Bonnie Watson Coleman
|Bonnie Watson Coleman|
|Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 12th district
January 3, 2015
|Preceded by||Rush D. Holt, Jr.|
|Member of the
New Jersey General Assembly
from the 15th Legislative District
January 13, 1998 – January 5, 2015
Serving with Reed Gusciora
|New Jersey General Assembly Majority Leader|
January 12, 2006 – January 12, 2010
|Preceded by||Joseph J. Roberts|
|Succeeded by||Joseph Cryan|
February 6, 1945
Camden, New Jersey
|Spouse(s)||William Coleman (m. 1995)|
|Residence||Ewing Township, New Jersey|
Bonnie Watson Coleman (born February 6, 1945) is an American Democratic Party politician, who has served as the U.S. Representative for New Jersey's 12th congressional district since 2015. She previously served in the New Jersey General Assembly from 1998 to 2015 for the 15th Legislative District. She is the first black woman in Congress from New Jersey.
Watson Coleman served as the Majority Leader of the Assembly from 2006 to 2010, as well as the 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 to 1998 and was its chair from 1990 to 1991.
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 received a B.A. from Thomas Edison State College in 1985, and attended Rutgers University. Born in Camden, she currently resides in Ewing Township. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.
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:
2014 Congressional Campaign
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. Assemblywoman Watson Coleman is the first woman of color elected to represent a New Jersey district in the United States House of Representatives and is currently the only female member of New Jersey's congressional delegation.
Watson Coleman won the general election on November 4, 2014, defeating Republican candidate Alieta Eck.
Boycotted Israeli Prime Minister
On March 3, 2015, Coleman participated with fellow Democrats in the boycott of the speech delivered by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Congress.
- Assemblywoman Watson Colemans's legislative web page, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed June 5, 2011.
- Assembly Member Bonnie Watson Coleman, Project Vote Smart. Accessed August 10, 2007.
- 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.
- Legislative Roster 2012-2013 Session, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed December 3, 2012.
- Davis, Mike. "Watson Coleman wins Democratic primary for 12th congressional district". NJ.com. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
- "WHIP LIST: 56 Democrats to skip Netanyahu speech to Congress". The Hill. March 3, 2015. Retrieved March 4, 2015.
- Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman official U.S. House site
- Bonnie Watson Coleman for Congress
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Profile at Project Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at The Library of Congress
Joseph J. Roberts
|Majority Leader of the New Jersey General Assembly
2006 – 2010
|Chair of the Assembly Appropriations Committee
2002 – 2006
|Party political offices|
Joseph J. Roberts
|Chair of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee
2002 – 2006
|United States House of Representatives|
Rush D. Holt, Jr.
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 12th congressional district
January 3, 2015 – present
|United States order of precedence (ceremonial)|
|United States Representatives by seniority