Jennifer Beck

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Jennifer Beck
Member of the New Jersey Senate
In office
January 8, 2008 – January 9, 2018
Preceded byEllen Karcher
Succeeded byVin Gopal
Constituency12th district (2008-12)
11th district (2012-18)
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly
from the 12th district
In office
January 10, 2006 – January 8, 2008
Preceded byRobert Lewis Morgan
Succeeded byCaroline Casagrande
Declan O'Scanlon
Personal details
Born (1967-01-03) January 3, 1967 (age 53)
Erie, Pennsylvania[1]
Political partyRepublican
Alma materUniversity of Pennsylvania, M.A.
Boston College, B.A.

Jennifer Beck (born January 3, 1967) is an American Republican Party politician who served in the New Jersey State Senate representing the 11th Legislative District from 2012 to 2018. Prior to redistricting, she served in the Senate from 2008 to 2012 representing the 12th Legislative District, serving portions of Monmouth and Mercer counties. Beck represented the 12th District in the New Jersey General Assembly from 2006 to 2008.

Political career[edit]

Beck is a former Republican Party fundraiser who served for six years on the Red Bank Borough Council, from 1999 to 2005.[2] She holds a B.A. from Boston College (Physics and Mathematics) and was awarded an M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania (Government Administration).[2] Beck is also an alumna of the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania.[citation needed]

Beck won a very close Assembly election on November 8, 2005. As of December 6, 2005, she was declared winner of one of the seats, and was the top vote getter in the District with 31,418 votes. Democratic freshman Assemblyman Michael J. Panter won re-election with 30,466 votes, narrowly edging Beck's running mate, Declan O'Scanlon, who had 30,401 votes, just 65 fewer than Panter. One-term incumbent Robert Lewis Morgan lost his bid for re-election, coming in fourth with 30,228 votes. Two Green Party candidates each received about 2,000 votes.[3][4] While in the Assembly, Beck served on the Judiciary Committee, the State Government Committee and the Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation Committee.[2]

In the 2007 general election, Beck won her bid for a seat in the New Jersey Senate in a race against Democratic candidate Ellen Karcher, in which Beck was outspent by a nearly seven-to-one margin.[5] For the 2011 elections, Beck was moved into the 11th District where she beat Democrat Raymond Santiago by over 13 points.[6] She was subsequently reelected by over 21 points in 2013 beating Democrat Michael Brantley and independent Marie E. Amato-Juckiewicz.[7] Beck currently serves on the Joint Committee on Economic Justice and Equal Employment Opportunity, the Budget and Appropriations Committee, and the Community and Urban Affairs Committee.[8]

In November 2008, a petition was launched to urge the 2009 Republican nominee for Governor of New Jersey to select Beck as his/her lieutenant governor. Nevertheless, on July 20, 2009, nominee Chris Christie announced that he had chosen Kimberly Guadagno, Monmouth County sheriff, to complete his campaign ticket as a candidate for lieutenant governor.[9]

Described by as "perhaps the biggest upset of the night", Beck lost her bid for re-election in 2017 to Democratic challenger Vin Gopal, in what was the third-most expensive of the 120 legislative races statewide, with total spending in excess of $4 million.[10] The district had been represented only by Republicans since 1992. With the addition of heavily Democratic communities like Asbury Park in the 2011 apportionment, Democrats gained a 32%-23% margin over Republicans in numbers of registered voters. Democrats Joann Downey and Eric Houghtaling won the two Assembly seats in 2015 and Gopal's win over Beck by an Election Day count of 28,750 votes to 25,108 put all three District 11 seats in the hands of Democrats.[11]

District 11[edit]

Each of the 40 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 11th District for the 2016-17 Legislative Session are:[12]

Election history[edit]

New Jersey State Senate elections, 2013[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jennifer Beck (incumbent) 30,531 60.0
Democratic Michael Brantley 19,735 38.8
For the People Marie E. Amato-Juckiewicz 599 1.2
Republican hold
New Jersey State Senate elections, 2011[6]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jennifer Beck (incumbent) 20,226 56.6
Democratic Raymond Santiago 15,487 43.4
Republican hold
New Jersey State Senate elections, 2007[13]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jennifer Beck 26,743 53.9
Democratic Ellen Karcher (incumbent) 22,844 46.1
Republican gain from Democratic
New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2005[4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jennifer Beck 31,418 24.8
Democratic Michael J. Panter (incumbent) 30,466 24.0
Republican Declan O'Scanlon 30,401 24.0
Democratic Robert Lewis Morgan (incumbent) 30,228 23.8
Green Ann Napolitano 2,303 1.8
Green Judith Stanton 2,052 1.6


  1. ^ "Senator Jennifer Beck" Archived 2009-12-05 at the Wayback Machine,, accessed November 5, 2009.
  2. ^ a b c Assemblywoman Beck's legislative web page, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed February 21, 2008.
  3. ^ Quirk, James A. "O'Scanlon concedes defeat to Panter INCUMBENT SECURES VICTORY BY 73 VOTES", Asbury Park Press, December 7, 2005. Accessed August 1, 2007. "Panter, who beat O'Scanlon by a 73-vote margin, will return to Trenton next year with Republican Jennifer Beck, who received the most votes in the election. Assemblyman Robert Morgan, Panter's running mate, received the fewest votes."
  4. ^ a b "Official List Candidate Returns for General Assembly for November 2005 General Election" (PDF). Secretary of State of New Jersey. December 16, 2005. Retrieved July 3, 2015.
  5. ^ Beck wins; Dems control both houses, Asbury Park Press, November 6, 2007. Accessed November 6, 2007.
  6. ^ a b Official List Candidate Returns for State Senate For November 2011 General Election Archived 2012-07-13 at the Wayback Machine, New Jersey Department of State, December 14, 2011. Accessed June 22, 2012.
  7. ^ a b "Official List Candidates for State Senate For GENERAL ELECTION 11/05/2015 Election" (PDF). Secretary of State of New Jersey. December 4, 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 4, 2015. Retrieved July 3, 2015.
  8. ^ "Senator Jennifer Beck". New Jersey Legislature. Retrieved July 3, 2015.
  9. ^ Ruth, João-Pierre (July 20, 2009), /article.asp?aID=78684 "Chris Christie picks running mate" Check |url= value (help), NJBiz, retrieved 2009-07-23
  10. ^ Sullivan, S. P.; and Johnson, Brent. "N.J. election results 2017: How the dramatic legislative races shook out", NJ Advance Media for, November 8, 2017. Accessed November 9, 2017. "In perhaps the biggest upset of the night, former Monmouth County Democratic Chair Vin Gopal unseated veteran Republican state Sen. Jennifer Beck in the 11th District along the Jersey Shore.... The candidates and outside special interest groups spent more than $4 million on the race -- the third-most of any legislative election this year."
  11. ^ Napoliello, Alex. "Vin Gopal upsets incumbent Jennifer Beck in hotly contested Dist. 11 race", NJ Advance media for, November 7, 2017. Accessed November 9, 2017. "According to unofficial results from the Monmouth County Clerk's Office, Gopal defeated Beck 28,750 votes to 25,108 votes.... This Shore district was once completely controlled by Republican lawmakers, but it saw a shift two years ago when Democrats picked up both its Assembly seats. And in redistricting, District 11 picked up Democratic towns such as Asbury Park. Democrats outnumber Republicans 32 percent to 23 percent in the district."
  12. ^ Legislative Roster 2016-2017 Session, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed November 9, 2017.
  13. ^ Official List Candidate Returns for State Senate For November 2007 General Election Archived 2012-08-22 at the Wayback Machine, New Jersey Department of State, December 3, 2007. Accessed June 22, 2012.

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New Jersey Senate
Preceded by
Sean T. Kean
Member of the New Jersey Senate for the 11th District
January 10, 2012 – January 9, 2018
Succeeded by
Vin Gopal
Preceded by
Ellen Karcher
Member of the New Jersey Senate for the 12th District
January 8, 2008 – January 10, 2012
Succeeded by
Samuel D. Thompson
New Jersey General Assembly
Preceded by
Robert Lewis Morgan
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly for the 12th District
January 10, 2006 – January 8, 2008
With: Michael J. Panter
Succeeded by
Caroline Casagrande
Declan O'Scanlon