 New Jersey General Assembly, District 15 Won $73,805
1999 New Jersey General Assembly, District 15 Won $70,774
1997 New Jersey General Assembly, District 15 Won $80,392
Grand Total Raised $795,488

2011

Gusciora won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2011. During that election cycle, Gusciora raised a total of $92,212.

2009

Gusciora won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2009. During that election cycle, Gusciora raised a total of $96,274.

2007

Gusciora won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2007. During that election cycle, Gusciora raised a total of $122,880.

2005

Gusciora won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2005. During that election cycle, Gusciora raised a total of $160,242.

2003

Gusciora won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2003. During that election cycle, Gusciora raised a total of $98,909.

2001

Gusciora won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2001. During that election cycle, Gusciora raised a total of $73,805.

1999

Gusciora won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 1999. During that election cycle, Gusciora raised a total of $70,774.

1997

Gusciora won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 1997. During that election cycle, Gusciora raised a total of $80,392.

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, Gusciora’s endorsements included the following:[13] [14][15]

  • The New Jersey AFL-CIO
  • Planned Parenthood Action Fund of New Jersey
  • The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund

2011

In 2011, Gusciora’s endorsements included the following:[16]

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References

  1. Project Vote Smart, "Biography," accessed April 10, 2014
  2. New Jersey State Legislature, "Bills Sponsored by Senators and Representatives," accessed April 10, 2014
  3. Project Vote Smart, "Assemblyman Gusciora-Issue Positions," accessed April 10, 2014
  4. New Jersey Department of Elections, "Official Primary Election Results," accessed July 26, 2013
  5. New Jersey Department of State, "Official 2013 General Assembly general election candidates," accessed April 10, 2014
  6. Associated Press, "New Jersey - Summary Vote Results," November 6, 2013
  7. New Jersey Department of State, "2013 Official General Election results," accessed December 9, 2013
  8. New Jersey Department of State, "2011 Official General Assembly Primary Candidate List," accessed April 10, 2014
  9. NJ Spotlight, "Election 2011: Where the Republicans Can Pick Up Assembly Seats," April 12, 2011
  10. Associate Press, "General Election Results, November 4, 2009," accessed April 10, 2014
  11. New Jersey Department of State, "Official 2009 New Jersey Assembly General Election Results,accessed April 10, 2014
  12. followthemoney.org, "Gusciora, Reed," accessed August 16, 2013
  13. PolitickerNJ.com, "AFL-CIO endorses candidates for elections," accessed September 4, 2013
  14. Planned Parenthood NJ "Planned Parenthood Action Fund of New Jersey Announces Endorsements in State Elections," accessed September 5, 2013
  15. Victoryfund.org, "Reed Gusciora," accessed Septemeber 4, 2013
  16. Politicker NJ, 2011 AFL-CIO endorsed candidates, accessed Aug. 5, 2011