Donald Norcross

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Donald Norcross
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 4, 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 Gilbert L. Wilson
Personal details
Born (1958-12-13) December 13, 1958 (age 58)
Pennsauken, New Jersey, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Andrea Doran
Children 3
Residence Camden, New Jersey
Alma mater Camden County College(A.S.)
Occupation Assistant Business Manager
IBEW Local 351
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 three children.[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.[citation needed]

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]


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.

Committee assignments[edit]

Electoral history[edit]

New Jersey State Senate elections, 2011[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Donald W. Norcross (incumbent) 17,712 56.8
Republican Keith Walker 13,444 43.2
Democratic hold
New Jersey State Senate Special elections, 2010[11]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Donald W. Norcross (incumbent) 28,801 65.7
Republican Harry E. Trout 15,041 34.3
Democratic hold


  1. ^ a b c Roh, Jane (2009-09-06). "Another Norcross on the rise". Courier-Post. 
  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". 11 December 2012. 
  7. ^ "Norcross: Why I'm running for the State Assembly". 2009-09-02. Retrieved 2009-11-03. 
  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. ^ Official List Candidate Returns for State Senate For November 2011 General Election, New Jersey Department of State, December 14, 2011. Accessed January 7, 2012.
  11. ^ [1] "New Jersey Senate, (retrieved on 12/12/11).

External links[edit]

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
United States 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
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Dave Brat
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Ralph Abraham