Bonnie Watson Coleman

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Bonnie Watson Coleman
Member of the
New Jersey General Assembly
from the 15th Legislative District
Assumed office
January 13, 1998
Serving with Reed Gusciora
New Jersey General Assembly Majority Leader
In office
January 12, 2006 – January 12, 2010
Preceded by Joseph J. Roberts
Succeeded by Joseph Cryan
Personal details
Born (1945-02-06) February 6, 1945 (age 69)
Political party Democratic
Residence Ewing Township, New Jersey

Bonnie Watson Coleman (born February 6, 1945) is an American Democratic Party politician, who has served in the New Jersey General Assembly since 1998, where she represents the 15th Legislative District.[1]

Watson Coleman served as the Majority Leader of the Assembly since 2006 to 2010. She serves in the Assembly on the Legislative Services commission.[1] She had previously served on the Appropriations Committee (as Chairwoman from 2002–2006),[1] the Budget Committee, and the Joint Budget Oversight Committee.

Watson Coleman served as New Jersey Democratic State Chairwoman from 2002–2006. She served on the Governing Boards Association of State Colleges from 1987–1998 and as its chair from 1991-1993. Watson Coleman was a member of the Ewing Township Planning Board from 1996-1997. She was a member of the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey Board of Trustees from 1981–1998 and was its chair from 1990-1991.[1]

In 1974, she established the first Office of Civil Rights, Contract Compliance and Affirmative Action, in the New Jersey Department of Transportation and remained the Director of that office for six years. In 1980, Watson Coleman joined the Department of Community Affairs, where she held a number of positions including, Assistant Commissioner, responsible for Aging, Community Resources, Public Guardian and Women Divisions.

Watson Coleman became the first African American woman to lead the State party when she was elected Chair of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee, on February 4, 2002.

Watson Coleman received a B.A. from Thomas Edison State College in 1985, and attended Rutgers University.[1] Born in Camden, she currently resides in Ewing Township.[2] She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.[3]

District 15[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 15th District for the 2012-2013 Legislative Session are:[4]

2014 Congressional Campaign[edit]

Following the announcement that Congressman Rush Holt would not be seeking another term in office, Bonnie Watson Coleman announced her intention to run for New Jersey's 12th congressional district.[5] If elected, Assemblywoman Watson Coleman will be the first woman of color elected to represent a New Jersey district in the United States House of Representatives and the only female member of New Jersey's congressional delegation.

On June 3, 2014, Watson Coleman won the Democratic primary for the 12th congressional district.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d e Assemblywoman Watson Colemans's legislative web page, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed June 5, 2011.
  2. ^ Assembly Member Bonnie Watson Coleman, Project Vote Smart. Accessed August 10, 2007.
  3. ^ Schaller, Thomas F.; King-Meadows, Tyson (2006). Devolution and Black state legislators : challenges and choices in the twenty-first century. Albany: State Univ. of New York Press. p. 39. ISBN 978-0-7914-6729-9. 
  4. ^ Legislative Roster 2012-2013 Session, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed December 3, 2012.
  5. ^
  6. ^ Davis, Mike. "Watson Coleman wins Democratic primary for 12th congressional district". Retrieved 4 June 2014. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Joseph J. Roberts
Majority Leader of the New Jersey General Assembly
2006 – 2010
Succeeded by
Joseph Cryan
Preceded by
Leonard Lance
Chair of the Assembly Appropriations Committee
2002 – 2006
Succeeded by
Nellie Pou
Party political offices
Preceded by
Joseph J. Roberts
Chair of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee
2002 – 2006
Succeeded by
Joseph Cryan