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{{Polinfobox
 
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   |Project = Congress
 
   |Name = Bonnie Watson Coleman
 
   |Name = Bonnie Watson Coleman
   |Profile picture = BColeman.jpg
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   |Profile picture = Bonnie Watson Coleman official portrait.jpg
   |Position = New Jersey General Assembly District 15
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   |Position = U.S. House, New Jersey, District 12
 
   |Status = Incumbent
 
   |Status = Incumbent
   |Tenure = 1998 - Present
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   |Tenure = January 3, 2015 - Present
  |Term ends = January 2014
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  |Term ends = January 3, 2017
   |Assumed office = 1998
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   |Assumed office = 2015
 
   |Political party = Democratic | Party dot = {{bluedot|size=10px}}
 
   |Political party = Democratic | Party dot = {{bluedot|size=10px}}
   |Leadership =  
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  |Predecessor = [[Rush D. Holt, Jr.]] (D)
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   |Leadership = Majority Conference Leader
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   |Years leadership = 2014-2015
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   |Leadership 2 = Majority Leader
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   |Years leadership 2 = 2006-2009
 
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   |Base salary = $49,000/year
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   |Base salary = $174,000/year
 
   |Per diem =  
 
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   |Pension =  
 
   |Pension =  
   |Last election = [[New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2011|November 8, 2011]]
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   |Last election = November 4, 2014
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|Cost per vote 2014 = $15.35
 
   |Appointed =  
 
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   |Appointed by =  
 
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   |First elected = 1997
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   |First elected = November 4, 2014
 
   |Term limits =  
 
   |Term limits =  
   |Next election = [[New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2013|November 5, 2013]]
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   |Next election = November 8, 2016
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|Campaign $ = 4,017,352
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   |Prior office = New Jersey General Assembly District 15
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   |Prior office years = 1998-2015
 
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   |Birthday = 02/06/1945
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   |Birthday = February 6, 1945
 
   |Place of birth = Camden, NJ
 
   |Place of birth = Camden, NJ
 
   |Profession = Legislator  
 
   |Profession = Legislator  
 
   |Religion =  
 
   |Religion =  
   |Office website = http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/members/BIO.asp?Leg=180
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   |Office website = https://watsoncoleman.house.gov/
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   |Campaign website = http://bonnieforcongress.com/
 
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{{TOCnestright}}'''Bonnie Watson Coleman''' is the [[Democratic Party|Democratic]] Majority Leader of the [[New Jersey General Assembly]], representing the 15th District since 1998. She was Majority Leader from 2006-2009.
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{{TOCnestright}}'''Bonnie Watson Coleman''' (b. February 6, 1945) is a [[Democratic]] member of the [[United States House of Representatives|U.S. House of Representatives]], representing [[New Jersey]]'s [[New Jersey's 12th Congressional District|12th Congressional District]]. Coleman was first elected to the House in [[New Jersey's 12th Congressional District elections, 2014|2014]] and is currently serving her first term.
  
Prior to her election to the Assembly, she served as assistant commissioner on the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs in 1992 and bureau chief in 1980.  From 1974-1980 she was the director of the New Jersey Department of Transportation. <ref>[http://www.votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=24799 Project Vote Smart - Assemblywoman Coleman]</ref>
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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.<ref name=results>[http://www.politico.com/2014-election/results/map/house/new-jersey/#.VFw-7PTF-Pc ''Politico'', "2014 New Jersey House Election Results," accessed November 7, 2014]</ref>
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Coleman was previously a [[Democratic Party|Democratic]] member of the [[New Jersey General Assembly]], representing [[New Jersey General Assembly District 15| District 15]].  She was first elected to the chamber in 1997.  In the 2014 legislative session, Coleman served as [[State Assembly Majority Conference Leader|Majority Conference Leader]]. She previously served as Majority Leader from 2006 to 2009.
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==Biography==
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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.<ref>[http://www.votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=24799 ''Project Vote Smart'', "Biography," accessed April 10, 2014]</ref>
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==Career==
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Below is an abbreviated outline of Coleman's academic, professional and political career:<ref>[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=W000822 ''Biographical Directory of the United States Congress'', "Bonnie Watson Coleman," accessed January 28, 2015]</ref>
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*2015-Present: U.S. Representative from [[New Jersey's 12th Congressional District]]
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*2006-2009: New Jersey State Assembly Majority Leader
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*2002-2006: Member, New Jersey State Democratic Committee
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*1988-2014: New Jersey State Assembly, [[New Jersey General Assembly District 15| District 15]]
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*1985: Graduated from Thomas Edison State College with a B.A.
  
 
==Committee assignments==
 
==Committee assignments==
===2010-2012===
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===U.S. House===
* [[Commerce and Economic Development Committee, New Jersey General Assembly|Commerce and Economic Development]]
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====2015-2016====
* [[Education Committee, New Jersey General Assembly|Education]]
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Watson Coleman serves on the following committees:<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/committee_info/oal.aspx ''U.S. House of Representatives, Office of the Clerk'', "Committee Information," accessed February 20, 2015]</ref>
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*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security|Homeland Security Committee]]
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**[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security#Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications|Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications]]
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**[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security#Oversight, Investigations, and Management|Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations, and Management]], ''Ranking Member''
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*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform|Oversight and Government Reform Committee]]
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**[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform#Health Care, Benefits, and Administrative Rules|Subcommittee on Health Care, Benefits, and Administrative Rules]]
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**[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform#Transportation and Public Assets|Subcommittee on Transportation and Public Assets]]
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===New Jersey General Assembly===
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====2014-2015====
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At the beginning of the 2014 legislative session, Watson Coleman served on the following committees:
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{{Committee Assignments
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|State = New Jersey
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|year = 2014
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|Chamber = General Assembly
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|Committee1 =Education
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|Chair1=Vice-Chair
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|Committee2 = New Jersey Legislative Select Committee on Investigation
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|Joint2=Yes
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====2010-2012====
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In the 2010-2012 legislative session, Watson Coleman served on the following committees:
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{{Committee Assignments
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|State = New Jersey
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|Collapse=Yes
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|year = 2010
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|Chamber = General Assembly
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|Committee1 =Commerce and Economic Development
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|Chair1=
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|Committee2 = Education
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|Chair2=
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|Committee3 =
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|Chair3=
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}}
  
 
==Issues==
 
==Issues==
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===On The Issues Vote Match===
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[[File:S050_020.gif|right|290px|thumb|Bonnie Watson Coleman's Vote Match results from ''On The Issues''.]]
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:: ''See also: [[On The Issues Vote Match]]''
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''On The Issues'' conducts a [http://www.ontheissues.org/Quiz/Quiz2014.asp?quiz=Pres2016 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 quiz, Coleman is a '''Liberal Populist'''. Coleman received a score of 53 percent on social issues and 20 percent on economic issues.<ref name="ontheissues"/>
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{{Ontheissues vote quiz|Name=Coleman|Date=April 19, 2015|Ref=<ref name="ontheissues">[http://House.OnTheIssues.org/NJ/ ''On The Issues'', "Bonnie Watson Coleman Vote Match," accessed April 19, 2015]</ref>
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|Abortion= Strongly Favors
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|Hiring= Strongly Favors
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|Marriage= Strongly Favors
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|God= Strongly Favors
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|ObamaCare= Strongly Favors
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|Social Security= Unknown
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|School Choice= Strongly Opposes
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|Animals= Strongly Opposes
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|Crime= Opposes
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|Guns= Strongly Opposes
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|Taxes= Unknown
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|Citizenship= Unknown
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|Free Trade= Unknown
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|United Nations= Unknown
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|Military= Unknown
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|Campaign Funds= Strongly Favors
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|Iran= Unknown
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|Energy= Strongly Favors
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|Marijuana= Strongly Opposes
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|Stimulus= Strongly Favors
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}}
 
===Sponsored legislation===                           
 
===Sponsored legislation===                           
 
*A375 Raises age requirement of compulsory school attendance from 16 to 18 years old.
 
*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.
 
*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.  
 
*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.<ref>[http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/bills/BillsBySponsor.asp New Jersey Legislature - Bills by Sponsor]</ref>
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*A1774 Raises minimum wage to $8.25, then makes annual adjustments based on CPI increases.<ref>[https://web.archive.org/web/2/http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/bills/BillsBySponsor.asp ''New Jersey State Legislature,'' "Bills Sponsored by Senators and Representatives," accessed April 10, 2014]</ref>
  
 
===National Political Awareness Test===
 
===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,  
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Coleman's answers to the New Jersey State Legislative Election 2005 National Political Awareness Test are available.  When asked her top priorities, she stated:<ref>[http://www.votesmart.org/npat.php?can_id=24799 ''Project Vote Smart'', "Assemblyman Watson Coleman-Issue Positions," accessed April 10, 2014]</ref>
<blockquote>
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{{quote|
 
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.
 
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.<ref>[http://www.votesmart.org/npat.php?can_id=24799 Project Vote Smart - Assemblywoman Coleman ''Issue Positions'']</ref></blockquote>
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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.
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==Elections==
 
==Elections==
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===2014===
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:: ''See also: [[New Jersey's 12th Congressional District elections, 2014]]''
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Coleman won election in [[U.S. Congress elections, 2014|2014]] to the [[U.S. House elections, 2014|U.S. House]] to represent [[United States House of Representatives elections in New Jersey, 2014|New Jersey's]] [[New Jersey's 12th Congressional District elections, 2014|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.<ref name=results>[http://www.politico.com/2014-election/results/map/house/new-jersey/#.VFw-7PTF-Pc ''Politico'', "2014 New Jersey House Election Results," accessed November 7, 2014]</ref> {{Nov2014genelection}}
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====Media====
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{{youtube|title=Yx0H6-5oJn4|size=250|caption=Bonnie Watson Coleman 2014 campaign ad<ref>[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yx0H6-5oJn4 ''YouTube'', "Bonnie Watson Coleman For Congress: Every Step Ad," accessed June 2, 2014]</ref>}}
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===2013===
 
===2013===
 
:: ''See also: [[New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2013]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2013]]''
  
Coleman {{2013isrunning}} in the [[State legislative elections, 2013|2013 election]] for [[New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2013|New Jersey General Assembly]] District 15. Coleman is bracketed with [[Reed Gusciora]]. She was unopposed in the June 4 Democratic primary. She is challenged by [[Kim Taylor]] (R) and [[Anthony Giordano]] (R) in the general election which takes place on November 5, 2013.<ref>[http://co.hunterdon.nj.us/countyclerk/election/unofficial%20june%202013%20primary.htm ''Hunterdon County Unofficial Primary Results,'' June 4, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://nj.gov/counties/mercer/officials/clerk/news/06042013ElectionResult.htm ''Mercer County Unofficial Primary Results,'' June 4, 2013]</ref>
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Coleman won re-election in the [[State legislative elections, 2013|2013 election]] for [[New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2013|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.<ref>[http://nj.gov/state/elections/2013-results/2013-official-primary-results-general-assembly.pdf ''New Jersey Department of Elections'', "Official Primary Election Results," accessed July 26, 2013]</ref><ref name=gencand>[http://www.state.nj.us/state/elections/2013-results/2013-official-general-candidates-general-assembly-0912b.pdf ''New Jersey Department of State,'' "Official 2013 General Assembly general election candidates," accessed April 10, 2014]</ref><ref>[http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/elections/2013/by_state/NJ_Page_1105.html?SITE=AP&SECTION=POLITICS ''Associated Press'', "New Jersey - Summary Vote Results," November 6, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://nj.gov/state/elections/2013-results/2013-official-general-election-results-general-assembly.pdf ''New Jersey Department of State,'' "2013 Official General Election results," accessed December 9, 2013]</ref>
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|Chamber= New Jersey General Assembly, District 15 General Election
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|winner1=Bonnie Watson Coleman
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|winner2= Reed Gusciora
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|Inc1=Y
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|Inc2=Y
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|votes1 = 29109
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|votes2 = 28848
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|candidate3 = Anthony Giordano
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|candidate4= Kim Taylor
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|votes3=17429
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===2011===
 
===2011===
 
:: ''See also: [[New Jersey General Assembly elections, 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.<ref>[http://www.state.nj.us/state/elections/election-results/official-2011-primary-candidates-gen-assembly-050411.pdf ''New Jersey Department of State,'' 2011 Official General Assembly Primary Candidate List]</ref>
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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.<ref>[http://www.state.nj.us/state/elections/2011-results/2011-official-primary-candidates-gen-assembly-050411.pdf ''New Jersey Department of State,'' "2011 Official General Assembly Primary Candidate List," accessed April 10, 2014]</ref>
  
 
{{Election box 2011
 
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===2009===
 
===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]].<ref>[http://elections.nj.com/dynamic/files/elections/2009/by_state/NJ_State_Assembly_1103.html?SITE=NJNEWELN&SECTION=POLITICS ''Star Ledger'' 2009 Election Results, November 4, 2009]</ref><ref>[http://www.state.nj.us/state/elections/2009results/09general/official-gen-elect-gen-assembly-tallies-120109.pdf Official New Jersey Assembly General Election Results]</ref>
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:: ''See also: [[New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2009]]''
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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]].<ref>[http://elections.nj.com/dynamic/files/elections/2009/by_state/NJ_State_Assembly_1103.html?SITE=NJNEWELN&SECTION=POLITICS ''Associated Press,'' "General Election Results, November 4, 2009," accessed April 10, 2014]</ref>
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<ref>[http://www.state.nj.us/state/elections/election-results/2009-official-gen-elect-gen-assembly-tallies-120109.pdf ''New Jersey Department of State,'' "Official 2009 New Jersey Assembly General Election Results," accessed April 10, 2014]</ref>
  
 
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==Campaign donors==
 
==Campaign donors==
===2011===
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===Comprehensive donor history===
In 2011, Coleman received $500,706 in campaign donations.  The top contributors are listed below.<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/state_candidates.phtml?s=NJ&y=2011&f=H Follow the Money - 2011 contributions]</ref>
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{{Comprehensive donor history
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|Name = Bonnie Watson Coleman
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|Full name = Bonnie Watson Coleman
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|year = 1997
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|Editdate = April 16, 2015
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|link =<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/uniquecandidate.phtml?uc=12799 ''Followthemoney.org'', "Coleman, Bonnie Watson," accessed April 16, 2015]</ref>
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|party = Democratic
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|totalraised2014=1395927
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|result2014=Won
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|office2014=U.S. House (New Jersey, [[New Jersey's 12th Congressional District{{!}}District 12]])
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|totalraised2011 = 500706
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|result2011 = Won
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|office2011 = [[New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2011|New Jersey General Assembly, District 15]]
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|totalraised2009 = 802529
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|result2009 = Won
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|office2009 = [[New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2009|New Jersey General Assembly, District 15]]
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|totalraised2007 = 468827
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|result2007 = Won
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|office2007 = [[New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2007|New Jersey General Assembly, District 15]]
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|totalraised2005 = 344311
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|result2005 = Won
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|office2005 = [[New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2005|New Jersey General Assembly, District 15]]
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|totalraised2003 = 192697
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|result2003 = Won
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|office2003 = [[New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2003|New Jersey General Assembly, District 15]]
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|totalraised2001 = 139743
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|result2001 = Won
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|office2001 = [[New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2001|New Jersey General Assembly, District 15]]
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|totalraised1999 = 64458
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|result1999 = Won
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|office1999 = [[New Jersey General Assembly|New Jersey General Assembly, District 15]]
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|totalraised1997 = 108154
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|result1997 = Won
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|office1997 = [[New Jersey General Assembly|New Jersey General Assembly, District 15]]
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{{slp donor box 2011
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===2014===
|Chamber = New Jersey General Assembly
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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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00036158&cycle=2014 ''Open Secrets'', "Bonnie Watson Coleman 2014 Election Cycle," accessed April 9, 2015]</ref> This is less than the average $1.45 million spent by House winners in 2014.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/overview/bigspenders.php?cycle=2014&display=A&Memb=H&sort=O ''Open Secrets'', "Winning vs. Spending," accessed April 9, 2015]</ref>
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====Cost per vote====
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Coleman spent $15.35 per general election vote received in 2014.
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{{Congress donor box 2014
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|winner = Y
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|Chamber = U.S. House, New Jersey District 12
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|party = Democratic
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|total raised = $1,395,927
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|total spent = $1,388,282
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|opponent raised = $223,878
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|opponent spent = $223,878
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|org1 = Ross, Feller & Casey
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|org2 = NRG Energy
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|org3 = County of Mercer
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|org4 = AmeriPAC: The Fund for a Greater America
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|org5 = BRIDGE PAC
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|orgdonor1 = $15,600
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|orgdonor2 = $15,500
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|orgdonor3 = $10,900
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|orgdonor4 = $10,000
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|orgdonor5 = $10,000
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|ind1 = Lawyers/Law Firms
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|ind2 = Retired
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|ind3 = Leadership PACs
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|ind4 = Building Trade Unions
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|ind5 = Health Professionals
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|inddonor1 = $104,671
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|inddonor2 = $77,960
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|inddonor3 = $66,000
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|inddonor4 = $48,600
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|inddonor5 = $47,851
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|}}
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{{Collapsible donor graphic|Content=[[File:Bonnie Coleman 2014 Donors.JPG|left|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Coleman's campaign funds before the 2014 election.]]}}
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{{Bonnie Watson Coleman 2014 FEC}}
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===2011===
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{{SLP donor box 2011
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|name = Bonnie Watson Coleman
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|full Name = Bonnie Watson Coleman
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|reference = http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=133754
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|office= New Jersey General Assembly
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|new = no
 
|party = Democratic
 
|party = Democratic
 
|total raised = 500706
 
|total raised = 500706
|total votes = 20505
 
 
|org1 = Afscme
 
|org1 = Afscme
 
|org2 = New Jersey Education Association
 
|org2 = New Jersey Education Association
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|org4 = 1199 Seiu United Healthcare Workers East
 
|org4 = 1199 Seiu United Healthcare Workers East
 
|org5 = Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 9
 
|org5 = Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 9
|orgdonor1 = 15,700
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|orgamount1 = 15,700
|orgdonor2 = 13,200
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|orgamount2 = 13,200
|orgdonor3 = 8,200
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|orgamount3 = 8,200
|orgdonor4 = 8,200
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|orgamount4 = 8,200
|orgdonor5 = 7,000
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|orgamount5 = 7,000
 
|}}
 
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===2009===
 
===2009===
Below are Coleman's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2009 election:<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=113352 Follow the Money - 2009 Campaign contributions]</ref>
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{{SLP donor box 2009
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|office= New Jersey General Assembly
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|new = no
|Add Funds Transferred From Prior Campaign
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|party = Democratic
|$268,020
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|total raised = 802529
|-
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|org1 = New Jersey Association of Realtors
|New Jersey Regional Council Of Carpenters
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|org2 = New Jersey Regional Council of Carpenters
|$16,400
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|org3 = New Jersey Education Association
|-
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|org4 = New Jersey Business & Industry Association
|New Jersey Association Of Realtors
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|org5 = New Jersey Builders Association
|$16,400
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|orgamount1 = 16,400
|-
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|orgamount2 = 16,400
|New Jersey Education Association
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|orgamount3 = 14,200
|$14,200
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|orgamount4 = 10,700
|-
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|orgamount5 = 9,000
|New Jersey Business & Industry Association
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|}}
|$10,700
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|-
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===2007===
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|name = Bonnie Watson Coleman
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|office= New Jersey General Assembly
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|new = no
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|party = Democratic
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|total raised = 468827
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|org1 = New Jersey Regional Council of Carpenters
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|org2 = New Jersey Association of Realtors
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|org3 = New Jersey Business & Industry Association
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|org4 = Naiop New Jersey Chapter
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|org5 = New Jersey Apartment Association
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|orgamount1 = 16,400
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|orgamount2 = 14,200
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|orgamount3 = 13,400
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|orgamount4 = 12,000
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|orgamount5 = 11,200
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|}}
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===2005===
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|name = Bonnie Watson Coleman
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|office= New Jersey General Assembly
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|new = no
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|party = Democratic
 +
|total raised = 344311
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|org1 = New Jersey State Laborers
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|org2 = International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
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|org3 = New Jersey Association of Realtors
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|org4 = New Jersey Regional Council of Carpenters
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|org5 = Ironworkers Local 68
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|orgamount1 = 16,400
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|orgamount2 = 10,000
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|orgamount3 = 7,750
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|orgamount4 = 7,200
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|orgamount5 = 6,750
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|}}
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===2003===
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{{SLP donor box 2003
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|name = Bonnie Watson Coleman
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|full Name = Bonnie Watson Coleman
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|office= New Jersey General Assembly
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|new = no
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|party = Democratic
 +
|total raised = 192697
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|org1 = International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
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|org2 = Election Fund of Reed Gusciora
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|org3 = Community Corrections Corp
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|org4 = Center for Health Affairs
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|org5 = Peterson, Rocky L
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|orgamount1 = 19,400
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|orgamount2 = 4,193
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|orgamount3 = 3,000
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|orgamount4 = 3,000
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|orgamount5 = 2,700
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|}}
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===2001===
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{{SLP donor box 2001
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|name = Bonnie Watson Coleman
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|full Name = Bonnie Watson Coleman
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|reference = http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=7781
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|office= New Jersey General Assembly
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|new = no
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|party = Democratic
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|total raised = 139743
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|org1 = New Jersey Democratic Party
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|org2 = First Jersey Cmte
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|org3 = Democratic National Cmte
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|org4 = New Jersey State Carpenters
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|org5 = New Jersey Education Association
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|orgamount1 = 46,000
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|orgamount2 = 7,200
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|orgamount3 = 4,593
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|orgamount4 = 4,100
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|orgamount5 = 3,600
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|}}
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===1999===
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|name = Bonnie Watson Coleman
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|full Name = Bonnie Watson Coleman
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|reference = http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=43248
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|office= New Jersey General Assembly
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|new = no
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|party = Democratic
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|total raised = 64458
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|org1 = Democratic Senatorial Campaign Cmte
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|org2 = Electrical Workers Local 269
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|org3 = New Jersey Education Association
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|org4 = New Jersey State Carpenters Local 31
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|org5 = New Jersey Association of Realtors
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|orgamount1 = 10,600
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|orgamount2 = 6,900
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|orgamount3 = 4,250
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|orgamount4 = 2,500
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|orgamount5 = 2,500
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|}}
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===1997===
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|name = Bonnie Watson Coleman
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|full Name = Bonnie Watson Coleman
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|office= New Jersey General Assembly
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|new = yes
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|party = Democratic
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|total raised = 108154
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|org1 = New Jersey State Democratic Party
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|org2 = Doria Democratic Leadership Fund
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|org3 = Election Fund of Bob Smith
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|org4 = New Jersey Education Association
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|org5 = Democratic Congressional Campaign Cmte
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|orgamount1 = 35,392
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|orgamount2 = 11,250
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|orgamount3 = 5,000
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|orgamount4 = 3,000
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|orgamount5 = 2,500
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|}}
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==Scorecards==
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{{New Jersey legislature scorecards|Begin=2012|End=2013}}
  
 
==Endorsements==
 
==Endorsements==
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===2014===
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Coleman was endorsed by the following groups:<ref>[http://bonnieforcongress.com/ ''Bonnie Watson Coleman for Congress'', "Home," accessed April 9, 2014]</ref>
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*The New Jersey Laborers Union
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*The United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America
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*The [[Communications Workers of America]] (CWA) Local 1039
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*The [[Service Employees International Union]] (SEIU)
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===2013===
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In 2013, Coleman’s endorsements included the following:<ref>[http://www.politickernj.com/66374/afl-cio-endorses-candidates-elections ''PolitickerNJ.com'', "AFL-CIO endorses candidates for elections," accessed September 4, 2013]</ref>
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<ref>[http://ppactionnj.org/planned-parenthood-action-fund-of-new-jersey-announces-endorsements-in-state-elections/ ''Planned Parenthood NJ'', "Planned Parenthood Action Fund of New Jersey Announces Endorsements in State Elections," accessed September 5, 2013]</ref>
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:* The New Jersey [[AFL-CIO]]
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:* [[Planned Parenthood Votes|Planned Parenthood]] Action Fund of New Jersey
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===2011===
 
===2011===
Watson Coleman was endorsed by:
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In 2011, Coleman’s endorsements included the following:<ref>[https://web.archive.org/web/2/http://www.politickernj.com/files/NJ%20State%20AFL-CIO%20Endorsed%20Candidates%208-4-2011.pdf ''Politicker NJ'', "2011 AFL-CIO endorsed candidates," accessed August 5, 2011]</ref>
* [http://www.njaflcio.org/ New Jersey State AFL-CIO] <ref>[http://www.politickernj.com/files/NJ%20State%20AFL-CIO%20Endorsed%20Candidates%208-4-2011.pdf ''Politicker NJ,'' 2011 AFL-CIO endorsed candidates, accessed Aug. 5, 2011]</ref>
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:* [http://www.njaflcio.org/ New Jersey State AFL-CIO]
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==Personal==
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Coleman and her husband, William, have three children.
  
 
==Recent news==
 
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==See also==
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*[[New Jersey General Assembly]]
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*[[New Jersey General Assembly#Standing committees|General Assembly Committees]]
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*[[New Jersey State Legislature]]
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*[[New Jersey State Legislature#Joint Legislative Committees|Joint Committees]]
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*[[New Jersey state legislative districts]]
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*[[United States House of Representatives]]
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*[[New Jersey's 12th Congressional District elections, 2014]]
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*[[New Jersey's 12th Congressional District]]
  
==Additional reading==
 
*[http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/11/1010/2248/ ''NJSpotlight,'' "Legislative District 15," October 11, 2011]
 
 
==External links==
 
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*[http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/members/BIO.asp?Leg=180 New Jersey General Assembly - Hon. Bonnie Watson Coleman]  
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*[https://watsoncoleman.house.gov/ Official U.S. House website]
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*[http://openstates.org/nj/legislators/NJL000046/bonnie-watson-coleman/ Profile from Open States]
 
*[http://www.votesmart.org/summary.php?can_id=24799 Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart]
 
*[http://www.votesmart.org/summary.php?can_id=24799 Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart]
 
*[http://www.votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=24799 Biography from Project Vote Smart]
 
*[http://www.votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=24799 Biography from Project Vote Smart]
*[http://www.assemblydems.com/memberindex.asp?RosterKey=180 NJ Assembly Dems - Coleman profile]
 
 
*[http://www.statesurge.com/members/208216-bonnie-watson-coleman-new-jersey State Surge - Legislative and voting track record]
 
*[http://www.statesurge.com/members/208216-bonnie-watson-coleman-new-jersey State Surge - Legislative and voting track record]
*Campaign Contributions: [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=133754 2011], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=113352 2009], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=95706 2007], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=77522 2005], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=43248 1999], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=59931 1997]
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*Campaign Contributions: [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=133754 2011], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=113352 2009], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=95706 2007], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=77522 2005], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=7897 2003], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=7781 2001], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=43248 1999], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=59931 1997]
 
*[http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000317037745 Bonnie Watson Coleman on Facebook]
 
*[http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000317037745 Bonnie Watson Coleman on Facebook]
 
*[http://twitter.com/#!/@bwatsoncoleman Bonnie Watson Coleman on Twitter]
 
*[http://twitter.com/#!/@bwatsoncoleman Bonnie Watson Coleman on Twitter]
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*[http://bonnieforcongress.com/ 2014 campaign website]
  
 
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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:

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 quiz, Coleman is a Liberal Populist. Coleman received a score of 53 percent on social issues and 20 percent on economic issues.[5]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[6]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Favors
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Favors Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Favors
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Strongly Favors
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Opposes Human needs over animal rights Strongly Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Unknown Stricter punishment reduces crime Opposes
Support & expand free trade Unknown Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Unknown
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Unknown
Prioritize green energy Strongly Favors Expand the military Unknown
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Favors Stay out of Iran Unknown
Privatize Social Security Unknown Never legalize marijuana Strongly Opposes
Note: Information last updated: April 19, 2015.[5] If you notice the rating has changed, email us.

  • 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.[7]

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:[8]

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. [9]

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[10]

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.[11][12][13][14]

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.[15]

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.[16] [17]

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.[18]

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.[19] This is less than the average $1.45 million spent by House winners in 2014.[20]

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.[21]

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

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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.

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Endorsements

2014

Coleman was endorsed by the following groups:[23]

2013

In 2013, Coleman’s endorsements included the following:[24] [25]

2011

In 2011, Coleman’s endorsements included the following:[26]

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. 5.0 5.1 On The Issues, "Bonnie Watson Coleman Vote Match," accessed April 19, 2015
  6. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers.
  7. New Jersey State Legislature, "Bills Sponsored by Senators and Representatives," accessed April 10, 2014
  8. Project Vote Smart, "Assemblyman Watson Coleman-Issue Positions," accessed April 10, 2014
  9. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  10. YouTube, "Bonnie Watson Coleman For Congress: Every Step Ad," accessed June 2, 2014
  11. New Jersey Department of Elections, "Official Primary Election Results," accessed July 26, 2013
  12. New Jersey Department of State, "Official 2013 General Assembly general election candidates," accessed April 10, 2014
  13. Associated Press, "New Jersey - Summary Vote Results," November 6, 2013
  14. New Jersey Department of State, "2013 Official General Election results," accessed December 9, 2013
  15. New Jersey Department of State, "2011 Official General Assembly Primary Candidate List," accessed April 10, 2014
  16. Associated Press, "General Election Results, November 4, 2009," accessed April 10, 2014
  17. New Jersey Department of State, "Official 2009 New Jersey Assembly General Election Results," accessed April 10, 2014
  18. Followthemoney.org, "Coleman, Bonnie Watson," accessed April 16, 2015
  19. Open Secrets, "Bonnie Watson Coleman 2014 Election Cycle," accessed April 9, 2015
  20. Open Secrets, "Winning vs. Spending," accessed April 9, 2015
  21. Federal Election Commission, "Bonnie Watson Coleman Summary Report," accessed April 30, 2014
  22. Federal Election Commission, "Bonnie Watson Coleman April Quarterly," accessed April 30, 2014
  23. Bonnie Watson Coleman for Congress, "Home," accessed April 9, 2014
  24. PolitickerNJ.com, "AFL-CIO endorses candidates for elections," accessed September 4, 2013
  25. Planned Parenthood NJ, "Planned Parenthood Action Fund of New Jersey Announces Endorsements in State Elections," accessed September 5, 2013
  26. 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)