Sheila Oliver

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Sheila Oliver
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New Jersey General Assembly District 34
Incumbent
In office
2004 - Present
Term ends
January 12, 2016
Years in position 10
PartyDemocratic
Leadership
Assembly Speaker, New Jersey State Assembly
2010 - 2013
Deputy Speaker Pro Tempore
2008-2009
Compensation
Base salary$49,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First elected2003
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sLincoln University
Master'sColumbia University, 1976
Personal
Birthday07/14/1952
Place of birthNewark, NJ
ProfessionAdministrator, Essex County
ReligionChristian
Websites
Office website
Personal website
CandidateVerification
Sheila Y. Oliver (b. July 14, 1952) is a Democratic member of the New Jersey General Assembly, representing District 34. She was first elected to the chamber in 2003. She previously served as the Assembly Speaker from 2010 to 2013, and as Deputy Speaker Pro Tempore from 2008 to 2009.

Prior to her election to the Assembly, Oliver served as assistant county administrator for the County of Essex from 2000-2003. She also served as a member of the East Orange Board of Education from 1994-2000, serving as its president from 1999-2000.[1]

Biography

Oliver earned her B.S. in Sociology from Lincoln University and her M.S. in Community Organization, Planning and Administration from Columbia University. Her professional experience includes working as a faculty member at several colleges and universities and as an administrator for Essex County.[2]

Committee assignments

2014-2015

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

New Jersey Committee Assignments, 2014
Commerce and Economic Development
Transportation and Independent Authorities

2010-2012

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

Issues

  • A1176 Appropriates $2 million to DHS for grants to Regional Child Abuse Treatment Centers.
  • A1551 Establishes the "Healthy Workplace Act."
  • A2359 Requires contractors to provide Department of the Treasury with employment information about contracts with public bodies.
  • A3282 Directs Chief Technology Officer in the Office of Information Technology to study and report potential benefits of expanding the use of electronic transactions, including the use of electronic signature and electronic record by the State.[3]

National Political Awareness Test

Oliver's answers to the New Jersey State Legislative Election 2003 National Political Awareness Test are available. The test provides voters with a candidate's views on a number of major issues. When asked her top priorities, she answered, "Urban Development/Community Development," and "Employment Opportunity."[4]

Elections

2013

See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2013

Oliver won re-election in the 2013 election for New Jersey General Assembly District 34. Oliver was bracketed with Thomas Giblin and defeated Rayfield Morton, Anthony Moye, Beverly K. Williams, Denise Baskerville, and Clenard H. Childress, Jr. in the June 4 Democratic primary. She and incumbent Thomas Giblin (D) defeated David Rios (R) and Michael Urciouli (R) in the general election, which took place on November 5, 2013.[5][6][7][8]

New Jersey General Assembly, District 34 General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSheila Oliver Incumbent 38% 27,095
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngThomas Giblin Incumbent 37.6% 26,802
     Republican Michael Urciouli 12.2% 8,663
     Republican David Rios 12.2% 8,654
Total Votes 71,214


See also: United States Senate special election in New Jersey, 2013

Oliver ran for U.S. Senate in the special election for the seat left vacant by the death of Frank Lautenberg (D). Mayor of Newark Cory Booker, Reps. Rush D. Holt, Jr. and Frank Pallone also sought the Democratic party nomination in the Democratic primary on August 13, 2013.[9][10][11] The general election took place on October 16, 2013.[12][13] Oliver was defeated by Cory Booker in the Democratic primary on August 13, 2013.[14]

U.S. Senate, New Jersey Special Democratic Primary, 2013
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCory Booker 59.2% 216,936
Frank Pallone 19.8% 72,584
Rush Holt 16.8% 61,463
Sheila Oliver 4.3% 15,656
Total Votes 366,639
Source: Official Election Results from New Jersey Division of Elections[15]

2011

See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2011

Oliver won re-election in 2011. She and incumbent Thomas Giblin ran unopposed in the Democratic Primary on June 7. They then defeated Steve Farrell, Joan Salensky, Clenard Childress, and David Taylor in the November 8 general election as well.[16]

New Jersey General Assembly District 34 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngThomas Giblin Incumbent 39.1% 16,285
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSheila Oliver Incumbent 37.1% 15,462
     Republican Steve Farrell 10.2% 4,270
     Republican Joan Salensky 10.2% 4,251
     Independent Clenard Childress 2% 813
     Independent David Taylor 1.4% 586
Total Votes 41,667

2009

See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2009

Oliver successfully won re-election in the November 3, 2009, general election. She was bracketed with Thomas Giblin and faced Republican challengers Michael Mecca, III and Matthew Tyhala, and A Better Tomorrow challengers Clenard Childress, Jr. and David Taylor, Jr..[17] [18]

New Jersey Assembly General Election, Thirty-Fourth Legislative District (2009)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Sheila Y. Oliver (D) 30,379
Green check mark transparent.png Thomas P. Giblin (D) 29,695
Michael G. Mecca, III (R) 12,867
Matthew Tyahla (R) 11,889

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Oliver is available dating back to 2001. Based on available campaign finance records, Oliver raised a total of $1,159,738 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 27, 2013.[19]

Sheila Oliver's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2011 New Jersey General Assembly, District 34 Won $716,146
2009 New Jersey General Assembly, District 34 Won $192,663
2007 New Jersey General Assembly, District 34 Won $123,957
2005 New Jersey General Assembly, District 34 Won $88,542
2003 New Jersey General Assembly, District 34 Won $38,430
2001 New Jersey State Senate, District 34 Defeated $0
Grand Total Raised $1,159,738

2011

Oliver won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2011. During that election cycle, Oliver raised a total of $716,146.

2009

Oliver won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2009. During that election cycle, Oliver raised a total of $192,663.

2007

Oliver won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2007. During that election cycle, Oliver raised a total of $123,957.

2005

Oliver won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2005. During that election cycle, Oliver raised a total of $88,542.

2003

Oliver won election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2003. During that election cycle, Oliver raised a total of $38,430.

2001

Oliver lost the election for the New Jersey State Senate in 2001. During that election cycle, Oliver raised a total of $0.

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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  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key conservative issues.
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Endorsements

2013

In 2013, Oliver’s endorsements included the following:[20] [21]

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

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References

  1. Project Vote Smart, "Biography," accessed April 10, 2014
  2. "NJ Assembly Dems - Assm. Oliver," accessed May 16, 2013
  3. New Jersey State Legislature, "Bills Sponsored by Senators and Representatives," accessed April 10, 2014
  4. Project Vote Smart, "Assemblyman Oliver-Issue Positions," accessed April 10, 2014
  5. New Jersey Department of Elections, "Official Primary Election Results," accessed July 26, 2013
  6. New Jersey Department of State, "Official 2013 General Assembly general election candidates," accessed April 10, 2014
  7. Associated Press, "New Jersey - Summary Vote Results," November 6, 2013
  8. New Jersey Department of State, "2013 Official General Election results," accessed December 9, 2013
  9. Roll Call, "Pallone Makes Preparations for Senate Campaign in N.J.," January 2, 2012
  10. Politico, "Cory Booker’s unexpected sprint for Senate" accessed June 5, 2013
  11. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named running
  12. NJ.com, "Sheila Oliver 'seriously considering' run for U.S. Senate in special election" accessed June 10, 2013
  13. NJ.com, "Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver tells Dems she's running for U.S. Senate" accessed June 10, 2013
  14. WNYC, "Election 2013," accessed August 13, 2013
  15. New Jersey Division of Elections, "Unofficial Primary Special Election Results," accessed November 7, 2013
  16. New Jersey Department of State, "2011 Official General Assembly Primary Candidate List," accessed April 10, 2014
  17. Associated Press, "General Election Results, November 4, 2009," accessed April 10, 2014
  18. New Jersey Department of State, "Official 2009 New Jersey Assembly General Election Results, accessed April 10, 2014
  19. followthemoney.org, "Oliver, Sheila" accessed August 27, 2013
  20. PolitickerNJ.com, "AFL-CIO endorses candidates for elections," accessed September 4, 2013
  21. Planned Parenthood NJ "Planned Parenthood Action Fund of New Jersey Announces Endorsements in State Elections," accessed September 5, 2013