Gordon A. MacInnes is a Democratic politician from New Jersey who has served twice in the state Legislature. MacInnes was elected to the state Assembly in 1973 in a heavily Republican Morris County district, as part of the Watergate-driven Democratic landslide of that year. He was defeated in his re-election bid in 1975. In 1993, he won election to the state Senate in a major upset over incumbent Senate Majority Leader John Dorsey, again in a heavily Republican district. He again failed to win re-election in 1997, losing to Republican Anthony Bucco, who continues to hold that Senate seat.
MacInnes also served as Assistant Commissioner in the New Jersey Department of Education from 2002 to 2007. He serves as a member of the Board of Governors of Rutgers University. He also is a former executive director of the New Jersey Network.
MacInnes is the president of New Jersey Policy Perspective, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that researches and analyzes economic issues. MacInnes is a fellow at the Century Foundation in New York and was a lecturer at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.
He is married to Blair MacInnes, a philanthropist and former teacher who lives in Morris Township and has served on boards for many civic and charitable organizations. They have three sons and nine grandchildren.
- Rutgers University news release "Education Expert Gordon A. MacInnes Inducted to Rutgers’ Board of Governors" February 18, 2010
- Biography at Center for American Progress
- Preface Wrong for All the Right Reasons: How White Liberals Have Been Undone by Race By Gordon Macinnes
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