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Nellie Pou
New Jersey State Senate, District 35
In office
2012 - Present
Term ends
January 10, 2014
Years in position 3
Base salary$49,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First electedNovember 8, 2011
Next generalNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
New Jersey General Assembly District 35
1998 - 2012
Campaign website
Nellie Pou is a Democratic member of the New Jersey State Senate, representing District 35. She was first elected to the chamber in 2011.

Pou served in the New Jersey General Assembly from 1997 to 2012.


Pou studied at Kean College, Rutgers University and the University of Virginia. She served as chair for the City of Paterson Department of Human Resources from 1983 to 1997. Pou currently sits on the New Jersey Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect, as well as the Passaic County Planning and Policy Partnership Committee.[1]

Committee assignments

2010-2012 committees:


Interview with Assemblywoman Pou

  • A1209 Raises age requirement of compulsory school attendance from 16 to 18 years old.
  • A1211 Requires criminal history record background checks for public employees handling vital records.
  • A2490 Requires handgun ammunition to be encoded with serial number.
  • A3377 Establishes the "Main Street Business Assistance Program;" appropriates $50 million.[2]

Campaign Themes


Pou's campaign website listed the following issues:[3]

  • Budget & Appropriations

"Throughout her tenure in the legislator, Pou has committed herself to providing property tax relief for New Jersey families from all walks of life. In fact, during an unprecedented 2006 special session of the Legislature, Pou co-chaired one of four bicameral, bipartisan committees to address property taxes in New Jersey; sixteen of her committee's recommendations were enacted by the Legislature."

  • Economy & Jobs

"Senator Pou is committed to keeping existing businesses and jobs here in New Jersey, while simultaneously enticing new businesses and jobs to the state. When the current economic crisis unfolded in Fall 2008, Pou worked with the Legislature and Governor to help enact a statewide economic recovery plan-- the first in the nation to do so, even before the federal government began its own recovery efforts."

  • Education

"Presently, New Jersey allows students to drop out at age 16, essentially hindering these individuals' ability to become productive members of society. By advocating that children be forced to attend school until they are at least 18 years old, Senator Pou is working to ensure more students complete their education and graduate high school, putting them on secure educational footing and facilitating the very best possibility for their future success."

  • Environment

"The Senator is particularly committed to improving and expanding urban environmental health and sustainability. In 2004, Senator Pou sponsored legislation to dedicate park and open space development funding to densely populated communities, where access to open and "green" space often is limited."

  • Education

"Senator Pou has also been a consummate supporter of the Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF), which provides financial assistance to students who are capable and motivated to further their educations, but lack the necessary resources to do so. The Senator often credits the EOF as having been an instrumental support in her own life."



See also: New Jersey State Senate elections, 2013

Pou ran in the 2013 election for New Jersey State Senate District 35. Pou was unopposed in the June 4 Democratic primary and is challenged by Lynda Gallashaw (R) in the general election which takes place on November 5, 2013.[4]Cite error: Closing </ref> missing for <ref> tag

New Jersey State Senate District 35 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngNellie Pou Incumbent 74.7% 14,386
     Republican Ken Pengitore 25.3% 4,867
Total Votes 19,253


Nellie Pou successfully won re-election in the November 3, 2009 general election. She was bracketed with Elease Evans and defeated Republican challengers Lynn Anne Shortway and George Sawey.[5][6]

New Jersey Assembly General Election, Thirty-Fifth Legislative District (2009)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Nellie Pou (D) 22,148
Green check mark transparent.png Elease Evan (D) 21,637
Lynn Anne Shortway (R) 12,488
George Sawey (R) 11,993

Campaign donors


In 2011, Pou received $738,832 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[7]

New Jersey State Senate 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Nellie Pou's campaign in 2011
1199 Seiu United Healthcare Workers East$10,000
New Jersey Regional Council Of Carpenters$8,700
New Jersey Democratic Party$8,230
New Jersey State Laboreres$8,200
Service Employees Local 32BJ$6,000
Total Raised in 2011 $738,832
Total Votes received in 2011 14,386
Cost of each vote received $51.36


Below are Pou's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2009 election:[8]

Contributor 2009 total
Add Funds Transferred From Prior Campaign $173,990
Garden State Pharmacy Owners $8,500
New Jersey Association Of Realtors $8,300
Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 9 $6,500
Passaic County Education Association $5,150



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Pou currently resides in Paterson, New Jersey.

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Preceded by
John Girgenti
New Jersey State Senate District 35
Succeeded by
Preceded by
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