Annette Quijano

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Annette Quijano
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly
from the 20th district
Assumed office
September 25, 2008
Serving with Jamel Holley
Preceded byNeil M. Cohen
Personal details
Born (1962-07-04) July 4, 1962 (age 56)
Political partyDemocratic
ResidenceElizabeth, New Jersey
Alma materRutgers University (B.S.)
Rutgers School of Law–Newark (J.D.)
OccupationMunicipal prosecutor
WebsiteLegislative web page

Annette M. 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]


Quijano is a native of New Jersey, the daughter of Puerto Rican parents. She is a resident of Elizabeth.

Quijano graduated from Rutgers University with a B.S. in Management and earned her Juris Doctor from Rutgers School of Law–Newark in 1991.[3][4] 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][6] She is currently a municipal prosecutor for the City of Elizabeth.[7]

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.[8]

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.[8]

Legislative career[edit]

Quijano is 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 to replace the vacant seat of Neil Cohen who resigned.[9] She was sworn in on September 25, 2008.

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]

In June 2017, Quijano introduced a bill to designate Streptomyces griseus as New Jersey's State Microbe, to be added to the state's other state symbols. S. griseus was chosen for this honor because it is a New Jersey native that made unique contributions to healthcare and scientific research worldwide. A strain of S. griseus that produced the antibiotic streptomycin was discovered in New Jersey in 1916 and developed into an antibiotic by a Rutgers University team by Albert Schatz and Selman Waksman in 1943.[10] A companion bill was introduced in the Senate in May 2017 by Samuel D. Thompson. [11]

District 20[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 20th District for the 2018–2019 Legislative Session are:[12]


  1. ^ "Assembly Member Annette Quijano's Biography". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved 2013-05-14.
  2. ^ "In Brief: Lawyer chosen to replace disgraced Union lawmaker" Archived 2013-01-21 at, 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. ^ "Rutgers School of Law - Newark Newsletter" (PDF). September 2008. Retrieved September 12, 2015. Annette Quijano '91 was appointed to fill a vacant State Assembly seat in Union county (20th Legislative District). She had been an assistant counsel to Gov. Jon Corzine.
  5. ^ "Assemblywoman Annette Quijano". N.J. Community First. 20th Legislative District Committee. Archived from the original on 2008-11-20. Retrieved 30 July 2017.
  6. ^ "Annette Quijano". Kean University Alumni. Kean University. Retrieved 30 July 2017.
  7. ^ "Assemblywoman Annette Quijano Bio Page". NJ Assembly Majority Office. Archived from the original on November 18, 2015. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
  8. ^ a b Assemblywoman-Select Annette Quijano, Community First. Accessed September 12, 2008. Archived November 20, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ Livio, Susan K. "Corzine attorney to replace Cohen", The Star-Ledger, August 21, 2008. Accessed August 21, 2008.[dead link]
  10. ^ Assembly, No. 4900 State of New Jersey 217th Legislature Introduced June 1, 2017, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed November 30, 2017. "Sponsored By: Assemblywoman Annette Quijano District 20 (Union) Synopsis: Designates Streptomyces Griseus As New Jersey State Microbe."
  11. ^ Senate, No. 3190 State of New Jersey 217th Legislature Introduced May 15, 2017, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed November 30, 2017. "Sponsored By: Senator Samuel D. Thompson District 12 (Burlington, Middlesex, Monmouth And Ocean) Synopsis: Designates Streptomyces Griseus As New Jersey State Microbe."
  12. ^ Legislative Roster 2018-2019 Session, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed .

External links[edit]

New Jersey General Assembly
Preceded by
Neil M. Cohen
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly for the 20th District
September 25, 2008 – present
With: Joseph Cryan, Jamel Holley
Succeeded by