Jeff Van Drew

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Jeff Van Drew
Member of the New Jersey Senate
from the 1st district
Assumed office
January 8, 2008
Preceded by Nicholas Asselta
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly
from the 1st district
In office
January 8, 2002 – January 8, 2008
Personal details
Born (1953-02-23) February 23, 1953 (age 64)
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Ricarda Van Drew
Residence Dennis Township
Alma mater B.S.Rutgers University
D.D.S. Fairleigh Dickinson University
Internship at Veterans' Administration New Jersey Healthcare
Occupation Dentist
Website Legislative web page

Jeff Van Drew (born February 23, 1953) is an American Democratic Party politician who has served in the New Jersey Senate since 2008, where he represents the 1st Legislative District. From 2002 to 2008, Van Drew represented the 1st District in the General Assembly.[1]

Political career[edit]

On November 6, 2007, Van Drew won his bid for a seat in the New Jersey Senate, defeating Republican incumbent Nicholas Asselta.[2] In November 2011, Van Drew defeated Republican challenger David S. DeWeese by a margin of 24,557-20,857.[3] He was reelected in the 2013 elections defeating Upper Township Republican businesswoman Susan Adelizzi Schmidt by 20 points.[4]

Van Drew serves in the Senate on the Community and Urban Affairs Committee (Chair) and the Budget Committee.[1] In the Assembly, Van Drew was a prime sponsor of the Fair Market Drug Pricing Act to provide reduced prescription drugs to eligible low-income consumers.

He has also sponsored legislation to address New Jersey's nursing shortage. Among his other legislative achievements are prohibiting unwanted telemarketing calls, controlling prescription drug errors, enforcing the ban on self-service gasoline stations, protections against predatory lending and tougher penalties for those who use the Internet to prey on children.[citation needed]

Van Drew served on the Dennis Township Committee in 1991, and as Mayor from 1997 to 2003 and from 1994 to 1995. Van Drew served on the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders from 1994 to 1997. He was the Dennis Township Fire Commissioner from 1983 to 1986.[1] Van Drew has served as president of the New Jersey Dental Society and a board expert of the New Jersey Board of Dentistry.

As a Cape May County Freeholder, Van Drew campaigned for an Atlantic Cape Community College campus in Cape May County, a goal that was realized with a groundbreaking ceremony for the campus in late 2002.[5]

Van Drew graduated with a B.S. from Rutgers University and was awarded a D.D.S. degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University.[1] He is a resident of Dennis Township, New Jersey.[6]

District 1[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 1st Legislative District for the 2014-2015 Legislative Session are:[7]

Election history[edit]

New Jersey State Senate elections, 2013[8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jeff Van Drew (incumbent) 34,624 59.4%
Republican Susan Adelizzi Schmidt 22,835 39.2%
Independent Tom Greto 825 1.4%
Democratic hold
New Jersey State Senate elections, 2011[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jeff Van Drew (incumbent) 24,557 54.0
Republican David S. DeWeese 20,857 45.9
Democratic hold
New Jersey State Senate elections, 2007[9]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jeff Van Drew 28,240 55.7
Republican Nicholas Asselta (incumbent) 22,469 44.3
Democratic gain from Republican


  1. ^ a b c d Senator Van Drew's Legislative web page, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed March 31, 2008.
  2. ^ Tamari, Jonathan. "Beck wins; Dems control both houses", Asbury Park Press, November 6, 2007. Accessed November 6, 2007. "Democrats, however, won two Senate seats in other traditionally Republican districts with victories by Assemblyman Jeff Van Drew, D-Cape May, and Assemblyman Jim Whelan, D-Atlantic, who ousted Sen. Nicholas Asselta, R-Cumberland, and Sen. James 'Sonny' McCullough, R-Atlantic."
  3. ^ a b Official List Candidate Returns for State Senate For November 2011 General Election, New Jersey Department of State, December 14, 2011. Accessed January 7, 2012.
  4. ^ Friedman, Matt (November 5, 2013). "Jeff Van Drew holds on to N.J. Senate seat in Cape May County". NJ Advance Media. Retrieved July 3, 2015. 
  5. ^ Vince Conti (April 13, 2016). "County Struggled To Create Campus, Vision Took Form". Cape May County Herald. Retrieved April 4, 2017. 
  6. ^ Assembly Member Jeff Van Drew profile, Project Vote Smart. Accessed August 8, 2007.
  7. ^ Legislative Roster 2014-2015 Session, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed January 14, 2014.
  8. ^ "Official List Candidates for State Senate For GENERAL ELECTION 11/05/2015 Election" (PDF). Secretary of State of New Jersey. December 4, 2013. Retrieved July 3, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-08-03. Retrieved 2011-12-12.  "New Jersey Senate, (retrieved on 12/12/11).

External links[edit]

New Jersey Senate
Preceded by
Nicholas Asselta
Member of the New Jersey Senate for the 1st District
Succeeded by
New Jersey General Assembly
Preceded by
Nicholas Asselta
John C. Gibson
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly for the 1st District
With: Nicholas Asselta, John C. Gibson, Nelson Albano
Succeeded by
Nelson Albano
Matthew W. Milam