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{{TOCnestright}}'''Peter Barnes''' is a [[Democratic Party|Democratic]] member of the [[New Jersey General Assembly]], representing District 18. He was first elected to the chamber in 2007.  He currently serves as [[State Assembly Majority Whip|Majority Whip]].
{{TOCnestright}}'''Peter J. Barnes, III''' is a [[Democratic Party|Democratic]] member of the [[New Jersey General Assembly]], representing District 18. He was first elected to the chamber in 2007.  He currently serves as [[State Assembly Majority Whip|Majority Whip]].
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Peter Barnes, III
New Jersey General Assembly District 18
In office
2007 - Present
Term ends
January 2014
Years in position 8
Base salary$49,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First elected2007
Next generalNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sGettysburg College
Master'sFarleigh Dickinson University
J.D.Widener University School of Law
Date of birth04/26/1956
ProfessionAttorney, Law Offices of Peter Barnes
Office website
Peter J. Barnes, III is a Democratic member of the New Jersey General Assembly, representing District 18. He was first elected to the chamber in 2007. He currently serves as Majority Whip.


Barnes received a B.A. in Political Science from Gettysburg College. He later received a M.B.A. from Farleigh Dickinson University and a J.D. from the Widener University School of Law. Barnes is a practicing attorney.[1] He served on the Edison Township Municipal Council from 1996-2007.

Committee assignments




Barnes ran in the 2013 election for New Jersey State Senate District 18. Barnes was unopposed in the June 4 Democratic primary and is challenged by David Stahl (R) in the general election which takes place on November 5, 2013.[2]


See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2011

Barnes won re-election in 2011. Barnes and incumbent Patrick Diegnan, Jr. ran unopposed in the Democratic Primary on June 7. They then defeated Joseph Sinagra and Marcia Silva in the November 8 general election.[3]

New Jersey General Assembly District 18 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPatrick Diegnan Incumbent 28.4% 18,050
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPeter Barnes, III Incumbent 28.6% 18,166
     Republican Joseph Sinagra 22% 13,996
     Republican Marcia Silva 21% 13,333
Total Votes 63,545


Barnes won re-election in the November 3, 2009 general election. He was bracketed with Patrick Diegnan, Jr. and defeated Republican challengers Joseph Sinagra and Bob Jones, along with Defending Forgotten Taxpayers challengers Katherine Shkolar and Andrew Tidd.[4][5]

New Jersey Assembly General Election, Eighteenth Legislative District (2009)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Peter J. Barnes (D) 26,658
Green check mark transparent.png Patrick J. Diegan, Jr. (D) 26,317
Joseph Sinagra (R) 24,091
Robert Jones (R) 22,727

Campaign donors


In 2011, Barnes received $290,112 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[6]

New Jersey General Assembly 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Peter Barnes, III's campaign in 2011
Election Fund Of Barbara Buono$10,808
Democratic Assembly Campaign Cmte$9,067
Cmte To Elect Buono Diegnan Barnes$8,493
1199 Seiu United Healthcare Workers East$8,200
New Jersey State Laborers$8,200
Total Raised in 2011 $290,112
Total Votes received in 2011 18,166
Cost of each vote received $15.97


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

Contributor 2009 total
Add Funds Transferred From Prior Campaign $80,297
New Jersey Democratic Party $35,806
Democratic Assembly Campaign Committee Of New Jersey $12,758
Electrical Workers Local 456 $5,275
New Jersey Education Association $4,475

  • A2789 Creates eight additional judgeships; increases certain court fees to fund judgeships and to supplement funding for Legal Services of New Jersey
  • A2911 "New Jersey College Student and Parent Consumer Information Act"; requires each four-year public institution of higher education to provide on its website certain information regarding its costs, faculty, and graduation rates.
  • A3208 Requires the incorporation of solar panels in design and construction of new public school facilities.
  • A3621 Changes signature requirement for recall petition and when recall may be initiated.[8]



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Barnes and his wife, Katie, have three children. They currently reside in Edison, New Jersey.

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