Sheila Oliver

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Sheila Oliver
New Jersey General Assembly District 34
In office
2004 - Present
Term ends
January 2012
Years in position 11
Assembly Speaker, New Jersey State Assembly
2010 - present
Base salary$49,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 3, 2009
First elected2003
Next generalNovember 8, 2011
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sLincoln University
Master'sColumbia University, 1976
Date of birth07/14/1952
Place of birthNewark, NJ
ProfessionAdministrator, Essex County
Office website
Sheila Oliver is a Democratic member of the New Jersey General Assembly, representing District 34 since 2004. She is currently Assembly Speaker, and previously served as Deputy Speaker Pro Tempore 2008-2009.

Prior to her election to the Assembly, Oliver served as assistant county administrator for the County of Essex from 2000-2003. She also served as a member of the East Orange Board of Education from 1994-2000, serving as its president from 1999-2000.[1]

Committee assignments




See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2011

Oliver won re-election in 2011. She and incumbent Thomas Giblin ran unopposed in the Democratic Primary on June 7. They then defeated Steve Farrell, Joan Salensky, Clenard Childress, and David Taylor in the November 8 general election as well.[2]

New Jersey General Assembly District 34 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngThomas Giblin Incumbent 39.1% 16,285
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSheila Oliver Incumbent 37.1% 15,462
     Republican Steve Farrell 10.2% 4,270
     Republican Joan Salensky 10.2% 4,251
     Independent Clenard Childress 2% 813
     Independent David Taylor 1.4% 586
Total Votes 41,667


Oliver successfully won re-election in the November 3, 2009 general election. She was bracketed with Thomas Giblin and faced Republican challengers Michael Mecca, III and Matthew Tyhala, and A Better Tomorrow challengers Clenard Childress, Jr. and David Taylor, Jr..[3][4]

New Jersey Assembly General Election, Thirty-Fourth Legislative District (2009)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Sheila Y. Oliver (D) 30,379
Green check mark transparent.png Thomas P. Giblin (D) 29,695
Michael G. Mecca, III (R) 12,867
Matthew Tyahla (R) 11,889

Campaign donors


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

Contributor 2009 total
Seiu Healthcare Local 1199Nj $8,200
Communications Workers $8,200
Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers Administrative District Council Of New Jersey $7,200
New Jersey Regional Council Of Carpenters $6,000
Communications Workers Local 1040 $5,500


National Political Awareness Test

Oliver's answers to the New Jersey State Legislative Election 2003 National Political Awareness Test are available. The test provides voters with a candidate's views on a number of major issues. When asked her top priorities, she answered, "Urban Development/Community Development," and "Employment Opportunity."[6]

  • A1176 Appropriates $2 million to DHS for grants to Regional Child Abuse Treatment Centers.
  • A1551 Establishes the "Healthy Workplace Act."
  • A2359 Requires contractors to provide Department of the Treasury with employment information about contracts with public bodies.
  • A3282 Directs Chief Technology Officer in the Office of Information Technology to study and report potential benefits of expanding the use of electronic transactions, including the use of electronic signature and electronic record by the State. [7]

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