Donald Norcross

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Donald Norcross
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New Jersey State Senate District 5
Incumbent
In office
January 19, 2010-Present
Term ends
January 10, 2014
Years in position 4
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$49,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
Next generalNovember 5, 2013
Appointed2010
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
New Jersey State Assembly
2010
Education
Associate'sCamden County College
Personal
BirthdayDecember, 1958
Place of birthCamden, NJ
ProfessionAssistant Business Manager
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Donald Norcross (b. 1958) is a Democratic member of the New Jersey Senate, representing District 5. He was first appointed to the chamber on January 19, 2010, after only representing District 5 of the General Assembly for one week before being chosen to fill the Senate seat vacated by Dana Redd.[1] Norcross is currently an Assistant Majority Leader. He currently serves as the chair of the Law and Public Safety Committee.

Biography

Norcross attended Camden County College. His professional experience includes working as an electrical apprentice and as the assistant business manager of Local 251 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. [2]

Committee assignments

2012-2013

In the 2012-2013 legislative session, Norcross served on these committees:

2010-2011

In the 2010-2011 legislative session, Norcross served on these committees:

Issues

Campaign themes

2013

On their shared campaign website, Norcross, Gilbert Wilson and Angel Fuentes list five major themes of their campaign:[3]

  • Relieving the tax burden on property owners.
  • Cutting wasteful government spending.
  • Consolidating government functions through shared services among municipalities, counties and schools boards.
  • Adopting reforms that reduce the costs to taxpayers for public employee benefits, including pensions and health care.
  • Providing quality public schools, in part by forcing tax money to go toward classrooms and school facilities – not toward excessive salaries and perks for administrators.

2011

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." [4]

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

Elections

2013

See also: New Jersey State Senate elections, 2013

Norcross won re-election in the 2013 election for New Jersey State Senate District 5. Norcross was unopposed in the June 4 Democratic primary and defeated Keith Walker (R) in the general election on November 5, 2013.[5] [6]

2011

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. [7]

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

2009

See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2009

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.[8][9]

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

Comprehensive donor information for Norcross is available dating back to 2009. Based on available campaign finance records, Norcross raised a total of $1,405,093 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 12, 2013.[10]

Donald Norcross's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2011 New Jersey State Senate, District 5 Won $1,021,818
2009 New Jersey General Assembly, District 5 Won $383,275
Grand Total Raised $1,405,093

2011

Norcross won election to the New Jersey State Senate in 2011. During that election cycle, Norcross raised a total of $1,021,818.

2009

Norcross won election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2009. During that election cycle, Norcross raised a total of $383,275.

Endorsements

2013

In 2013, Norcross’s endorsements also include the following: [11][12]

  • The New Jersey AFL-CIO
  • The New Jersey Building and Construction Trades Council

Labor unions

On June 7, the New Jersey Building and Construction Trades Council announced its endorsement of 26 Democrats and seven Republican candidates running in the 2013 general election. The trades council's endorsement placed special emphasis on the re-election of the "Building Trades Seven." The group -- composed of legislators who are also members of New Jersey union building trades -- includes senators Donald Norcross, Stephen Sweeney, John Amodeo, Troy Singleton, Wayne DeAngelo, Joseph Egan and Thomas Giblin.[12]

In addition to its endorsement of the 33 Senate candidates, the trades council also endorsed 67 Assembly candidates -- 55 Democrats and 12 Republicans. [12]

2011

On August 4, 2011, 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 misstep in light of the labor union endorsements.[13]

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.[13]

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.[13]

Personal

Norcross and his wife have three children and two grandchildren. They currently reside in Camden, New Jersey.

Norcross is also a member of the Camden County United Way, and president of the Southern New Jersey AFL-CIO since 1995. [2]

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