David A. Norcross

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David A. Norcross (born March 30, 1937) is an American Republican Party politician who ran for United States Senate in 1976 and served as chairman of the New Jersey Republican State Committee.


Norcross was born in Camden, New Jersey in 1937. He received his B.A. from University of Delaware in 1958 and his LL.B from University of Pennsylvania in 1961. He served in the United States Army in the Judge Advocate General's Corps, stationed in Asmara, Ethiopia from 1962 to 1965.[1][2]

He was executive assistant to Governor William T. Cahill from 1971 to 1973, when the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission was created. He became the commission's first executive director, serving from 1973 to 1976.[1][3]

In 1976 Norcross ran as the Republican candidate for United States Senate against the incumbent Harrison A. Williams. A relative unknown, he used his expertise in campaign financing to attack Williams for what he said were unethical fundraising practices.[4] Norcross was soundly defeated, but Williams would later be convicted of bribery and conspiracy in the Abscam scandal.

He was selected by State Senator Raymond Bateman, then the Republican candidate for Governor of New Jersey, to replace Webster B. Todd as chairman of the New Jersey Republican State Committee in 1977.[5]

Norcross also became a member of the Republican National Committee in 1977. He would go on to serve in a number of positions for the RNC, including counsel to the chairman (1983–1989) and general counsel (1993–1997).[1]

Norcross is a partner in the Philadelphia-based law and lobbying firm Blank Rome LLP. His dual role as RNC insider and lobbyist came under scrutiny during the 2004 Republican National Convention, for which Norcross served as chairman of the Committee on Arrangements. The New York Times reported that Norcross had been lobbying the Bush administration on behalf of clients like the defense contractor Raytheon, but it acknowledged that there was nothing illegal about Norcross serving in both capacities.[6]

In 2007–2008 Norcross served as co-chair of presidential candidate Mitt Romney's New Jersey campaign. He was also considered a frontrunner to replace Jim Saxton in the House of Representatives until he withdrew his name from consideration.[7] Norcross had been a resident of Moorestown Township, New Jersey.[8]

Norcross served four years as chairman of the Committee on Rules and Order of Business on the Republican National Committee from 2005 to 2009. He is an elected member of the Temporary Committee on Primaries of the RNC. In 2009 he was elected chairman of the board of governors of the Republican Nationals Lawyers Association. Norcross resides in Alexandria, Virginia.


  1. ^ a b c Lawyer Profile: David A. Norcross, LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell. Accessed on March 21, 2008.
  2. ^ David A. Norcross, Partner, Blank Rome. Accessed on March 21, 2008.
  3. ^ "Norcross slaps Corzine on ELEC vacancy", PolitickerNJ.com, January 15, 2008. Accessed on March 21, 2008.
  4. ^ "Norcross Has a Hard Job Against Williams". The New York Times, October 27, 1976. Accessed March 21, 2008.
  5. ^ "Bateman Selects Norcross to succeed Todd as the State Republican Chairman". The New York Times, June 10, 1977. Accessed March 21, 2008.
  6. ^ "Convention Boss's Other Hat: Lobbying G.O.P. for Defense Clients". The New York Times, August 21, 2004. Accessed March 21, 2008.
  7. ^ "Norcross and Fenton drop their names from consideration", PolitickerNJ.com, December 7, 2007. Accessed on March 21, 2008.
  8. ^ Guenther, Alan. "Feud roils race for Saxton's seat", Asbury Park Press, November 24, 2007. Accessed December 2, 2013. "The next day, he touted the candidacy of Moorestown resident David A. Norcross, who's been active with the national Republican Party."

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Nelson G. Gross
Republican Nominee for the U.S. Senate (Class 1) from New Jersey
Succeeded by
Millicent Fenwick
Preceded by
Webster B. Todd
Chairman of the New Jersey Republican State Committee
Succeeded by
Philip D. Kaltenbacher