Teresa Ruiz

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Teresa Ruiz
Theresa Ruiz.jpg
New Jersey State Senate District 29
In office
Term ends
January 10, 2014
Years in position 7
Assistant Majority Leader, New Jersey State Senate
Base salary$49,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First electedNovember 6, 2007
Next generalNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sDrew University
Date of birthJune 28, 1974
Place of birthNewark, NJ
Office website
Teresa Ruiz is a Democratic member of the New Jersey Senate, representing District 29. She was first elected to the chamber in 2007. She currently serves as Assistant Majority Leader. Bills that have been sponsored by Senator Ruiz include Senate Bill 1 and Senate Bill 16.[1]


Ruiz graduated with a B.A. in English from Drew University.[2] She has been a preschool teacher and a Deputy Chief of Staff for Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr.[3]

Committee assignments


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



See also: New Jersey State Senate elections, 2013

Ruiz ran in the 2013 election for New Jersey State Senate District 29. Ruiz was unopposed in the June 4 Democratic primary and is challenged by Raafat Barsoom (R) in the general election which takes place on November 5, 2013.[4]


See also: New Jersey State Senate elections, 2011

Ruiz won re-election to the District 29 State Senate seat in 2011. She ran unopposed for the June 7 Democratic primary election. Ruiz defeated Aracelis Sanabria Tejada (R) and Laurie Taylor (I) in the general election which took place on November 8, 2011. [5]

New Jersey State Senate District 29 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTeresa Ruiz Incumbent 82.2% 9,076
     Republican Aracelis Sanabria Tejada 14.5% 1,598
     Independent Laurie Taylor 3.3% 363
Total Votes 11,037


In 2007, Ruiz was elected to the New Jersey State Senate District 29. Ruiz (D) finished with 10,816 votes and was followed by Luis Quintana with 3,687 votes, William Payne (I) with 3,653 votes, Al-Samar Douglas (R) with 547 votes, and Dick Hester with 123 votes. Ruiz raised $284,879 for his campaign fund. [6]

New Jersey Senate 2007 General Election, District 29 (2007)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Teresa Ruiz (D) 10,816
Luis Quintana (Other) 3,687
William Payne (I) 3,653
Al-Samar Douglas (R) 547
Dick Hester (Pro-Life Conservative Veteran) 123
Sara Lobman (Socialist Workers) 96

Campaign donors


In 2011, Ruiz received $40,962 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[7]

New Jersey State Senate 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Teresa Ruiz's campaign in 2011
New Jersey Regional Council Of Carpenters$8,200
Fournier, Jennifer$2,600
Dunn, Thomas F$2,600
Fournier, Alan$2,600
Dunn, Susan K$2,600
Total Raised in 2011 $40,962
Total Votes received in 2011 9,076
Cost of each vote received $4.51


In 2007, Ruiz collected $284,879 in donations.[8]

Listed below are the five largest contributors to her campaign.

Donor Amount
Senate Democratic Majority of New Jersey $70,000
Election Fund of Joseph Vitale $8,200
New Jersey Regional Council of Carpenters $8,200
Election Fund of Paul Sarlo $8,200
Heavy & General Construction Laborers Local 472 $7,200

District 29

Ruiz represents New Jersey Senate District 29, which includes the township of Hillside, New Jersey.[9]


Ruiz and her husband, Samuel, reside in Newark, New Jersey.

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