DiAnne Gove

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DiAnne C. Gove
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly
from the 9th Legislative District
Assumed office
December 7, 2009
Serving with Brian E. Rumpf
Preceded by Daniel Van Pelt
Personal details
Born (1951-02-15) February 15, 1951 (age 67)
Political party Republican
Residence Long Beach Township, New Jersey
Alma mater B.A. Cabrini College (Social Science)
M.A. Monmouth College (Social Science)
Occupation Teacher
Website Legislative web page

DiAnne C. Gove (born February 15, 1951) is an American Republican Party politician who serves in the New Jersey General Assembly representing the 9th Legislative District. She was sworn in on December 7, 2009, to fill the vacant seat left by the resignation of Daniel Van Pelt after his arrest on corruption charges.


Gove is the daughter of Anne Christoph and Richard Raymond Gove.[1] She was raised in the Brant Beach section of Long Beach Township and attended Southern Regional High School in Manahawkin.[2] She received a Bachelor of Arts from Cabrini College and later a Master of Arts from Monmouth University, both degrees in social science.[3]

Gove spent more than three decades in the faculty at Southern Regional High School, where she taught history and government. She served as mayor of Long Beach Township from 2004-2008 and served three terms as a Long Beach Township Commissioner.[4] Gove served as a commissioner on the Ocean County Utilities Authority.[citation needed]

Gove was selected on August 12, 2009, by delegates from the Ocean County, Atlantic County, and Burlington County Republican Committees to fill a vacancy in the General Assembly created by the resignation of Republican Assemblyman Daniel Van Pelt on July 31, 2009. Van Pelt had been arrested as part of Operation Bid Rig by federal agents on July 23, 2009, and charged with accepting a $10,000 bribe from a cooperating witness. At the special convention, all others candidates for the seat formally withdrew their names from contention and endorsed Gove.[5] She served the remainder of Van Pelt's term, which ended in January 2010. She also replaced Van Pelt on the November ballot, running for a term in her own right.[6] Gove stated that "getting the confidence of the people back into government" was an important part of her campaign.[5] She and Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf won easily in the heavily Republican 9th district.

Gove is the first woman to represent the 9th district since Virginia E. Haines resigned from office in 1994 to head the New Jersey Lottery, and the sixth woman to represent the county in the state legislature.[7]

District 9[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 9th District for the 2016-2017 Legislative Session are:[8]


  1. ^ "Obituaries for week of May 29, 2008". Ocean City Sentinel. May 9, 2008. Retrieved August 17, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Politics vs. education: Long Beach mayor Gove devoted to teaching". Asbury Park Press. April 26, 2005. Retrieved August 17, 2009. 
  3. ^ "DiAnne C. Gove (R)". New Jersey Legislature. Retrieved August 31, 2015. 
  4. ^ Weaver, Donna. "Gove joins those vying to replace Van Pelt Assembly", The Press of Atlantic City, August 4, 2009. Accessed December 12, 2016. "Gove served as mayor of Long Beach Township from 2004 to 2008. She was re-elected to the township Board of Commissioners in May 2008, when Joseph Mancini assumed the post of mayor. She taught history and government for 32 years at Southern Regional High School in Stafford Township."
  5. ^ a b Procida, Lee (August 12, 2009). "Long Beach Township Commissioner DiAnne Gove replaces Daniel Van Pelt in 9th District". The Press of Atlantic City. Retrieved August 17, 2009. 
  6. ^ Pizarro, Max (August 13, 2009). "Gove replaces Van Pelt in LD 9". PolitickerNJ.com. Retrieved August 17, 2009. 
  7. ^ Edge, Wally. "Some Ocean County GOP history", Observer New Jersey Politics, August 13, 2009. Accessed December 12, 2016. "DiAnne Gove, who is expected to replace Daniel Van Pelt in the ninth district State Assembly seat, would become the sixth woman to represent Ocean County in the Legislature, and the first since Virginia Haines left in 1994."
  8. ^ Legislative Roster 2016-2017 Session, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed January 26, 2014.

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New Jersey General Assembly
Preceded by
Daniel Van Pelt
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly for the 9th District
December 7, 2009 – present
With: Brian E. Rumpf
Succeeded by