Jennifer Beck

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Jennifer Beck
New Jersey State Senator
Assumed office
January 8, 2008
Constituency Monmouth, New Jersey
New Jersey Assemblywoman
In office
Personal details
Born (1967-01-03) January 3, 1967 (age 48)
Erie, Pennsylvania[1]
Alma mater University of Pennsylvania, M.A.
Boston College, B.A.

Jennifer Beck (born January 3, 1967) is an American Republican Party politician who has served in the New Jersey State Senate representing the 11th Legislative District since January 10, 2012. Prior to redistricting, she served in the Senate from January 8, 2008 representing the 12th Legislative District, serving portions of Monmouth and Mercer Counties. Beck represented the 12th District in the New Jersey General Assembly from 2006 to 2008.

In the 2007 general election, Beck won her bid for a seat in the New Jersey Senate in a race against Democratic Party candidate Ellen Karcher, in which Beck was outspent by a nearly seven-to-one margin.[2]

Beck served in the Assembly on the Judiciary Committee, the State Government Committee and the Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation Committee.[3]

She won a very close Assembly election on November 8, 2005. As of December 6, 2005, she was declared winner of one of the seats, and was the top vote getter in the District with 31,421 votes. Freshman State Assemblyman Michael J. Panter won re-election with 30,473 votes, narrowly edging Beck's running mate, Declan O'Scanlon, who had 30,400 votes, just 73 fewer than Panter. One-term incumbent Robert Lewis Morgan lost his bid for re-election, coming in fourth with 30,257 votes.[4]

In November 2008, a petition was launched to urge the 2009 Republican nominee for Governor of New Jersey to select Beck as his/her lieutenant governor. Nevertheless, on July 20, 2009, nominee Chris Christie announced that he had chosen Kimberly Guadagno, Monmouth County sheriff, to complete his campaign ticket as a candidate for lieutenant governor.[5]

Beck is a former Republican Party fundraiser who served for six years on the Red Bank Borough Council, from 1999 to 2005.[3] She holds a B.A. from Boston College (Physics and Mathematics) and was awarded an M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania (Government Administration).[3] Beck is also an alumna of the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania.[citation needed]

District 11[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 11th District for the 2014-15 Legislative Session are:[6]

Election history[edit]

New Jersey State Senate elections, 2011[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jennifer Beck 20,226 56.6
Democratic Raymond Santiago 15,487 43.4
Republican hold
New Jersey State Senate elections, 2007[8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jennifer Beck 26,743 53.9
Democratic Ellen Karcher (incumbent) 22,844 46.1
Republican gain from Democratic


  1. ^ "Senator Jennifer Beck",, accessed November 5, 2009.
  2. ^ Beck wins; Dems control both houses, Asbury Park Press, November 6, 2007. Accessed November 6, 2007.
  3. ^ a b c Assemblywoman Beck's legislative web page, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed February 21, 2008.
  4. ^ Quirk, James A. "O'Scanlon concedes defeat to Panter INCUMBENT SECURES VICTORY BY 73 VOTES", Asbury Park Press, December 7, 2005. Accessed August 1, 2007. "Panter, who beat O'Scanlon by a 73-vote margin, will return to Trenton next year with Republican Jennifer Beck, who received the most votes in the election. Assemblyman Robert Morgan, Panter's running mate, received the least votes."
  5. ^ Ruth, João-Pierre (July 20, 2009), "Chris Christie picks running mate", NJBiz, retrieved 2009-07-23 
  6. ^ Legislative Roster 2014-2015 Session, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed January 27, 2014.
  7. ^ Official List Candidate Returns for State Senate For November 2011 General Election, New Jersey Department of State, December 14, 2011. Accessed June 22, 2012.
  8. ^ Official List Candidate Returns for State Senate For November 2007 General Election, New Jersey Department of State, December 3, 2007. Accessed June 22, 2012.

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