Donald Norcross

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Donald Norcross
Donald Norcross official portrait.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 1st district
Assumed office
November 12, 2014
Preceded by Rob Andrews
Member of the New Jersey Senate
from the 5th district
In office
January 19, 2010 – November 12, 2014
Preceded by Dana L. Redd
Succeeded by Nilsa Cruz-Perez
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly
from the 5th district
In office
January 12, 2010 – January 19, 2010
Preceded by Joseph J. Roberts
Succeeded by Whip Wilson
Personal details
Born (1958-12-13) December 13, 1958 (age 59)
Pennsauken, New Jersey, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Andrea Doran
Children 3
Relatives George Norcross (Brother)
John C. Norcross (Brother)
Education Camden County College
Website House website

Donald W. Norcross (born December 13, 1958) is the current U.S. Representative for New Jersey's 1st congressional district, serving since 2014. He is a member of the Democratic Party and an American labor leader. He won the seat in 2014 following the resignation of Rob Andrews. Prior to his service in the House, he represented the 5th District in the New Jersey Senate from 2010-14.

Personal life[edit]

Norcross was born in 1958[1] at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, the son of George E. Norcross, Jr. He and his three brothers were raised in Pennsauken Township. He graduated from Camden County College with a degree in criminal justice.[1] He was raised in the Lutheran faith.[2][3][4]

Norcross is married to Andrea Doran, an echocardiographer. They have two children together; Norcross has a third child, Donald Jr., by his first wife, Nancy.[1][5] His brother George Norcross is a New Jersey Democratic leader and businessman. He has another brother, John Norcross, who is a psychologist, author, and professor at the University of Scranton.

Norcross lives in Camden.[6]


In 1980, he served as an apprentice in the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, eventually becoming assistant business manager of the IBEW Local 351.[7] A former president of the Southern New Jersey Building Trades Council, Norcross served as president of the Southern New Jersey AFL-CIO Central Labor Council for 16 years.[5]

Norcross and his running mate, Camden City Council President Angel Fuentes, were elected to the Assembly in 2009 after Democratic incumbents Nilsa Cruz-Perez and Joseph J. Roberts both retired. Shortly thereafter, Norcross was appointed to the Senate seat vacated by Dana Redd who was elected as Mayor of Camden. Norcross won the Senate special election in 2010 to finish out the term, then was re-elected to the New Jersey Senate in 2011 and 2013.[5][8]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Norcross' freshman portrait


On February 4, 2014, South Jersey Congressman Rob Andrews announced he would be resigning from Congress by the end of the month, and he did so on February 18.[9]

Norcross announced his candidacy February 5, and within a week, he was endorsed by every New Jersey congressional Democrat, State Senate President Stephen Sweeney, General Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald, Mayor of Camden Dana Redd, U.S. Senator Cory Booker, and former Governor Jim Florio.[8]


Norcross speaking at the 2017 Women's March in Trenton, New Jersey

Norcross easily won the Democratic primary—the real contest in this heavily Democratic district—with 72 percent of the vote. He ran in two elections on November 4--a special election for the balance of Andrews' 12th full term, and a regular election for a full two-year term—winning both over Republican challenger Garry Cobb. He was sworn in on November 12, 2014 by House Speaker John Boehner. Since he was added to the House roll on that date, he gained more seniority than other members of the House freshman class of 2014.

Soon after his election, Norcross was appointed to Assistant Whip, a role he would go on to reprise after his 2016 re-election.[10] Norcross currently serves in a number of leadership roles in the Democratic Caucus, as well, including serving as co-chair of the Rebuilding America Task Force,[11] member of the Steering and Policy Committee,[12] and member of the Communications Committee.[13] He is also the co-founder of the Bipartisan Building Trades Caucus,[14] Vice-Chair of the Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic,[15] and was appointed to the Joint Select Committee on Pension Security.[16]

Helping working families succeed remains at the top of Norcross' priorities, as seen by a recent cross-country tour to reconnect with workers.[17]

Committee assignments[edit]

Caucus memberships[edit]

Electoral history[edit]

New Jersey State Senate Special elections, 2010[24]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Donald W. Norcross (incumbent) 28,801 65.7
Republican Harry E. Trout 15,041 34.3
Democratic hold
New Jersey State Senate elections, 2011[25]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Donald W. Norcross (incumbent) 17,712 56.8
Republican Keith Walker 13,444 43.2
Democratic hold
New Jersey's 1st Congressional District, 2014[26]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Donald Norcross 93,315 57.43
Republican Garry Cobb 64,073 39.43
We Deserve Better Scot John Tomaszewski 1,784 1.10
Stop Boss Politics Robert Shapiro 1,134 0.70
Change is Needed Margaret M. Chapman 1,103 0.68
Of The People Mike Berman 634 0.39
D-R Party Donald E Letton 449 0.27
Total votes 162,492 100
Democratic hold
New Jersey's 1st Congressional District, 2016[27]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Donald Norcross (incumbent) 183,231 59.98
Republican Bob Patterson 112,388 36.79
We Deserve Better Scot John Tomaszewski 5,473 1.79
Libertarian William F. Sihr IV 2,410 0.79 Michael Berman 1,971 0.65
Total votes 305,473 100
Democratic hold


  1. ^ a b c Roh, Jane (September 6, 2009). "Another Norcross on the rise". Courier-Post. p. 1.
  2. ^ Religion: Lutheran per biodata,; accessed December 1, 2014.
  3. ^ "Profile of Donald Norcross".
  4. ^ "New Jersey-1: Donald Norcross (D)".
  5. ^ a b c Profile,; accessed November 17, 2014.
  6. ^ "Full Biography". December 11, 2012.
  7. ^ "Norcross: Why I'm running for the State Assembly". September 2, 2009. Retrieved November 3, 2009.
  8. ^ a b Rob Andrews to leave Congress,; accessed November 17, 2014.
  9. ^ "N.J. Democrat Rob Andrews to resign from Congress",; accessed November 17, 2014.
  10. ^ "Congressman Norcross Re-Appointed to Democratic Leadership Position". January 18, 2017. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  11. ^ "Norcross Named Co-Chair of House Democrats' 'Jobs for America' Effort". September 13, 2017. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  12. ^ a b "Congressman Norcross Appointed to Democratic Leadership Committee". January 25, 2017. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  13. ^ a b "Rep. Norcross Named to House Democrats' New Policy & Communications Committee". January 14, 2015. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  14. ^ a b "Building a Better America Together". March 22, 2016. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  15. ^ "Bipartisan Heroin Task Force Releases Legislative Agenda for 2018". January 10, 2018. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  16. ^ "Norcross Appointed to Select Committee on Pension Security". February 23, 2018. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  17. ^ "On Four-State Tour, Democratic Leaders Try to Reconnect With Workers". Congressman Donald Norcross. 2017-08-15. Retrieved 2018-10-15.
  18. ^ "Full Biography". December 11, 2012. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  19. ^ "Norcross Appointed to Select Committee on Pension Security". February 23, 2018. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  20. ^ "Bipartisan Heroin Task Force Releases Legislative Agenda for 2018". January 10, 2018. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  21. ^ "Members". New Democrat Coalition. Retrieved February 6, 2018.
  22. ^ "Northeast Philly Dem Brendan Boyle forms "blue collar caucus" in Congress". Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  23. ^ "Members of the Veterinary Medicine Caucus". Veterinary Medicine Caucus. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  24. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 20, 2011. Retrieved December 12, 2011. "New Jersey Senate, (retrieved on 12/12/11).
  25. ^ Official List Candidate Returns for State Senate For November 2011 General Election, New Jersey Department of State, December 14, 2011. Accessed January 7, 2012.
  26. ^ "Election Information" (PDF). NJ Department of State. November 4, 2014. Retrieved January 2, 2015.
  27. ^ "Election Information" (PDF). NJ Department of State. November 8, 2016. Retrieved December 8, 2016.

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New Jersey Senate
Preceded by
Dana Redd
New Jersey State Senator - District 5
January 19, 2010 – November 4, 2014
Succeeded by
Nilsa Cruz-Perez
New Jersey General Assembly
Preceded by
Joseph J. Roberts
New Jersey State Assemblyman - District 5
January 12, 2010 – January 19, 2010
Succeeded by
Gilbert "Whip" Wilson
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Rob Andrews
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 1st congressional district

November 4, 2014 – present
Current U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Dave Brat
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Ralph Abraham