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* [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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==District 34==
Gill represents New Jersey Senate District 34, which includes the city of Clifton, New Jersey.<ref> [http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/districts/districtnumbers.asp New Jersey Senate Districts By Number]</ref>
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Nia Gill
Nia Gill.jpg
New Jersey State Senate District 34
In office
Term ends
January 10, 2014
Years in position 13
President Pro Tempore, New Jersey State Senate
Minority Whip, New Jersey General Assembly
Base salary$49,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First elected2001
Next generalNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
New Jersey General Assembly
Bachelor'sUpsala College
J.D.Rutgers University School of Law
Date of birthMarch 15, 1948
Place of birthGlen Ridge, NJ
Office website
Nia H. Gill is a Democratic member of the New Jersey Senate, representing District 34. She was first elected to the chamber in 2001. She currently serves as President Pro Tempore.

Gill served as Minority Whip for the New Jersey General Assembly from 1996 to 2001.[1]


Gill graduated with a B.A. in History/Political History from Upsala College. She later graduated with a J.D. from the Rutgers School of Law.[2] Gill is an Attorney for her law firm, Gill & Cohen, P.C.


Campaign Themes


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

  • Championing Public Education

"When the governor decimated the school funding formula, Senator Gill stood with local districts to ensure the state’s urban and suburban schools remained fully funded. She also believes that keeping public education dollars in public schools is critical, and therefore opposes any voucher scheme that pulls resources out of neighborhood schools."

  • Early Voting

"We should be doing everything we can to make it easier—not harder—for people to vote. In today’s hectic world, nobody should be denied their right to have their voice heard because voting is inconvenient."

  • Fighting for Tougher Gun Laws

"Nia is fighting for legislation that would require mandatory instant background checks. She is sponsoring legislation that reduces the number of rounds in high capacity magazines."

  • Property Taxes

"Sen. Nia Gill believes that we must provide meaningful property tax relief. Sen. Gill has been an advocate to increase eligibility to the Senior Freeze program as well as the Homestead Rebate program."

  • Protecting the Environment

"She supported legislation to limit emissions and reduce greenhouse gasses, to require strict inspections of hazardous materials coming through our state, and preserve open space and farmland across the state."

Healthcare exchange


After Governor Chris Christie stated on February 15, 2013, that New Jersey would create a partnership healthcare exchange with the federal government but instead cede its authority on this matter to the federal government, Gill announced that she would introduce a bill which would create task force to oversee the federal exchange's work in New Jersey. She had previously been the sponsor of a bill creating a New Jersey healthcare exchange, which Christie vetoed. Disappointed with the governor's actions, Gill told reporters that "we must continue to be involved in the process" of implementing the Affordable Care Act.[4]

Women's issues


Gill emphasized her potential to be New Jersey's first black congresswoman[5] as well as the only female on the state's currently all-male congressional delegation.[6]

Senator Gill has sponsored Senate Bill 54 and Senate Bill 152, among others.[7]

Committee assignments


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



See also: New Jersey State Senate elections, 2013

Gill ran in the 2013 election for New Jersey State Senate District 34. Gill defeated Mark C. Alexander and Vernon Pullins, Jr. in the June 4 Democratic primary and is challenged by Joseph Cupoli (R) in the general election which takes place on November 5, 2013.[8][9]


See also: New Jersey's 10th congressional district elections, 2012

Gill ran for U.S. House in 2012. She lost to Donald Payne Jr. in the June 5 Democratic primary.[10][11]

New Jersey's 10th Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDonald Payne Jr. 59.6% 36,576
Ronald C. Rice 19.5% 11,939
Dennis Flynn 1.3% 779
Nia Gill 16.6% 10,207
Wayne Smith 2.2% 1,356
Cathy Wright 0.8% 501
Total Votes 61,358


See also: New Jersey State Senate elections, 2011

Gill won re-election to the District 34 State Senate seat in 2011. She ran unopposed in the June 7 Democratic primary election. Gill defeated Ralph Bartnik (R) in the general election which took place on November 8, 2011. [12]

New Jersey State Senate District 34 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngNia Gill Incumbent 79.6% 17,118
     Republican Ralph Bartnik 20.4% 4,386
Total Votes 21,504


In 2007, Gill was re-elected to the New Jersey State Senate District 34. Gill (D) ran unopposed. Gill raised $230,721 for her campaign fund. [13]

New Jersey Senate 2007 General Election, District 34 (2007)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Nia Gill (D) 17,178

Campaign donors


In 2011, Gill received $281,139 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[14]

New Jersey State Senate 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Nia Gill's campaign in 2011
New Jersey Radiology Association$10,000
New Jersey Regional Council Of Carpenters$8,200
Stephen Sweeney For Freeholder$8,200
New Jersey Association For Justice$8,000
Medical Society Of New Jersey$8,000
Total Raised in 2011 $281,139
Total Votes received in 2011 17,118
Cost of each vote received $16.42


In 2007, Gill collected $230,721 in donations.[15]

Listed below are the five largest contributors to her campaign.

Donor Amount
Garden State Pharmacy Owners $9,200
New Jersey State Laborers $9,200
Medical Society of New Jersey $8,000
Heavy & General Construction Laborers Local 472 $7,500
New Jersey Coalition of Automotive Retailers $6,000



In 2013, Gill was endorsed by the following:[16]

  • EMILY'S List
  • New Jersey Education Association
  • Essex County Democracy for America


Gill was endorsed by:

District 34

Gill represents New Jersey Senate District 34, which includes the city of Clifton, New Jersey.[18]


Gill has one child. She currently resides in Montclair, New Jersey.

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