Teresa Ruiz (politician)

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M. Teresa Ruiz
Member of the New Jersey Senate
from the 29th Legislative District
Assumed office
Preceded by Sharpe James
Personal details
Born (1974-06-28) June 28, 1974 (age 40)
Political party Democratic
Residence Newark, New Jersey
Alma mater B.A. Drew University (English)
Occupation Deputy Chief of Staff, Essex County Executive
Website Legislative web page

M. Teresa Ruiz (born June 28, 1974) is an American Democratic Party politician, who has been serving in the New Jersey State Senate since January 8, 2008, where she represents the 29th Legislative District.

In the Senate, Ruiz serves on the Education Committee (as Chair), on the Budget Committee and Appropriations Committee and the Economic Growth Committee.[1]


In 1998, Ruiz received a B.A. from Drew University in English.[1]

District 29[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 29th District for the 2012-2013 Legislative Session are:[2]

Election History[edit]

New Jersey State Senate elections, 2011[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic M. Teresa Ruiz (incumbent) 9,076 85.0%
Republican Aracelis Sanabria Tejada 1,598 15.0%
Democratic hold
New Jersey State Senate elections, 2007[4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic M. Teresa Ruiz 10,816 57.8%
Independent Luis A. Quintana 3,687 19.7%
Independent William D. Payne 3,653 19.5%
Republican Al-Samar Douglas 547 2.9%
Democratic hold


External links[edit]

New Jersey Senate
Preceded by
Sharpe James
New Jersey Senate
January 8, 2008–present