Nilsa Cruz-Perez

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Nilsa Cruz-Perez
Member of the New Jersey Senate from the 5th District
Assumed office
December 15, 2014
Preceded byDonald Norcross
Chariman of the New Jersey Senate Committee on Economic Growth
Assumed office
January 9, 2018 [1]
Preceded byRaymond Lesniak
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly from the 5th District
In office
February 27, 1995 – January 12, 2010
Preceded byWayne Bryant
Succeeded byAngel Fuentes
Personal details
Born (1961-01-21) January 21, 1961 (age 58)
Bayamón, Puerto Rico
Political partyDemocratic
ResidenceBarrington, New Jersey
Alma materUniversity of Puerto Rico
University of Maryland
OccupationDirector of Constituent Services, Camden County
WebsiteLegislative web page
Military service
AllegianceUnited States of America
Branch/serviceEmblem of the United States Department of the Army.svg United States Army
Years of service1981-1987
RankArmy-USA-OR-05.svg Sergeant

Nilsa Cruz-Perez (born January 21, 1961) is an American Democratic Party politician who was sworn into office to represent the 5th Legislative District in the New Jersey Senate on December 15, 2014, to fill the vacant seat of Donald Norcross. She had previously served in the New Jersey General Assembly from 1995 to 2010 and is the first Latina woman to serve in the Assembly.

Early Life[edit]

Cruz-Perez born on January 21, 1961, in Bayamón, Puerto Rico. She attended the University of Puerto Rico earning a degree in political science, Big Bend Community College Army Quartermaster School and the Temple University Overseas Division.[2] Cruz-Perez served in the United States Army from 1981 to 1987, attaining the rank of sergeant. Cruz-Perez works as a part-time community development specialist for the Camden County Improvement Authority.[2] Formerly a resident of Camden, she now resides in Barrington.[3]

New Jersey Assembly[edit]

Cruz-Perez was selected in February 1995 to fill the vacancy created by resignation of Assemblyman Wayne R. Bryant, when Bryant was selected to fill the Senate seat vacated due to the death of Senator Walter Rand on January 6, 1995.[4] She was sworn into the Assembly on February 27.[5] Serving in the Assembly until 2010, representing the 5th District for the entire time she was serving, she was the Assistant Majority Leader from 2002–2005 and Deputy Majority Leader from January 2006 to January 2010.[2] In 2009 she announced that she would retire after her current term in the legislature.[6]

Committees[edit]

  • Consumer Affairs [2]
  • Housing and Local Government
  • Human Services
  • Military and Veterans Affairs

New Jersey Senate[edit]

Following the election and swearing in of State Senator Donald Norcross to the United States House of Representatives in 2014, the Democratic committees of Camden and Gloucester counties (the two counties within the 5th district) appointed Cruz-Perez to the vacant Senate seat.[3] She will serve until a special election in 2015 in which she is running.[7] While in the Senate, she is serving on the Economic Growth, (vice-chair), Military and Veterans' Affairs, and Transportation committees and Joint Committee on the Public Schools. In addition to her legislative duties, she is also a Vice-Chair of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee (since 2015) and a member of the Rutgers University–Camden Board of Directors (since 2014).[8] Between her legislative stints, she was the Democratic Vice-Chair of the 2011 New Jersey Apportionment Commission, the committee delegated to redraw the state legislative districts following the 2010 Census.[5]

Committees[edit]

  • Economic Growth [9]
  • State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation
  • Joint Committee on Housing Affordability
  • Budget and Appropriations

Electoral History[edit]

Senate[edit]

New Jersey general election, 2017
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Nilsa Cruz-Perez [10] 29,031 66.1 Decrease 33.9
Republican Keith Walker 14,463 32.9 N/A
Challenge Promise Fix Mohammad Kabir 454 1.0 N/A
Total votes 43,948 100.0
Special election, November 4, 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Nilsa Cruz-Perez [11] 19,150 100.0 Increase 42.1
Total votes 19,150 100.0

Assembly[edit]

New Jersey general election, 2007
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Joe Roberts 17,554 32.2 Decrease 13.2
Democratic Nilsa Cruz-Perez [12] 15,978 29.3 Decrease 13.2
Republican Edward Torres 9,136 16.8 N/A
Republican Jonathan Mangel 9,070 16.6 N/A
Green Richard L. Giovanoni 1,419 2.6 Decrease 2.5
Green Mark Heacock 1,381 2.5 Decrease 2.7
Total votes 54,538 100.0
New Jersey general election, 2005
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Joe Roberts 29,893 45.4 Increase 12.9
Democratic Nilsa Cruz-Perez [13] 27,955 42.5 Increase 12.0
Green Richard L. Giovanoni 3,429 5.2 N/A
Green Mark Heacock 3,386 5.1 N/A
Libertarian Kevin Ferrizzi 1,131 1.7 N/A
Total votes 65,794 100.0
New Jersey general election, 2003
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Joe Roberts 21,608 32.5 Decrease 10.5
Democratic Nilsa Cruz-Perez [14] 20,260 30.5 Decrease 9.6
Republican Jeffrey R. Kugler 12,467 18.7 Increase 1.8
Republican Eddie Torres 12,165 18.3 N/A
Total votes 66,500 100.0
New Jersey general election, 2001
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Joe Roberts 32,224 43.0
Democratic Nilsa Cruz-Perez [15] 30,087 40.1
Republican Ella Hilton 12,659 16.9
Total votes 74,970 100.0
New Jersey general election, 1999
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Joe Roberts 18,429 43.6 Increase 0.1
Democratic Nilsa Cruz-Perez [16] 16,398 38.8 Decrease 0.6
Republican William E. Spencer 7,438 17.6 Increase 1.6
Total votes 42,265 100.0
New Jersey general election, 1997
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Joe Roberts 31,898 43.5 Increase 9.3
Democratic Nilsa Cruz-Perez [17] 28,918 39.4 Increase 7.9
Republican Joe Smiriglio 11,744 16.0 Decrease 1.6
Republican No nomination made 777 1.1 Decrease 15.5
Total votes 73,337 100.0
New Jersey general election, 1995
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Joe Roberts 20,618 34.2 Decrease 0.5
Democratic Nilsa Cruz-Perez [18] 19,006 31.5 Decrease 3.4
Republican David Brodecki 10,635 17.6 Increase 2.1
Republican Jose Delgado 10,000 16.6 Increase 1.8
Total votes 60,259 100.0

District 5[edit]

Each of the 40 districts in the New Jersey Legislature has one representative in the New Jersey Senate and two members in the New Jersey General Assembly. The other representatives from the 5th Legislative District for the 2016-2017 Legislative Session are:[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New Jersey Legislature Committees and Membership 2018-2019 Legislative Session". njleg.state.nj.us. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d Assemblywoman Cruz-Perez's legislative web page, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed November 15, 2016.
  3. ^ a b Caffrey, Michelle (December 15, 2014). "First Latina legislator in N.J. Cruz-Perez steps into new role in state Senate". South Jersey Times. Retrieved July 3, 2015.
  4. ^ Ott, Dwight (January 28, 1995). "Latino Woman Likely To Join Assembly - A First Camden's Nilsa Cruz-perez Would Replace Wayne R. Bryant. He Will Fill Walter Rand's State Senate Seat". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved July 3, 2015.
  5. ^ a b "New Jersey Apportionment Committee - Commission Membership". Retrieved July 3, 2015.
  6. ^ McCarthy, Pete. "Seat opens in 5th District", Gloucester County Times, March 18, 2009. Accessed November 15, 2016. "Assemblywoman Nilsa Cruz-Perez, the first Hispanic woman elected to the Legislature, announced she will not seek re-election after 14 years in Trenton."
  7. ^ "Unofficial List Candidates for State Senate For PRIMARY ELECTION 06/02/2015 Election" (PDF). Secretary of State of New Jersey. June 3, 2015. Retrieved July 3, 2015.
  8. ^ "Nilsa Cruz-Perez (D)". New Jersey Legislature. Retrieved July 3, 2015.
  9. ^ "Senator Nilsa Cruz-Perez (D)". njleg.state.nj.us. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
  10. ^ "2017-official-general-election-results-state-senate.pdf" (PDF). New Jersey Secretary of State. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
  11. ^ "2015-official-ge-results-nj-senate.pdf" (PDF). New Jersey Secretary of State. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
  12. ^ "2007-official-general-election-tallies(ga)-12.12.07.pdf" (PDF). New Jersey Secretary of State. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
  13. ^ "05831236.pdf" (PDF). New Jersey Secretary of State. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
  14. ^ "2003g_a_candidate_tally.pdf" (PDF). New Jersey Secretary of State. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
  15. ^ "2001-general-elect-gen-assembly-tallies.pdf" (PDF). New Jersey Secretary of State. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
  16. ^ "1999-general-elect-gen-assembly-candidate-tallies.pdf" (PDF). New Jersey Secretary of State. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
  17. ^ "1997-general-election-results-state-assembly.pdf" (PDF). New Jersey Secretary of State. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
  18. ^ "1995-general-election-results-general-assembly.pdf" (PDF). New Jersey Secretary of State. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
  19. ^ Legislative Roster 2016-2017 Session, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed August 17, 2016.

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New Jersey Senate
Preceded by
Donald Norcross
Member of the New Jersey Senate for the 5th District
December 15, 2014–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
New Jersey General Assembly
Preceded by
Wayne Bryant
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly for the 5th District
February 27, 1995–January 12, 2010
With: Joseph J. Roberts
Succeeded by
Donald Norcross
Angel Fuentes