Sheila Oliver

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Sheila Oliver
New Jersey General Assembly District 34
In office
2004 - Present
Term ends
January 2014
Years in position 11
Assembly Speaker, New Jersey State Assembly
2010 - present
Base salary$49,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First elected2003
Next generalNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sLincoln University
Master'sColumbia University, 1976
Date of birth07/14/1952
Place of birthNewark, NJ
ProfessionAdministrator, Essex County
Office website
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Sheila Oliver (b. July 14, 1952) 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]


Oliver earned her B.S. in sociology from Lincoln University and her Master of Science in community organization, planning and administration from Columbia University. Her professional experience includes working as a faculty member of several colleges and universities.Cite error: Closing </ref> missing for <ref> tag

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."[2]



See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2013

Oliver ran in the 2013 election for New Jersey General Assembly District 34. Oliver is bracketed with Thomas Giblin and defeated Rayfield Morton, Anthony Moye, Beverly K. Williams, Denise Baskerville, and Clenard H. Childress, Jr. in the June 4 Democratic primary. She is challenged by David Rios (R) and Michael Urciouli (R) in the general election which takes place on November 5, 2013.[3][4]


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.[5]

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..[6][7]

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


In 2011, Oliver received $716,146 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[8]

New Jersey General Assembly 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Sheila Oliver's campaign in 2011
New Jersey Liquor Store Alliance$12,000
Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 9$11,500
Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 322$11,000
New Jersey Bankers Association$8,500
Allied Beverage Group$8,500
Total Raised in 2011 $716,146
Total Votes received in 2011 15,462
Cost of each vote received $46.32


Below are Oliver's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2009 election:[9]

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

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