Donald Norcross

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Donald Norcross
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New Jersey State Senate District 5
In office
January 19, 2010-Present
Term ends
January 10, 2012
Years in position 5
Base salary$49,000/year
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 8, 2011
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
New Jersey State Assembly
AssociatesCamden County College
Date of birthDecember, 1958
Place of birthCamden, NJ
ProfessionAssistant Business Manager
Office website
Donald Norcross is a Democratic member of the New Jersey Senate, representing District 5 since being sworn in January 19, 2010. He was elected to the New Jersey General Assembly in November 2009, and represented District 5 for only one week before being chosen to fill the Senate seat vacated by Dana Redd.[1]

Norcross is an electrician by trade. He began his career as an electrical apprentice, and rose through the ranks of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers to become the assistant business manager of Local 251, a position he still holds. He is also a member of the Camden County United Way, and President of the Southern New Jersey AFL-CIO since 1995.[2]

Committee assignments


In the 2010-2011 legislative session, Norcross has been appointed to these committees:


Campaign themes

In an interview with the Gloucester County Times, Norcross listed his top priorities:

  • "Creating jobs, improving affordability and education will remain my priorities in the next term. The most important issue right now is the slumping economy. That’s why I’ve advocated for numerous measures to make it easier for companies to do business here, so they can grow and create new jobs. In the Senate we’ve passed legislation to provide tax credits for businesses to expand and to create job training programs in high-paying industries like renewable energy. In this economy we must also protect residents from further increases in expenses, especially seniors on a fixed income. That’s why I supported public employee pension and benefit reforms to reduce local expenses, and why I fought to properly fund the senior property tax freeze program. We were also successful in boosting aid for schools this year. Though still not enough, the aid will help provide students the resources they need for a quality education." [3]

     (For responses from all the candidates, see the full story here.)



See also: New Jersey State Senate elections, 2011

Norcross won re-election to the District 5 Senate seat in the 2011 election. He was unopposed in the June 7 Democratic primary election. Norcross defeated Keith Walker (R) in the general election which took place on November 8, 2011. [4]

New Jersey State Senate District 5 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDonald Norcross Incumbent 56.8% 17,712
     Republican Keith Walker 43.2% 13,444
Total Votes 31,156


In the November 2009 General Election, Norcross was bracketed with Angel Fuentes to represent District 5 in the New Jersey General Assembly. He received 23,201 votes (30%), defeating Brian Kluchnick and Stephanie Velez-Gentry.[5][6]

New Jersey Assembly General Election, Fifth Legislative District (2009)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Donald W. Norcross (D) 25,384
Green check mark transparent.png Angel Fuentes (D) 25,188
Brian Kluchnick (R) 15,812
Stepfanie Velez-Gentry (R) 15,748

Campaign donors

Below are Norcross's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2009 election:[7]

Contributor 2009 total
NJ State Assoc of Pipe Trades $8,200
BAC Administrative District Council of NJ $8,200
Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 322 $8,200
Southern NJ Labor Advocacy Fund $5,000
Cozen & O'Connor $5,000


Labor unions

On August 4, the New Jersey AFL-CIO denied 22 Democrats, among them most notably senators Stephen Sweeney and Donald Norcross, of their much needed endorsement for this year's election. Earlier this year, Democrats including Sweeney and Norcross defected and voted in favor of stripping public employees of their bargaining power concerning health benefits and pensions, a mis-step in light of the labor union endorsements.[8]

Although their endorsements were voted down, Sweeney and Norcross just barely missed the mark. A two-thirds vote of the endorsement convention is needed to bestow an official endorsement. Sweeney and Norcross fell short with 61% and 59%, respectively.[8]

Four Assembly Democrats (also union officials) who voted against the revocation of bargaining rights received enthusiastic endorsements--Thomas Giblin, Wayne DeAngelo, Joseph Egan and Nelson Albano all received endorsements on August 4. No Republicans were endorsed by the AFL-CIO.[8]


Norcross and his wife live in Camden, New Jersey. He has three children and two grandchildren.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Dana Redd
New Jersey Senate District 5
Jan. 19, 2010-present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Nilsa Cruz-Perez
New Jersey Assembly District 5
Jan. 12, 2010-Jan. 19, 2010
Succeeded by
Gilbert Wilson