Gabriela Mosquera

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Gabriela Mosquera
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly from the 4th Legislative District
Assumed office
March 5, 2012
Serving with Paul D. Moriarty
Preceded byDomenick DiCicco
Chair of the New Jersey General Assembly Committee on Woman and Children
Assumed office
January 9, 2018 [1]
Preceded byPamela R. Lampitt [2]
Personal details
Born (1977-01-03) January 3, 1977 (age 43)
Guayaquil, Ecuador
Political partyDemocratic
ResidenceBlackwood, New Jersey (Gloucester Township)
WebsiteLegislative Website

Gabriela M. Mosquera (born January 3, 1977) is an American Democratic Party politician, who has served in the New Jersey General Assembly since March 5, 2012, where she represents the 4th Legislative District.

Early Life[edit]

Mosquera was born on January 3, 1977 in Guayaquil, Ecuador. She immigrated to the United States at the age of three.[3] Mosquera received a B.A. degree from The College of New Jersey, where she majored in political science and was awarded an M.B.A. from the Keller Graduate School of Management at Devry University.[4] After college, she worked as a policy analyst for the Assembly Democratic Caucus and later as an assistant to 5th District Assemblywoman Nilsa Cruz-Perez.[5] She is currently the chief of staff to Gloucester Township mayor David R. Mayer.[3] She has lived in the Blackwood section of Gloucester Township since 2011.[5]

New Jersey Assembly[edit]

Due to the 2011 apportionment based on the results of the 2010 United States Census, the 4th District Assembly seat of Domenick DiCicco, a Republican, became vacant, with DiCicco placed in the 3rd District where he lost to the Democratic incumbents. Mosquera ran for the vacant seat on the Democratic ticket with the incumbent Paul Moriarty. In the general election, she and Moriarty defeated the Republican candidates, former Gloucester Township councilwoman Shelley Lovett and Patricia Fratticcioli. By taking DiCicco's seat, Mosquera represented the only gain by the Democrats in the Assembly in the 2011 election cycle.[6] In response to a lawsuit filed by Lovett, Mosquera could not be sworn into office in January 2012 and a ruling issued the next month by the New Jersey Supreme Court declared Mosquera's November 2011 invalid, saying that her move to the Gloucester Township did not meet the one-year residency requirement established in state law.[7] Mosquera was sworn into office on March 5 after she was selected by district Democrats and filed to face off again against Lovett in a November 2012 special election.[8][9]In June 2012, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey overturned the N.J. Supreme Court ruling and upheld her November 2011 election, finding that an injunction that prohibits enforcement of the one-year residency rule is in force in years in which redistricting takes place.[10]Mosquera won the November 2012 special election for the remainder of the term, defeating Lovett by a margin of 60 to 40 percent.[11]


  • Women and Children
  • Appropriations
  • Higher Education
  • Joint Committee on Economic Justice and Equal Employment Opportunity

District 4[edit]

Each of the forty 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 4th District for the 218th Legislature are:

Electoral history[edit]


New Jersey General Assembly Election, District 4[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Paul Moriarty (Incumbent)
Democratic Gabriela Mosquera (Incumbent)
Republican Paul Dilks
Republican Stephen Pakradrooni
Total votes
New Jersey general election, 2017 [13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Paul D. Moriarty 32,892 32.2 Increase 1.8
Democratic Gabriela M. Mosquera 31,800 31.2 Increase 1.3
Republican Patricia Jefferson Kline 18,386 18.0 Decrease 2.2
Republican Eduardo J. Maldonado 17,761 17.4 Decrease 2.0
Represent, Not Rule William McCauley Jr. 1,194 1.2 N/A
Total votes 102,033 100.0
New Jersey general election, 2015[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Paul D. Moriarty 17,454 30.4 Increase 1.4
Democratic Gabriela M. Mosquera 17,147 29.9 Increase 2.3
Republican Kevin P. Murphy 11,592 20.2 Decrease 1.9
Republican Jack Nicholson 11,131 19.4 Decrease 2.0
Total votes 57,324 100.0
New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2013[15]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Paul Moriarty (incumbent) 28,527 29.0
Democratic Gabriela Mosquera (incumbent) 27,095 27.6
Republican Philip Dieser 21,702 22.1
Republican Theodore M. Liddell 20,998 21.4
Democratic hold
Special election to the New Jersey General Assembly, 2012[16]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Gabriela Mosquera (incumbent) 55,027 60.6
Republican Shelley Lovett 35,835 39.4
Democratic hold
New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2011[17]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Paul Moriarty (incumbent) 22,734 30.0
Democratic Gabriela Mosquera 21,461 28.3
Republican Shelley Lovett 15,106 19.9
Republican Patricia Fratticcioli 14,275 18.8
Independent Tony Celeste 1,843 2.5
Democratic gain from Republican


  1. ^ "Assemblywoman Gabriela M. Mosquera (D)". Wayback Machine. Archived from the original on 19 March 2017. Retrieved 31 March 2019.
  2. ^ "New Jersey Legislature Committees and Membership 2016-2017 Legislative Session". Wayback Machine. Archived from the original on 7 December 2017. Retrieved 31 March 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Assemblyman Gabriela M. Mosquera Bio Page". NJ Assembly Majority Office. Retrieved August 30, 2015.
  4. ^ Assemblywoman Mosquera's legislative web page, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed July 2, 2012.
  5. ^ a b Osborne, James (October 18, 2012). "Lovett and Mosquera face off again for Assembly seat". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved August 30, 2015.
  6. ^ "Turnover in N.J. Legislature is slight". Asbury Park Press. January 10, 2012. Retrieved July 29, 2012.
  7. ^ Osborne, James. "N.J. Supreme Court dismisses assemblywoman's win, citing state's residency rule", The Philadelphia Inquirer, February 17, 2012. Accessed July 2, 2012. "The New Jersey Supreme Court invalidated Assemblywoman-elect Gabriela Mosquera's November election on Thursday in a 4-3 decision that upheld the state's one-year residency requirement for legislative candidates.... The election of Mosquera, who lives in Gloucester Township's Blackwood section, came under scrutiny after Republican Shelley Lovett - whom Mosquera defeated handily - filed suit in Superior Court in December."
  8. ^ Romalino, Carly Q. (March 5, 2012). "Gabriela Mosquera takes oath of office as newest Fourth District Assembly member". South Jersey Times. Retrieved August 30, 2015.
  9. ^ Barna, John. "Gabriela Mosquera, Shelley Lovett to square off once again for Assembly seat", Gloucester County Times, April 3, 2012. Accessed July 2, 2012. "Democrat Gabriela Mosquera and Republican Shelley Lovett will square off this November for a second time in a year to be one of the two Assemblymen representing the state’s fourth legislative district."
  10. ^ Romalino, Carly Q. "Federal court ruling validates Gabriela Mosquera election win, rejects Supreme Court findings", Gloucester County Times, June 29, 2012. Accessed July 2, 2012. "Assemblywoman Gabriela Mosquera’s 2011 election win has again been validated, this time by a federal court, which deemed the state Supreme Court wrong in voiding her Election Day votes because of residency issues."
  11. ^ Rizzo, Salvador (November 7, 2012). "N.J. Assemblywomen secure seats in special election". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved November 8, 2012.
  12. ^ "NJ General Assembly 04". Our Campaigns. Retrieved July 7, 2019.
  13. ^ "2017-official-general-election-results-general-assembly.pdf" (PDF). New Jersey Secretary of State. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 May 2019. Retrieved 30 March 2019.
  14. ^ "2015-official-ge-results-nj-general-assembly.pdf" (PDF). New Jersey Secretary of State. Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 April 2017. Retrieved 30 March 2019.
  15. ^ "Official List Candidates for General Assembly For GENERAL ELECTION 11/05/2013 Election" (PDF). Secretary of State of New Jersey. December 4, 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 1, 2014. Retrieved July 3, 2015.
  16. ^ "Official List Candidates for Special General Assembly For GENERAL ELECTION 11/06/2015 Election" (PDF). Secretary of State of New Jersey. January 14, 2013. Retrieved July 3, 2015.
  17. ^ Official List Candidate Returns for General Assembly For November 2011 General Election, New Jersey Department of State, December 14, 2011. Accessed July 2, 2012.

External links[edit]

New Jersey General Assembly
Preceded by
Domenick DiCicco
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly for the 4th District
March 5, 2012 – present
With: Paul Moriarty
Succeeded by