Annette Quijano

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Annette Quijano (/kiˈhɑːn/, born July 4, 1962[1]) is an American Democratic Party politician, who was selected by Union County Democrats to fill a vacancy to represent the 20th Legislative District in the New Jersey General Assembly and has since been re-elected three times to her Assembly seat. Quijano succeeded Neil M. Cohen, who resigned on July 28, 2008 amid allegations of child pornography on an official computer.[2]

She is serving as General Assembly Deputy Majority Leader and Chairwoman of the Assembly Homeland Security and State Preparedness Committee. This is in addition to serving as a member of the Labor Committee. [3]

Quijano is a native of New Jersey, the daughter of Puerto Rican parents. She is a resident of Elizabeth, and the first woman and first minority to represent the 20th District. Quijano was selected by a convention of Union County Democrats over Patricia Perkins-Auguste by a vote of 87-82.[4] She was sworn in on September 25, 2008.

Quijano graduated from Rutgers University with a B.S. in Management and earned her Juris Doctor from Rutgers School of Law—Newark.[3] She served clerkships at New Jersey Superior Court in Newark, and in Trenton at both the Office of the Governor's Counsel and the New Jersey Department of the Public Advocate in Trenton. She has bar admissions in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania.[5]

She has worked as a Compliance Manager for Prudential/ Aetna U.S. Healthcare and as an attorney in civil practice. She served as Chief of Staff to State Senator Raymond Lesniak from 1992–1994, Assistant Counsel to Union County, Clerk to the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and as the Assistant Counsel to Governors Jim McGreevey, Richard Codey and Jon Corzine.[5]

Quijano has served on the United Way Hispanic Advisory Council of Union County, the Governor’s Working Group for Hispanic Affairs, a Legal Services committee in Elizabeth, and as a Commissioner for New Jersey’s Congressional Redistricting efforts. She is the recipient of the Excellence in State Government Leadership and the Women of Excellence in Government awards and mentors young adults to consider law and graduate school in her free time.[5]

District 20[edit]

Each of the forty 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 20th District for the 2012-2013 Legislative Session are:[6]


  1. ^ "Assembly Member Annette Quijano's Biography". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved 2013-05-14. 
  2. ^ "In Brief: Lawyer chosen to replace disgraced Union lawmaker", Daily Record (Morristown), August 21, 2008. Accessed August 21, 2008.
  3. ^ a b Assemblywoman Quijano's legislative web page, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed May 14, 2013.
  4. ^ Livio, Susan K. "Corzine attorney to replace Cohen", The Star-Ledger, August 21, 2008. Accessed August 21, 2008.
  5. ^ a b c Assemblywoman-Select Annette Quijano, Community First. Accessed September 12, 2008.
  6. ^ Legislative Roster 2012-2013 Session, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed May 14, 2013.

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