Women in New Jersey Government 2024

Current Congress
14.3% of 14 seats
U.S. Senate
0% of 2 seats
U.S. House
16.7% of 12 seats
Historic Congress
(4D, 3R)
U.S. Senate

New Jersey has never sent a woman to the U.S. Senate.

U.S. House
(4D, 3R)
Congress - Current and Historic
Name Party Year(s) Served
Mikie Sherrill D 2019-present
Bonnie Watson Coleman D 2015-present
Marge Roukema R 1981-2002
Millicent Fenwick R 1975-1982
Helen S. Meyner D 1975-1978
Florence P. Dwyer R 1957-1972
Mary Teresa Norton D 1925-1950
Statewide Elective Executive
50% of 2 seats

Tahesha Way (D) currently serves as lieutenant governor. In 2018, Sheila Oliver (D) took office as New Jersey's second lieutenant governor. She was the first woman of color and the first Black woman elected to statewide office in NJ and served until 2023. In New Jersey, the governor and lieutenant governor, elected together, are the only statewide elected officials. Christine Todd Whitman, New Jersey’s first (and to date, only) woman governor, served from 1994-2001.

Governor's Cabinet
50% of 26 Cabinet Members

Number includes the women currently serving in Governor Phil Murphy's cabinet.

Women Members of Governor Murphy's Cabinet
Name Position Year(s) Active
Tahesha Way Secretary of State 2/9/18-present
Elizabeth Muoio State Treasurer 4/13/18-present
Christine Norbut Beyer Commissioner of Children and Families 6/20/18-present
Lisa J. Hou Adjutant General 10/16/20-present
Sarah Adelman Acting Human Services Commissioner 1/16/21-present
Laurie Doran Director of Homeland Security 6/4/21-present
Victoria Kuhn Acting Corrections Commissioner 6/8/21-present
Latrecia "Trish" Littles-Floyd Motor Vehicle Commission Chair 7/2/2022-present
Allison Chris Myers Civil Service Commission Chair 1/1/2023-present
Kaitlan Baston Health Commissioner 7/25/2023-present
Christine Guhl-Sadovy Board of Public Utilities President 9/12/2023-present
Jacquelyn Suárez Acting Community Affairs Commissioner 9/18/2023-present
Lisa Asare President and CEO NJ Maternal and Infant Health Innovation Authority 3/27/2024-present
Carole Johnson Human Service Commissioner 4/3/18-1/15/21
Zakiya Smith Ellis Higher Education Secretary 6/17/18-7/5/20
Catherine McCabe Environmental Protection Commissioner 6/19/18-1/15/21
Deirdre Webster Cobb Civil Service Commission Chair 4/13/18-12/31/2022
Sue Fulton Motor Vehicle Commission Chair 4/19/18-7/1/2022
Marlene Caride Banking & Insurance Commissioner 6/26/18-6/28/2023
Judith Persichilli Health Commissioner 8/5/19-7/24/2023
Sheila Oliver Community Affairs Commissioner 1/17/18-8/1/2023
Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti Transportation Commissioner 6/20/18-1/28/2024
Angelica Allen-McMillan Acting Education Commissioner 10/20/20-1/31/2024
Beth Noveck Chief Innovation Officer 8/13/18-1/31/2024
State Legislature
(33D, 8R)
34.2% of 120 seats

New Jersey ranks 23rd among the 50 states in the proportion of women serving in its legislature. Women of color make up 53.7% of all women in the New Jersey legislature: 70.0% of women in the Senate and 48.4% of women in the Assembly.

State Senate
(8D, 2R)
25% of 40 seats
State Assembly
(25D, 6R)
38.8% of 80 seats
Current Women Members of the Legislature
Name Party Position Race/Ethnicity Dates Served
Rosy Bagolie D State Representative White, Latina 2024-present
Renee C. Burgess D State Senator Black 2022-present
Linda Carter D State Representative Black 2018-present
Alixon Collazos-Gill D State Representative Latina 2024-present
Kristin Corrado R State Senator White 2017-present
Nilsa Cruz-Perez D State Senator Latina 2014-present
Margie Donlon D State Representative White 2024-present
Mitchelle Drulis D State Representative White 2024-present
Aura K. Dunn R State Representative White 2019-present
Dawn Fantasia R State Representative White 2024-present
Vicky Flynn R State Representative White 2022-present
Linda R. Greenstein D State Senator White 2010-present
Shama A. Haider D State Representative Asian American/Pacific Islander 2022-present
Garnet R. Hall D State Representative Black 2024-present
Andrea Katz D State Representative White 2024-present
Pamela R. Lampitt D State Representative White 2006-present
Yvonne Lopez D State Representative Latina 2018-present
Michelle Matsikoudis R State Representative White 2022-present
Barbara McCann Stamato D State Representative White 2024-present
Tennille R. McCoy D State Representative Black 2024-present
Angela V. McKnight D State Senator Black 2024-present
Carmen Morales D State Representative Latina 2024-present
Nancy F. Munoz R State Representative White 2009-present
Carol Murphy D State Representative White 2018-present
Ellen Park D State Representative Asian American/Pacific Islander 2022-present
Luanne Peterpaul D State Representative White 2024-present
Eliana Pintor Marin D State Representative White 2013-present
Nellie Pou D State Senator Latina 2012-present
Annette Quijano D State Representative Latina 2008-present
Jessica Ramirez D State Representative Latina 2024-present
Verlina Reynolds-Jackson D State Representative Black 2018-present
M. Teresa Ruiz D State Senator Latina 2008-present
Holly T. Schepisi R State Senator White 2021-present
Heather Simmons D State Representative White 2024-present
Shanique Speight D State Representative Black 2018-present
Shavonda E. Sumter D State Representative Black 2012-present
Lisa Swain D State Representative White 2018-present
Claire Swift R State Representative White 2022-present
Britnee Timberlake D State Senator Black 2024-present
Cleopatra G. Tucker D State Representative Black 2008-present
Shirley K. Turner D State Senator Black 1998-present
Legislative Leadership

Sheila Y. Oliver (D), served as speaker of the Assembly from 2011-2013. Oliver is only the second Black woman in the nation to serve as a speaker of a lower house. One woman previously served as speaker of the New Jersey Assembly. Marion West Higgins (R) became speaker in 1965, only the third woman in the nation to be speaker of a state house. She served as acting governor on occasion when Governor Richard Hughes traveled out of state.

Name Position
M. Teresa Ruiz (D-29) Senate Majority Leader
Linda R. Greenstein (D-14) Assistant Majority Leader
Shirley K. Turner (D-15) Senate President Pro Tempore
Nellie Pou (D-35) Majority Caucus Chair
Holly T. Schepisi (R-39) Republican Conference Leader
Kristin M. Corrado (R-40) Ranking Member Judiciary Committee
Name Position
Annette Quijano (D-20) Majority Conference Leader
Carol A. Murphy (D-7) Majority Whip
Lisa Swain (D-38) Assembly Appropriations Chair
Eliana Pintor Marin (D-29) Assembly Budget Chair
Verlina Reynolds-Jackson (D-15) Constituent Outreach Chair
Linda S. Carter (D-22) Deputy Speaker
Pamela R. Lampitt (D-6) Deputy Speaker
Yvonne Lopez (D-19) Deputy Speaker
Shanique Speight (D-29) Deputy Speaker
Shama A. Haider (D-37) Deputy Majority Leader
Ellen J. Park (D-37) Parlimentarian
Nancy F. Munoz (R-21) Minority Budget Officer
Victoria A. Flynn (R-13) Deputy Minority Conference Leader
Michelle Matsikoudis (R-21) Assistant Minority Conference Leader
Aura K. Dunn (R-25) Assistant Minority Whip
Committee Chairs
Name Committee
Nellie Pou (D-35) Commerce
Nilsa Cruz-Perez (D-5) Economic Growth
Linda R. Greenstein (D-14) Law and Public Safety
Name Committee
Shanique Speight (D-29) Aging and Human Services
Lisa Swain (D-38) Appropriations
Eliana Pintor Marin (D-29) Budget
Shama A. Haider (D-37) Children, Families, and Food Security
Shavonda E. Sumter (D-35) Community Development and Women's Affairs
Pamela Lampitt (D-6) Education
Linda S. Carter (D-22) Higher Education
Yvonne Lopez (D-19) Housing
Ellen J. Park (D-37) Judiciary
Cleopatra Tucker (D-28) Military and Veteran's Affairs
County Executive

Among the five counties in New Jersey that elect executives, no woman currently holds that title.

County Commissioners
(34D, 14R)
35.6% of 135 seats

Eight women serve as commissioner chairs, directors or presidents. Women serve as commissioners in 20 of the state’s 21 counties. The county with no women commissioners is Salem.

Eleven Black women (Collette, Cooper, Graham, Hopson, McCullum, Murray-Thomas, Robinson, and Williams), nine Latinas (Aponte-Lipski, Azcona-Barber, Betteridge, Cedeno, Delisfort, Leon, Ortiz, Rodriguez, and Sooy) and one Asian American/Pacific Islander woman (Narra) currently serve as commissioners.

Name and Party County
June Byrnes (R) Atlantic
Amy L. Gatto (R) Atlantic
Maureen Kern (R), Chair Atlantic
Mary Amoroso (D) Bergen
Germaine M. Ortiz (D), Chair Bergen
Joan Voss (D) Bergen
Tracy Silna Zur (D) Bergen
Allison Eckel (D) Burlington
Felicia Hopson (D), Director Burlington
Melinda Kane (D) Camden
Virginia Betteridge (D) Camden
Melanie Collette (R) Cape May
Victoria Groetsch-Lods (R) Cumberland
Sandra Taylor (R) Cumberland
Tyshammie L. Cooper (D) Essex
Romaine Graham (D) Essex
A'Dorian Murray-Thomas (D) Essex
Patricia Sebold (D) Essex
Denice DiCarlo (D) Gloucester
Joann Gatinelli (D) Gloucester
Yraida Aponte Lipski (D) Hudson
Fanny Cedeno (D) Hudson
Caridad Rodriguez (D) Hudson
Susan Soloway (R) Hunterdon
Cathleen M. Lewis (D) Mercer
Kristin L. McLaughlin (D) Mercer
Nina Melker (D) Mercer
Lucylle Walter (D) Mercer
Clary Azcona Barber (D) Middlesex
Leslie Koppel (D) Middlesex
Chanelle Scott McCullum (D) Middlesex
Shanti Narra (D) Middlesex
Susan M. Kiley (R) Monmouth
Christine Meyers (R), Director Morris
Deborah Smith (R) Morris
Bobbi Jo Crea (R), Director Ocean
Virginia Haines (R) Ocean
Cassandra Lazzara (D) Passaic
Melonie Marano (D) Somerset
Shanel Robinson (D), Director Somerset
Sara Sooy (D) Somerset
Jill Space (R), Director Sussex
Michele S. Delisfort (D) Union
Bette Jane Kowalski (D) Union
Lourdes M. Leon (D) Union
Kimberly Palmieri Mouded (D), Chair Union
Rebecca Williams (D) Union
Lori Ciesla (R) Warren
County Constitutional Officers
(13D, 8R, 1NP)
33.8% of 65 seats

These women officials include: 11 county clerks, 1 sheriff and 10 surrogates.

Three Black women (Ireland-Imhof, Jalloh, Scott) and two Latinas (Cassanova, Cortes) currently serve in county constitutional offices.

County Clerks
Name County
Joanne Schwartz (D) Burlington
Rita M. Rothberg (R) Cape May
Celeste Riley (D) Cumberland
Mary Melfi (R) Hunterdon
Paula Sollami Covello (D) Mercer
Nancy Pinkin (D) Middlesex
Christine Giordano Hanlon (R) Monmouth
Ann F. Grossi (R) Morris
Danielle Ireland Imhof (D) Passaic
Joanne Rajoppi (D) Union
Holly Mackey (R) Warren
Name and Party County
Mildred S. Scott (D) Middlesex
Name and Party County
Michelle Gentek Meyer (D) Camden
E. Marie Hayes (R) Cape May
Heidi Rohrbach (R) Hunterdon
Diane Gerofsky (D) Mercer
Claribel Cortes (D) Middlesex
Maureen Raisch (R) Monmouth
Heather Darling Morris
Zoila Cassanova (D) Passaic
Nicki A. Burke (D) Salem
Tina Jalloh (D) Somerset
Name and Party County
Diane Coleman (D) Hudson
Mayors - Cities over 30,000
17.1% of 76 seats

Data as of January 2024.

Two Black women (Marie Larence and Kaya A. McIntosh), one Latina (Patricia Hendricks Farmer), and one Asian American/Pacific Islander woman (Fozia Janjua) serve as big city mayors.

Name Municipality Population County
Lisa Crate Brick Township 76,863 Ocean
Debbie Walker Old Bridge Township 65,414 Middlesex
Theresa Berger Howell Township 51,952 Monmouth
Laurie Burns Washinton Township 47,753 Gloucester
Susan McCartney West Orange Township 47,473 Essex
Jaclyn Veasy Evesham Township 45,188 Burlington
Laura Pfrommer Egg Harbor Township 42,105 Egg Harbor Township
Fozia Janjua Mount Laurel Township 41,870 Burlington
Carol Jean Doyle Kearny 40,507 Hudson
Susan Cohen Manalapan Township 39,225 Monmouth
Marie M. Larence Winslow Township 38,543 Camden
Patricia Hendricks Farmer Lawrence Township 32,595 Mercer
Kaya A. McIntosh Willingboro Township 32,005 Burlington
Mayors - Cities less than 30,000
20% of 489 seats

Data as of January 2024.

Name Municipality County
Kim Horton Absecon City Atlantic
Rosemary Tuohy Allamuchy Township Warren
Amy Wilczynski Allendale Borough Bergen
Deborah Buzby-Cope Bass River Township Burlington
Nancy Taggart Davis Beach Haven Borough Ocean
Kathleen B. Miers Belvidere Township Warren
Angie D. Devanney Berkeley Heights Township Union
Phyllis A. Magazzu Berlin Township Camden
Jennifer L. Asay Bernards Township Somerset
Mary Jane Canose Bernardsville Borough Somerset
Vicky Papics Bloomsbury Borough Hunterdon
Daniele Fede Bogota Borough Bergen
Jennifer L. Sciortino Bordentown City Burlington
Anna Columbus Branchburg Township Somerset
Julie A. McCleary Brooklawn Borough Camden
Kerry Peterson Cedar Grove Township Essex
Carolyn Dempsey Chatham Borough Morris
Stacey Ewald Chatham Township Morris
Jamila Odom Bremmer Chesilhurst Borough Camden
Janet Hoven Chester Borough Morris
Janice Kovach Clinton Town Hunterdon
Abigail Perlstein O'Brien Deerfield Township Cumberland
Debra A. Rivas Eagleswood Township Ocean
Jenna Casper-Bloom East Amwell Township Hunterdon
Dina M. Grilo East Newark Borough Hudson
Janice S Mironov East Windsor Township Mercer
Lisa Jiampetti Egg Harbor City Atlantic
Carolyn King-Sammons Elk Township Gloucester
Danielle Dipaola Emerson Borough Bergen
Elizabeth Owen Estell Manor City Atlantic
Violetta Berisha Fairview Borough Bergen
Colleen Mahr Fanwood Borough Union
Marcia A. Karrow Flemington Borough Hunterdon
Kristan I. Wilkie Florence Township Burlington
Jen Blumenstock Garwood Borough Union
Deborah Mans Glen Ridge Borough Essex
Kristine Morieko Glen Rock Borough Bergen
Margaret Peg Phillips Green Township Sussex
Colleen Bianco Bezich Haddonfield Borough Camden
Leila Gilmore Hainesport Township Burlington
Heather Wasser Haworth Borough Bergen
Michele Lee High Bridge Borough Hunterdon
Elsie Foster Highland Park Borough Middlesex
Carolyn Broullon Highlands Borough Monmouth
Susan Bluth Hightstown Borough Mercer
Dahlia Vertreese Hillside Township Union
Marie Galate Hopatcong Borough Sussex
Robin Freitag Hopewell Township Cumberland
Courtney Peters-Manning Hopewell Township Mercer
Linda Karlovitch Kenilworth Borough Union
Rose P. Araneo Keyport Borough Monmouth
Debra Shipps Knowlton Township Warren
Peggy Sue Juliano Lacey Township Ocean
Mary Ann Wardlow Lawnside Borough Camden
Beverly Koehler Lebanon Township Hunterdon
Bettyann Cowling-Carson Magnolia Borough Camden
Nancy Adams Maplewood Township Essex
Christine Serrano Glassner Mendham Borough Morris
Sarah Neibart Mendham Township Morris
Annette Romano Millburn Township Essex
Lisa M. Orndorf Millville City Cumberland
Neena Singh Montgomery Township Somerset
Nicole Gillespie Moorestown Township Burlington
Donna J. Guariglia Morris Township Morris
Susan Carney Mount Ephraim Borough Camden
Rachel McGreevy Neptune City Monmouth
Tassie York Neptune Township Monmouth
Lydia M. Dodd Ocean Township Ocean
Gina Ragomo Tait Palmyra Borough Burlington
Bonnie Haines Pemberton Borough Burlington
LaDaena D. Thomas Penns Grove Borough Salem
Judy M. Ward Pleasantville City Atlantic
Monica Niki Giberson Port Republic City Atlantic
Marjorie Sperry Quinton Township Salem
Deirdre A Dillon Ramsey Borough Bergen
Peggy Malkin Roosevelt Borough Monmouth
Jacqueline Albrecht Roxbury Township Morris
Jody Veler Salem City Salem
Kim Doran Eulner Shrewsbury Borough Monmouth
Caryl Chris Shoffner South Bound Brook Borough Somerset
Sheena C. Collum South Orange Village Township Essex
Jackie Palmer Spotswood Borough Middlesex
Jennifer Naughton Spring Lake Borough Monmouth
Lisa Chammings Stillwater Township Sussex
Judith M. Davies-Dunhour Stone Harbor Borough Cape May
Linda Hall Stratford Borough Camden
Elizabeth Fagan Summit City Union
Jean Frankel Tewksbury Township Hunterdon
Susan R Marshall Tuckerton Borough Ocean
Melissa Dabal Wallington Borough Bergen
Ethel Conry Washington Borough Warren
Jessica S. Doheny Wenonah Borough Gloucester
Carol E. Sabo West Cape May Borough Cape May
Janet W Tucci West Long Branch Borough Monmouth
Michele Dale West Milford Township Passaic
Shelley Brindle Westfield Township Union
Tracy Kallert Woodland Park Borough Passaic
Natalie Matthias Woolwich Township Gloucester
County Party Chairs
(5D, 2R)
16.7% of 42 seats

The chair of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee is a man (LeRoy J. Jones, Jr.). The chair of the New Jersey Republican State Committee is a man (Bob Hugin). 

Name County Party
Nancy Sungenis Cumberland Democrat
Amy DeGise Hudson Democrat
Arlene Perez Hunterdon Democrat
Janice S. Mironov Mercer Democrat
Amalia Duarte Morris Democrat
Peg Schaffer Somerset Democrat
Dawne Rowe Sussex Democrat
Jacci Vigilante Gloucester Republican
Lisa Richford Mercer Republican
Laura Ali Morris Republican
State Supreme Court
42.9% of 7 seats

Justice Anne Patterson, appointed by Governor Chris Christie and sworn in on September 1, 2011; Justice Fabiana Pierre-Louis, appointed by Governor Phil Murphy and sworn in on September 1, 2020; and Justice Rachel Wainer Apter, appointed by Governor Phil Murphy and sworn in on October 21, 2022. Pierre-Louis is the first black woman to serve on the New Jersey Supreme Court.

The first woman to head New Jersey’s highest court was Chief Justice Deborah Poritz; appointed by Governor Whitman, she served from 1996 until she retired in 2006. Whitman also appointed Justice Virginia Long, who served from September 14, 1999 until she retired in March, 2012 and Justice Jaynee LaVecchia, who served from January 26, 2000 until she retired in December 2021. Governor Jon Corzine appointed Justice Helen E. Hoens, who served from October 26, 2006 until October 26, 2013. Judge Mary Catherine Cuff was assigned temporarily to serve on the Court by Chief Justice Stuart Rabner in October 2012. The first woman member of New Jersey’s Supreme Court was Justice Marie L. Garibaldi, who was appointed by Governor Thomas Kean and served from 1982 until 2000.


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